Re: sjogrens dry eyes
I have just been diagnosed with sjogren's, so i am definately new this, but have had symptoms for over 5 yrs. The last piece of the puzzle was a dry mouth. My tongue actually swelled and was very painful. Still no Dr put it together, and i'd seen 41 diff drs over the yrs. It started with sinus and eustachian tube problems, weird body inflammation that would come and then just dissapear, blurry vision, gynecological dryness and pain, constant diarrhea, stomache problems, etc. I obviously had dry eyes, but to me, it was blurry vision. I was told i was getting old, (i'm only 48), Utah is dry,etc, all valid reasons for my problems. But when i put them all together, i finally asked for a blood test, it was negative, so i asked for a lip biopsy, and it was positive. I knew blood tests were not always valid, and i had all the other symptoms, so to me, it made sense. Plus i had blood tests in the past with an extremely high SED rate, but the dr had no answer for me. I also am on Restasis and Salagen to stimulate my saliva glands. But i had to ASK for a tear test, just like the lip biospy. I was told i barely have any tears. Everyone is different. I'm actually glad i had a dry mouth, it finally gave me an answer to feeling like a freak with all my weird symptoms over the yrs. It doesn't all happen at once, just be aware of it. I had never heard of sjogren's before my dry mouth. I had been told i'd been tested for ALL auto immune diseases. Sjogren's is a completely diff test. I hope u don't have it, but at least u will know the symptoms, and don't be afraid to ask for any test if u feel u need it. I wish u the best.