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Description - The Sjogren's Syndrome Survival Guide by Teri P. Rumpf

Little is known in the medical community about Sjogren's (show-grins) Syndrome - the most prevalent autoimmune disorder. Sufferers often spend years going from specialist to specialist before being properly diagnosed. This debilitating illness, in which the body's immune system mistakenly attacks its own moisture producing glands, results in dry eyes and dry mouth, and dryness of the skin, nose, and vagina. It can also affect the kidneys, Gl tract, blood vessels, lung, liver, pancreas, and the central nervous system. The Sjogren's Syndrome Survival Guide is the first and only book to provide a specific programme of self-help strategies for sufferers. Psychologist and chronic illness specialist Teri Rumpf, Ph.D., and Kathy Hammitt, Past President of the Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation, are both Sjogren's sufferers. They offer readers the newest medical information and an in-depth explanation of the disorder, including how it is diagnosed. They teach readers how to advocate for themselves within the health care system and how to team up with a physician to coordinate the necessary medical care. Readers patients learn the most effective ways to reduce symptoms, deal with pain, and cope psychologically with Sjogren's challenges.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781572243569
ISBN-10: 1572243562
Format: Paperback
(230mm x 157mm x 13mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: New Harbinger Publications
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Teri P. Rumpf

Teri P. Rumpf, Ph.D., is a psychologist in private practice specializing in treating who suffer from chronic illness. Katherine Morland Hammit is the past president of the Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation and currently works as its public policy director. She is also a member of the coordinating committee for research in autoimmune diseases for the National Institutes of Health.