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Old 06-02-2012, 11:32 AM   #1
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Blue- Sjogrens info please :)

I'm seeing a new dr Monday & wanna be tested for sjogrens. What kind of test is it? I've had blood work done a few times to check for "autoimmune disorders". Is that the same test or is it a different test for sjogrens? I know I have some symptoms. But you know how that is. It'll likely be negative. But I like to be tested for everything just in case... So I figured you were of course the best person to ask about this..
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Old 06-02-2012, 09:12 PM   #2
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Re: Blue- Sjogrens info please :)

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I'm seeing a new dr Monday & wanna be tested for sjogrens. What kind of test is it? I've had blood work done a few times to check for "autoimmune disorders". Is that the same test or is it a different test for sjogrens? I know I have some symptoms. But you know how that is. It'll likely be negative. But I like to be tested for everything just in case... So I figured you were of course the best person to ask about this..
hi tori,
it's a simple blood test. well simple for us, giggle. work for the person stuck evaluating our blood. remember to tell your doctor not ask. you tell them you want it for your peace of mind. being able to rule out something always feels good. i'm hoping you don't have it.
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Re: Blue- Sjogrens info please :)

Thank You I read there are biopsies... But blood work should be good enough right?
One thing that got my attention is burning eyes... Thus normal for me & had it for such a long time. But my eyes usually water too much. They get pretty dry sometimes. I read that watery eyes with sjogrens is normal. That the tears don't have all the libricating ingredients which is why they'll still burn. Then dry sinus, head pressure, joint & muscle pain ect... So there are allot of symptoms that could be this... But they are also fibro symptoms which is why I blaim fibro for them lol
Anyhow, I'll feel better once the test is over with. I just know there is something else going on. My primary thinks I have something hormonal wrong & I agree.
Anyhow, Thank You again as usual
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Re: Blue- Sjogrens info please :)

Tori, I hope your new doc visit goes well. blue is right, tell the dr what tests you want if it's something you feel is necessary for your peace of mind and possibly any answers to what is going on.

 
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Re: Blue- Sjogrens info please :)

hi tori,
forget the biopsy bit. all that is needed is a blood test. i read all that too and asked my doc. he said why go thru hades when a blood test tells the same story. love answers like that. he said a biopsy is overkill and only when blood work is inconclusive, which is rare. his words not mine.
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Re: Blue- Sjogrens info please :)

Thank You!
You know how it is, you want to be tested & it has to be accurate lol
This Doctor I'm seeing, I'm not really sure if she's a Rhumetologist or not. I'm going to OSHU & seeing a doctor that treat only fibro. There is a Rhumetology Clinic & also a Fibro Clinic. I'm hoping she could test me do I don't have to make another appt with my other doctor...
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Re: Blue- Sjogrens info please :)

Even if the blood tests for SS aren't positive, you should also see an ophthalmologist for your eyes as you can test negative for SS but still have the eye problems. Sjogrens can be secondary to other disorders(I have it secondary to RA).

The eye tests are pretty easy although they don't sound like it. The very watery eyes with pain and burning is what it is....makes people think it's allergies but that thin fluid makes the eyes worse. So they do a Schirmer Test where they but a dye in your eyes and then look at the cornea to see if it shows it being dry(looks like shattered glass when very dry) and they also do another where they put tiny strips of a special paper in the lower lids and have you wait for 10 minutes(or 5...I don't remember how long)and then they measure just how wet the paper has gotten in terms of millimeters. If it's 5mms. or less of soaking the paper, then you have dry eyes.

You can have dryness all over the place but it's your eyes that need the most care. I use Restasis drops and then use dry eye drops almost on an hourly basis when my eyes are bad, less when they are stable. My Sjogrens flares separately from my Ra. Wish I could just synchronize them so I could be bad all at once and then better at the same time...but auto-immune never does what you want it to.

But please see an ophthalmologist and get the eyes tested....don't risk your vision.

