Hi: I just had a test for Sjogren's Syndrome about a month ago. My dr. noticed
an elevated liver enzyme level and decided to have more specific tests done to
determine RA, Sjogren's Syndrome and any other condition this blood test might
show. Sjogren's Syndrome is a multi-symptom condition (you MUST be
diagnosed with RA before they will confirm Sjogren's). In my case, it is Sjogren's
RA & also psoriasis...........so I have more than one thing going on. Now the
iron level in my liver is too high (471) and they don't know why.
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I do not believe it to be true that you MUST be diagnosed with RA before confirming Sjogrens. You can have either primary Sjogrens (without another autoimmune disease such as RA) or RA and secondary Sjogrens. I am currently being checked for PsA. Psoriatic Arthritis has a negative test result for rheumatoid factor (RF) but someone with PsA can have dry eye syndrome (Conjunctivitis Sicca).
Hi: Actually, the tests shows percentages and symbols that the
dr. has to decipher. The best dr. to help you is the Rheumatologist.
He is specially trained in everything involving arthritis and conditions
that can break out because of the Rheumatoid Arthritis. This is
what Sjogren's is. The immune system becomes very erratic.
Sjogrens is not the same as Rhuematoid Arthritis, both are autoimmune diseases but that's where it ends. 1.You can have one without the other 2. You are able to get Sjogrens secondary to RA 3. You can get Primary Sjogrens. As far as labs go, it is also possible to be diagnosed without positive ANA and all the other rhuematiod factors. Schirmer test and salivary gland biopsy will confirm it along with extensive history taken by a rhuematologist/neurologist/ophthalmologist/PCP team.