I have had blood work and it came back negative for Sjogrens Syndrome yet I have many symptoms including eye pain (dryness), tingling sometimes in my face, severe vertigo at times, anxiety, depression and a few more. Should I rule this out since the test came back normal?!
What did your Dr say? Have you had an evaluation by either a rheumatologist or eye specialist? They would be the ones to evaluate or determine whether your symptoms would indicate Sjogren's or some other cause for the dry eyes and what the significance of your other symptoms may be. Is your mouth also dry?
I've had neurological issues since I was 2 due to being born premature. He ruled out that my issues I'm dealing with are not neurological. I haven't had a follow up with my rheumatologist yet but they said that all the tests were normal. I do have dry mouth and about 80-85% of the symptoms that Sjogrens syndrome cause as well as mouth issues. Is it possible to have MS at the age of 20?
Sjogren's can be seronegative, or the sicca symptoms may be due to something else. The good news is that if your symptoms are severe enough, there are medications you can take in addition to OTC remedies. Best wishes and do let us know how you're doing.
You asked if it is possible to have MS at the age of 20. Yes, very definately. The usual age for dx is between 18-40; however younger people are being dx with MS now a days due to better testing. There is no one specific test for MS; but if you are interested in reading more about it, you can read up on the revised McDonald Criteria, which shows what must be done to get a dx.
You mentioned "eye pain (dryness), tingling sometimes in my face, severe vertigo at times, anxiety"- all of these are symptoms of MS....
I woke up one day 8 years ago with numbness and tingling in my hand and fingers...thinking it was a pinched nerve, I did nothing until the pain got so bad 24 hours later, that I called my doctor. A CT scan showed abnormalities, a Neurologist was called in to consult, and into a MRI I went.....45 minutes later, they discovered the damage to my nerve conductors- the Myelin sheath, which covers the nerves, in my brain was fried.... two weeks later, I started having eye pain, and went to my eye doctor, who sent me to a neuro=opthamologist...who discovered that my optic nerve was inflammed- this is known as Optical Neuritis...all of this, equaled Multiple Scerlosis..
8 years later, im in post graduate school- work as a Regional Manager for a very busy company, traveling constantly. I have 3 kids, and a husband. Nothing stops me...but off and on, I do suffer with significant MS symptoms...
Its worth a discussion with your Rheumy......just to see if a MRI is worth having. Thats the first test they do- spine and brain, with and without contrast...
Hope you get your answers..
RRMS- dx 05
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