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Dryness of the mouth, nose or eyes can happen in otherwise normal persons, but more than 25% of fibromyalgia (FM) patients have this symptom. Dryness occurs when glands do not produce the normal amounts or quality of tears to lubricate the eyes or saliva to lubricate the mouth. This problem is commonly associated with rheumatoid and other types of arthritis and is called Sjogren's syndrome. There is no single known cause. Although dryness is mainly uncomfortable, the loss of normal lubrication for the eyes can increase risk of infection. The loss of normal saliva and lubrication in the mouth increases the chance of tooth decay. See your opthamologist and/or dentist for treatment. (Source: The Fibromyalgia Handbook: A 7-Step Program to Halt and Even Reverse Fibromyalgia, by Harris H. McIlwain, M.D., and Debra Fulghum Bruce, M.S.)

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