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Odd Sjogren’s results and medication reactions

Discussion in 'Immune: Autoimmune and Mast Cell Disorders' started by OhShoot, Oct 23, 2019.

  1. OhShoot

    OhShoot Established Member

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    I’ve had my Sjogren’s antibodies tested four times and SSB has come up alone every time. I also react badly to a lot of medications and have trouble recovering—for example, I am still dealing with arm pain and itchy scalp I got from two antibiotics I took spring 2018. And of course I have the general ME symptoms.

    I think I have some kind of autoimmune disorder, but I don’t exactly fit anything so doctors don’t want to try any treatments. Does anyone have any ideas for diagnoses to pursue or other specialties I can try, or even ways to try autoimmune treatments without a diagnosis? TIA!
     
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    TigerLilea Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    I tested positive for Sjogren's, yet I don't have any of the symptoms you would expect to see with it. I have an appointment with a Hematologist in two weeks to see if they can make sense of my test results, as so far three doctors don't know what to think of them.
     
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    TigerLilea Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    SS-A or SS-B antigen.
     
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    Jonathan Edwards Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    SS-B is also called La and SS-A is also called Ro. It is generally agreed that although antibodies to both are associated with Sjogren's it is the anti-Ro antibodies that are directly relevant.

    The problem with these antibodies is that on their own they do not mean much. Moreover, even having a diagnosis of Sjogren's does not mean much in terms of pointing to treatments since I have not seen anything much that actually targets Sjogren's usefully.

    It is worth remembering that almost everybody has a few autoantibodies if you look hard enough. Unless they are clearly linked to clinical problems they do not mean anything in most cases.
     
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    TrixieStix Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    A lip biopsy is considered the 'gold standard' for diagnosing Sjogren's.

    In my case I have many of the classic symptoms associated with Sjogren's (decreased tear production, dry mouth, small fiber neuropathy & low complement C3) yet I am negative for both SS-B and SS-A. I decided against having a lip biopsy and my rheumatologist said it didn't matter anyways because it wouldn't change what medications she prescribes me.
     
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