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- Schaumann's disease
Your QuestionI have been diagnosed with sarcoidosis. This condition has caused me severe pain and I wish to learn anything that might be useful to share with my doctors. Could this condition be the result of working in a hot silk-screen paint shop? Will I ever get over this condition? How can I manage the symptoms?
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If granulomas form in the lungs, symptoms may include shortness of breath (dyspnea), a cough that won't go away, and chest pain. Some people feel very tired, uneasy, or depressed. Night sweats and weight loss are also common.
- Skin rashes, ulcers or discoloration
- Joint stiffness or pain
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Enlarged liver or spleen
- Vision problems, eye dryness or irritation
- Headaches, seizures, or weakness on one side of the face
- Aches and pains in the muscles and bones
- Abnormal heart beats
- Kidney stones
Since the exact cause of sarcoidosis is not fully understood, it is difficult to say whether a specific exposure might be to blame. We recommend that you discuss your concerns regarding your occupational exposure with your physicians.
- the symptoms present
- the severity of the symptoms
- whether any vital organs (e.g., your lungs, eyes, heart, or brain) are affected
- how the organ is affected.
Some organs must be treated, regardless of your symptoms. Others may not need to be treated. Usually, if a patient doesn't have symptoms, he or she doesn't need treatment, and probably will recover in time. 
Currently, the drug that is most commonly used to treat sarcoidosis is prednisone. When a patient's condition gets worse when taking prednisone or when the side effects of prednisone are severe in the patient, a doctor may prescribe other drugs. Most of these other drugs reduce inflammation by suppressing the immune system. These other drugs include: hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil), methotrexate, azathioprine (Imuran), and cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan). Researchers continue to look for new and better treatments for sarcoidosis. Anti-tumor necrosis factor drugs and antibiotics are currently being studied.
More detailed information about the treatment of sarcoidosis can be found at the following links:
- What Is Sarcoidosis?. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. June 14, 2013; http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sarc.
- Sarcoidosis. MayoClinic.com. January 22, 2016; http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sarcoidosis/home/ovc-20177969.
- Hadjiliadis D, Zieve D. Sarcoidosis. MedlinePlus. June 22, 2015; https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000076.htm.
- Sarcoidosis. American Lung Association. 2016; http://www.lung.org/lung-health-and-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/sarcoidosis/.
- Kamangar N. Sarcoidosis. Medscape Reference. July 31, 2015; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/301914-overview.
- Iannuzzi MC, Sah BP. Sarcoidosis. Merck Manual. March 2014; http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/pulmonary-disorders/sarcoidosis/sarcoidosis.