I'm a soon to be 42 y/o female who just got tested for Sjogren;s today. My Rheumy ordered a CBC, Sed Rate, ANA, RF and I believe SS-A & SS-B.......was told that if my blood didn't confirm Sjogren's that I would undergo a lip biopsy. Now I have heard some horror stories about how bad it hurts. So if ANYONE could shed ANY light on the entire process I would GREATLY appreciate it!
The reason I am suspected of having Sjogren's is I have had CHRONIC dry mouth since early Jan. The dry mouth happens EVERY DAY to some extant. Some days are worse than others but every day I experience it to some degree. I have trouble swallowing. In fact I have had to be taken off one of my daily meds because I suddenly became unable to swallow this pill.....after being on this pill at this same dosage for quite a while. I get strangled VERY easily while eating. I have been Vit D deficient for the past 3 years.....my latest blood test on 2/24/16 for Vit D my level was 14.
I am pretty healthy......I have joint pain but nothing too bad. I just deal with it. I get fatigued easily. I do have Bipolar Disorder/SAD (social) OCD PTSD for which I take daily meds. And BTW I have been on this "cocktail" for over 1 1/2 years and have not had a increase in meds in quite a while. My dry mouth just started out of the blue.....
Thanks in advance to anyone that replies.