RECOGNIZING

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Sarcoidosis is a mystery

A person may experience a variety of common and often unrelated symptoms, such as:

 

Fatigue

Weight Loss

Cough

Headache

Rash

Fever

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No one knows what causes it

Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease where something triggers the body’s natural disease fighting system to go into overdrive.

Sarcoidosis can affect almost any organ in the body

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Here are the most common symptoms of sarcoidosis

Eyes

Blurry vision
Dry or watery eyes
Red eyes
Eye pain

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Affects 25% of all sarcoidosis patients

 

Lymph Nodes

Enlarged lymph nodes
(usually seen on chest x-rays)
Most often they are in the neck, but lymph nodes under the chin, in the arm pits and in the groin can also be affected

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Affects 90% of all sarcoidosis patients

 

Lungs

Coughing
Wheezing
Painful breathing
Shortness of breath

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90%

Affects 90% of all sarcoidosis patients

 

Skin

Rash, sometimes painful
Reddish bumps
Dry patches

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Affects 25% of all sarcoidosis patients

 

Sometimes symptoms are severe – other times a person may have no symptoms at all

25% patients experience severe onset of symptoms

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25% – 40% of patients experience slow, subtle increase in symptoms

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25% – 40% of patients experience no symptoms

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Just like the symptoms vary for each patient, so does the outlook for each patient’s long-term health

For some patients, sarcoidosis goes away on its own in  1 to 3 years

 

Some patients experience periods where symptoms flare up and periods when symptoms abate

 

Some patients live with sarcoidosis throughout their lives

Take Action

There are many tests and techniques doctors can use to diagnose sarcoidosis

 

Medications and healthy living can help patients deal with many of the symptoms

 

If you suspect you may have sarcoidosis, download The Sarcoid 5 that contains a list of questions to start your conversation with your doctor

 

 

 

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