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Anachoice Sjogrens Panel
A few tests: Generally, checking labs is helpful since patients with sjogren's almost always have one of two autoantibodies (ssa, ssb) present. Ssa, ssb also present in lupus but when only ssa or ssb is pos, sjogren's is a top consideration. Doctors can also test for sicca symptoms(decreased tear production with a paper strip put on lower eye lid.Most definitive test is minor salivary gland biopsy from lip. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sjogren's: Sjogren's is the most common of the (so called) connective tissue diseases in the lupus family. Ucsd and scripp's cliic researches suggest on the basis of autoimmine blood tests run on blood donors, 1/300 may have it, although it is closer to 1/500. Variable in severity, it causes loss of water secretions in mouth, eyes, colon, even perspiration, with time. Associated with ss-a, b antibodies. ...Read more
Dysautonomia: This syndrome has been recognized in the medical literature as part of a compromised autonomic (automatic) nervous system that is the underlying cause. Amazingly, it can be treated by the use of intravenous vitamins. I suggest you go to acam@acam.Org to seek a doc who does this in or near your area. They are not common because cam is not yet readily accepted. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dealing w/lupus/sjogrens overlap& can't make it 2 work about 1 day every few months.Md trying 2 find right med combo. I'm embarrassed/ashamed.How2cope?
Difficult!: I don't know if I have answered your question in a different form (check and see on my thread in the past few days), but no one knows how you feel. Get your doctor to fill out an fmla paper for you, so your absence is known to be legit and part of a health issue. You may have secondary depression, since you feel that way. Talk to your doc! ...Read more
Can dry mouth from sjogren's syndrome cause dental problems? If yes, what kind of problems, and what preventative measures can be taken?
See below: You will be more prone to cavities and brittle teeth. Seeing your dentist more frequently reduces your risk and you do need to let your dentist know that you have sjogren's. Avoiding prolonged exposure to sugar such as sucking on hard candy that is not sugar-free helps reduce your risk. Sometime using products such biotene/oasis can help. Medications such as Evoxac (cevimeline) and salagen may help moisture. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How high is my risk for blood clot or stroke with Depo-Provera provera (medroxyprogesterone) shot if I have lupus,sjogrens.is there a clotting blood test I can take to be safe?
Low: Risk is low but it is incased with these conditions esp. with Lupus ...Read more
Is chronic enlargement of submandibular gland in sjogren's syndrome dangerous? Is it suggesting a end stage disease?
What ways can a sjogrens and fibromyalgia patient benefit from weed? What ways are best to consume it? If they make it legal. I'm tired of suffering .
Might not be the: Best thing for sjogrens as smoking marijuana tends to dry you out and can aggravate sjogrens symptoms. As for fibro, it can help with calming pain sensations centrally, muscle relaxation and possibly even myofascial relaxation, but the act of smoking can cause increased inflammation. Have you tried meds like Cymbalta (duloxetine) or does that aggravate your sjogrens? Best wishes and my thoughts are with you! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer