When I was first was diagnosed with Sjogren's, it seemed just a 'nuisance' disease...you know, dry eyes, dry mouth etc. I had no idea it could have so many repercussions!!
Three years ago, I experienced a perforation during a colonoscopy and was rushed into emergency surgery. The fascia wouldn't stay closed and I ended up having a second surgery 10 days later. I ended up with a 12" long incision and 5 retention sutures going almost all the way across my belly. Even then it didn't want to close. 32 days in Hospital and daily nursing care at home for almost a year; and then it still just wouldn't heal. Almost a year later, I required a plastic surgeon to close it. I am all scar tissue inside now and still have issues to this day.
Sjogren's is not just about eyes and mouth. It is a serious disease that can easily turn deadly. Most hospital doctors (and wound nurses) did not even realize this. I looked 'normal' on the outside but inside it has caused so much damage. Not sure doctors are fully educated on this syndrome. It has progressed in other areas too, but this was the scariest so far.
Just a warning to be very careful with it.