In Sjögren’s Syndrome and Lupus etc, the immune system, part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs (attacks “in and on” the body,) like the flu, inflammation, rheumatoid pain, certain respiratory problems ) is normally controlled the Immune System, in our condition it fails to function properly and more often than not turns on its self to further attack the body rather than assist in repairing the damage.
Healthy immune systems produce “antibodies” that protect the body from attacks. Antibodies are proteins in the blood that the body produces to fight off foreign agents. Antibodies do this by creating an immunity against unfamiliar microorganisms.
Autoimmune means your immune system cannot tell the difference between the invaders and your body’s healthy tissues and creates the needed defensive reaction.
Autoantibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue ("auto" means "self" in this situation).
These autoantibodies cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body.
Your doctor should be able to help or refer you to the appropriate specialists.