Re: Does Sjogren's lead to other autoimmune diseases?
If you have one autoimmune disease, it puts you in the percentage of people who may develop another. That being said, at least in relation to systemic scleroderma, especially the limited form, something like 2/3rd's of us or more have sicca symptoms (or sjogren's) and is expected to be seen in the course of the disease. It is rare to have an autoimmune disease and even more rare to have more than one, if that helps put it in perspective. Some of us are just lucky that way and hopefully you won't be. My best advise is to not drive yourself crazy worrying about it. Take care of yourself with what you have now. If in the future you have more symptoms, or different than normal symptoms, talk to your Dr.
As to her comments, she might have meant that she would have been able to alleviate your symptoms sooner. In the world of AI diseases, sooner treatment MAY prevent further damage or progression of your disease, or not, if that's what you are thinking. LOL. Isn't that statement helpful! Each patient is different than the next and your particular course is individual to you. I can say that my sicca developed long after my initial diagnosis of limited SSc. I hope this helps.