The thing I hate most about being on a slew of medications is that they give you dry mouth. My mouth is drier than the Sahara Desert, if that's possible. The more I talk, the worse it gets; it seems like I have a bunch of cotton in my mouth.
I also have lupus, an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks itself. Instead of fighting off infection and inflammation that would cause illness, lupus has the potential to damage internal or external organ systems.
I have had lupus for several years. I started becoming ill in 1999 when I was experiencing chronic fatigue. I'm a single mom who was raising two small autistic sons at that time. I was really burning the candle at both ends.
Long story short, I started having dizzy spells. I couldn't tolerate being in the sun and heat anymore. In fact, one hot summer day, I fainted. My speech was slurred but I was able to use my neighbor's phone to call the ambulance.
I had a stroke that summer of 1999. I had lost oxygen from my brain which caused the slurred speech. My chronic fatigue came from an extremely low blood platelet count. I wasn't diagnosed with lupus then because of the number of things happening to me.
I was hospitalized several times for the same things until 2004 when I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, or SLE. Lupus is called "The Great Mimicker" because it masks so many other disorders. You think you have one thing when you may have another.
Being on a lot of medications for lupus and other supplements may be the culprit for my dry mouth but it could be the onset of a flare up. I've learned to pay attention to the small things or the red flags which contribute to flare ups.
Thankfully, Biotene products work extremely well for dry mouth. They're expensive but when you use the mouthwash, spray, and toothpaste collectively, your mouth will be back to normal in no time.
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