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i just joined the group. I've read multiple posts about people doing the lip biopsy and having false negatives. by with my symptoms alone i am convinced i have sjögrens . the first doc i met with insisted i dont have it and said its very rare - then i had blood tests done, i tested negative for SS- a and b, negative for Anticentromere antibodies and negative for sedimentation rate but showed very high for RA factor, but i have no joint swelling ! symptoms came on abruptly one day out of nowhere 3 weeks ago- i immediately had a very dry mouth where it felt like i had a mouthful of cotton. its been the same ever since with painfully dry stinging eyes that are the worst when it gets late at night or when i first open my eyes- i feel like i have film on my eyes because if i have something in my eye there is no liquid to move it out of the way- the mouth situation is torture- i cant eat certain foods because my tongue and mouth cant take it, wine tastes weird and even gargling and rinsing with water feels awful. im curious when anyone else first had symptoms did they come on gradually or was it abrupt for you? any thoughts? thanks
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