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Re: Blue- Sjogrens info please :)

Hello,
The more I read on this the more I wonder... The facial swelling caused by the glands, edema, nasal pressure... Those are things I figured we're because of fibro. I have many symptoms of sjorgens but they could be anything... I've had dry or watery eyes for such a long time, I don't know when it started... Atleast 10 yrs. I've been tested for diabetes because I go through phases of always feeling so thirsty. For awhile there I carried a gallon jug of water everywhere & drank atleast one of those daily. It's not that bad these days though. But I carry water with me everywhere I go. For me my eyes sting but I'm so used to it. I hate that my eye liner runs so much. My eyes over water when I'm in the car or outside. But that's been the least of my problems lol Never really though about it till the other day. I did get my vision checked a few month ago. The eye dr looked at my eyes because i did tell her they can be really dry. She said my eyes are overly dry & gave me eye drops. But I think my husband took off with the drops because I didn't know what happend to them.
If it comes out negative I'll see about getting an appt with that kind of dr...
Yesterday I used Saline nose drops to see if it would help. A little while later my husband asked if I had been crying. I hadn't been... He said my eyes looked alittle puffy & looks like I had been crying... Maybe the salt in the saline did that? I have noticed I'm sensitive to salt. I have had edema issues for awhile now.
I do hope the test is negative. I know there is something else going on but I want it to be something curable. Don't we all huh... Which over the counter drops work best?
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Re: Blue- Sjogrens info please :)

I couldn't decide about the lip biopsy. my meds are contributing to dryness, no doubt, but it predates the meds.

Started having a frog in my throat, and other stuff so I did the lip biopsy. It does take several months for the nerve pain from that little snip to go away, but I got a good feeling about knowing the answer. Then I moved on to trying to get a dr to work diagnosing another bothersome problem, and got answers on that Not happy to have another problem officially diagnosed, but it's important to know sometimes, because now I can try to protect myself from that.

You have to read the symptoms, and make your best informed decision, based on your gut. I have figured out two out of three this year. Not so bad.

 
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Re: Blue- Sjogrens info please :)

hi tori,
i like systane. allergic to restasis. the eye doc can't diagnose you. any other of your docs can order the test. i have already had the cataract surgery and replaced the lens's in my eyes. also had all my teeth out so most of the scary junk i already did and it was not that scary. giggle. i have a perfect smile now.
i thought long and hard about the biopsies before electing to skip it.
with dry eye it's a good idea to use eye drops 4 times a day.
have fun at the docs today.
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Re: Blue- Sjogrens info please :)

Thank You I'm there now... Yikes about the lip test! Ouch!
Hopefully this will be helpful... I've seen many drs that were worthless so trying to not get my hopes too high...
Had friends over late last night, not much sleep & miserable... Ugh
I'll update you guys later
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Re: Blue- Sjogrens info please :)

This dr is good. Talked allot, ran some exams. Lots of bloodwork. She wants me to do a sleep steady. I go back in 6 weeks. If everything comes back negative we figure out the next step then. She does think that my Fatigue is what's causing me so much more problems. Maybe a sleep steady will show something... She says that I've had the test to look for autoimmune disorders & it was negative. But she did notice how dry I am. Said my mouth is really dry (I brought my poweraid with me & had been drinking it. He said ingredients are good). She said my toughie was so dry you'd think I was running a 105 temperature... There is many tests that she ran I'd never hear of. Runing a growth hormone deficiency test again. Anyhow, she does think there is something else going on & has a game plan to figure out what it is so I'm on the right track!
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Old 06-04-2012, 04:08 PM   #13
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Re: Blue- Sjogrens info please :)

Hi Tori, sounds like things are looking up for you. I just had a few minutes before being on the run again and was checking in on the boards. Glad to see you found a doc that may listen to you. Keep us posted.

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Re: Blue- Sjogrens info please :)

Thank You
Sounds like you are busy! Hope you are feeling good!
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Re: Blue- Sjogrens info please :)

Well I was feeling good, but if I may have a little vent here. My endo had upped my thyroid med and I was feeling so much better until this past 5 or 6 days when I was too hyper and even with all the muscle relaxers and ambien I could not fall asleep for hours. So I had to tell the doc and I suggested a dosage I thought would help. Her nurse called and she is lowering my dosage lower than when I went hypo. I am not happy and I told the nurse that and said I will be letting her know immediately when I hit bottom again, because this is not going to work. What annoys me is that I have to go through all the 'crap' again to get the 'crappy' blood test. The problem is when I test again in 6wks. I won't be hypo yet it takes longer than that for the levels to drop.
Sorry Tori didn't mean to hijack your thread. I have been really busy, but most of it was really great with those grandbabies. Of course you are like my DIL, you have the young ones and they aren't as cute sometimes to their parents.....giggle!

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