there are many studies and journals out there to read,that said...they are both autoimmune disorders. i think you can have both but it is not normally linked together like lupus and sjogrens or rheumatoid .sjogrens can manifest in symptoms like MS with it's neuro component though rather rare. I am struggling with this issue currently as well. I do have sjogrens and some rather strange symptoms...... how about you? i found most of my info by just by tediously seaching journals and published studies online.... i have had 2 years. ha ha
I was diagnosed with MS in 2002 and since then my lab test have came back with elevated counts on sjogrens. And I also have terrible leg/cramps/pain. No eye/mouth dryness. But, everytime I have blood work done levels for sjogrens is elevated. The interesting thing is that my doctors have said not to worry about it. That the labs must be wrong!!!! I think I should be seeing my doctor about this! Just does not make sense. MS and Sjogrens they are both autoimmune disease
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hi to all
Thank you for responding, I guess the conflicting reports that the two diseases do mimic each other as what I found out. That if on your MRI's the lesions are larger then 3mm in the white matter it is ms and if lesions are only smaller then 3mm in the white matter it is sjogrens. For myself dry eye, dry mouth, my blood ANAchoice are postive, SSB Anibody are positive and lesions on my MRI's are larger then 3mm in the white matter and many smaller ones.
Hope this is helpful
I was originally diagnosed with M.S., but now the main school-of-thought is that I have CNS involved Sjogrens instead. My original neurologist thinks I may have both, as it is the same destructive anti-body which is believed responsible for both diseases. However, other neurologists, and Elaine Alexander, a neurologist who has done extensive testing on the subject, believes a patient will have only one or the other disease. May I ask why you have been diagnosed with both? Did you test positive in your Cerebral Spinal Fluid for oligoclonal bands? This would indicate M.S., but not conclusively. I am not disputing what your experts have diagnosed you with. I am merely looking to find out what renders the diagnosis of both diseases concurrently, as there is much back-and-forth between my specialists about me in this regard. Thus far, I'm only being followed for Sjogren's. Any thoughts would be most welcome.
On a personal note, how are you coping? It must be very spiritually wearing to live with both these diseases. My thoughts and good wishes are sent to you. Take care.