Around one-third of fibromyalgia patients also have Sjögren’s Syndrome, yet most don’t know about it.
Sjögren’s Syndrome is an autoimmune condition that affects the moisture-producing cells in your body. Today Tami is excited to share her conversation with Brenda Faverio, a graduate of the first Fibromyalgia Coach training class and one of the first Certified Fibromyalgia Coaches®. As someone with Sjögren’s and fibromyalgia, Brenda shares the insights she uncovered on her healing journey and the experiences of the many women she’s coached.
In this conversation, Tami and Brenda discuss what happens to the body with Sjögren’s Syndrome, common symptoms and associated risks of Sjögren’s, the overlap between fibromyalgia and Sjögren’s, Brenda’s journey to Sjögren’s diagnosis, her family history of autoimmune disease, how the Schirmer tear test works, the importance of a supportive and knowledgeable medical team, the evil sidekicks that Brenda experienced alongside her Sjögren’s, her experience with testing and treatment from a top Sjögren’s specialist, the massive car accident that dramatically increased her symptoms, Brenda’s fibromyalgia diagnosis, how Brenda found her “why”, transforming from a dutiful patient to a proactive patient, the importance of taking action in addition to education, how Brenda found Tami and the decision to become a Certified Fibromyalgia Coach®, why she believes it takes a village to get through your autoimmune healing journey, how Brenda keeps her Sjögren’s and fibromyalgia well-managed, building the skillset for managing your symptoms, red flags that suggest you should explore a Sjögren’s diagnosis, how fibromyalgia symptoms show up differently from Sjögren’s symptoms, first steps to take if you recognize Sjögren’s red flags, how you can work with Brenda, words of encouragement for you wherever you are in your fibro journey, and more.Read More