Angelic - My Sjogren's was diagnosed with blood tests. The Rheumatologist asked if I wanted to go and have the lip biopsy done just to give me 100% peace of mind that this was my diagnosis but he assured me that by my bloodwork it was Sjogren's and he really didn't want me to have to endure any furthur unnecessary procedures so I opted not to have it done. I've been through enough in the last few years so the less surgical anything I can get by with is great
I know what you mean about the Plaquenil being very slow acting. The doctor told me about this and that was sort of disheartening but I'm hoping it will be worth it in the end. I have only taken 4 doses so far of this medicine and I don't know if it is coincidence or if it is the drug but every evening I've been sick to my stomach, I'm not sleeping at night, and just a general kind of strange feeling. But, if it is so slow acting, couldn't it still make me have these feelings this fast? I guess I think "okay, 3 months to see any benefits, yet I get sick to my stomach about 3 hours after I take the pill and haven't slept all night since I started it".....?????
As far as the pain goes, I am going to a Pain Management Center on November 4th. I was going in October but had to cancel because it was on the same day the Rheumatologist called and said they could work me in and I wasn't going to pass that appt. up. So, I'm hoping for good results from them and the Rheumatologist said that was fine with him just to give them his name so they could send him any records he may need in the future. Right now, I pretty much live on Lortab and Aleve. I had bloodwork done for my liver function because of the lortab because I had been taking it for a while and it was fine.
I wish none of us had to deal with this stuff. I have to say when I was graduating from high school and college, I never dreamed when I was 34 that I would feel like I was 70. I didn't even feel like this 3 years ago. My husband keeps telling me that we'll get it all straightened out and I'll get back to myself....I sure hope so!!!