SS diagnoses, Some advice please
I was diagnosed with SS today by a consultant rheumatologist. Thing is, he never took any bloodwork, only went on the bloodwork my Gp took 3 mths ago which showed a negative ANA. All he did was perform the Schirmer Test (put paper folds into my eyes for a few minutes to measure tear amount)
Ive been having many symptoms for the last year and bit including fatigue, joint and muscle pain, eye pain, neuropathy, headaches, rashes, muscle spasms, frequent urination, heart palpitations and chest pain.
This was my first consultation with a rheumatologist. My Gp took my bloods 3mths ago and tested me for Lupus which was negative. I presume this was the Ana test. He told me that I do not have Lupus, RA or Fibromyalgia. He said he could not find any inflammation and the tender point ruled out Fibro. He said my eyes are quite dry and this is possibly whats causing my other symptoms. He gave me a diagnosis of SS and said he was referring me for a bone scan to rule out inflammation due to arthiritis. He prescribed me Vimovo which is an anti arthritic drug and Hydromellose Eye drops for then dry eyes.
Im very confused as to why he could give me such a fast diagnoses without a biopsy or positive bloodwork? I really have my doubts, I think ive been misdiagnosed. My main problems are the muscle and joint pain and fatigue. The dry eyes and mouth are minor.
Because this is a systemic disease, should I not have been prescribed something to slow down the disease process? like plaqenil?
Any feedback would be great.....thanks (Im 28)