Re: dry eyes now what?
Hi I am in the process of find out what is going on also. To answer your question, blood work can be negative and a lip biopsy is the only way to truly determine if you have sjogrens. I am seeing another neurologist next week and after that appointment I may take up the lip biopsy offer the rheumotologist made.
I was diagnosed years ago with sjogrens as a result of ruptured implants and being very ill. My diagnosis then was done with a schneers test. I also was diagnosed with a mixed connective tissue disease and fibromyalgia.
After my implants were removed, I was left with the fibromyalgia, reynauds and very dry eyes and mouth. I have been fine for 15 years. However, about 6 years ago, I started having horrible night sweats and shakes. I thought it was menopause but I don't think so now. 3 years ago I was injured at work and my problems really increased. I have bouts of weakness, tremors, aches, body cramping, chest pain, mitral valve prolapse, tacycardia, burning, tingling, electrical jolts, GI pain, bladder spasms,abnormal liver enzymes and 10 months ago lost the vision for a few minutes in one eye. This prompted brain scans and I have calcifications and abnormal brain shrinkage. I can't have a MRI so it is difficult to determine the causes. I now have a HMO and the doctors keep passing me around.
The rheumotolgist I saw the other day, said because my ANA came back normal I didn't have an autoimmune disease but like I said offered the lip biopsy. I started seeking information and read the lip biopsy if done correctly will give the answer. The dr had me open my mouth to see how long it took for saliva to fill up. It didn't happen. She is referring me to an opthamologist because over the counter tears are not working. I also use the night time tears in the form of a gel placed in the lower lid. My eyeball actually hurts because it gets so dry. My vision is blurry in the one eye and I don't read books anymore.
Like you I am wondering if I have m.s.or if my symptoms are from the sjogrens. Either can cause the brain findings and I read sjogrens can cause the bladder spasms.
I hope you find some answers out too.