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Old 11-17-2010, 07:34 AM   #1
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I think I may have Sjogren's Syndrome


I haven't been diagnosed with Sjogren but, but I have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. I've read that they go hand in hand. Would that have shown up on all the blood work my rheumy did? My symptom is just very dry eyes. Refresh worked for awhile but now I have to use it throughout the day. What are all the symptoms?
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Old 12-01-2010, 10:07 AM   #2
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Re: I think I may have Sjogren's Syndrome

Hi Howitt 44,


I read that at least 25% of those with RA also have Sjogren's. You might as your rheumatologist to check for Anti-RO and Anti-LA antibodies. I have both which is indicative of Sjogrens. Additionally, if you have a positive ANA, sed rate, rheumatoid factor, etc., these can be added to the big picture.

You might also experience dry mouth, skin, etc. Achy joints can occur in Sjogren's patients, but since you have RA it may be hard to tell the difference. Hope this helps!

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