Category Archives: Sjogren’s Disease

Can you use a lip biopsy to diagnose Sjogren’s Disease? Should you?

In this “Diagnosing Sjogren’s Disease” blog post series, I’ve discussed several methods used to form a diagnosis for Sjogren’s Disease. None of them, alone, can be used for diagnosis, but several of them together are how we do form a … Continue reading

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What labwork is associated with a Sjögren’s Disease diagnosis? Do I need to get bloodwork drawn for Sjögren’s syndrome?

Labwork (blood testing) is a key component in diagnosing Sjögren’s Disease. When it comes to bloodwork, the antinuclear antibody (ANA) test is used as a primary test to help evaluate a person for autoimmune diseases. It’s a good place to … Continue reading

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How do you diagnose dry mouth in Sjögren’s disease?

Let’s talk about diagnosing dry mouth. Symptoms can actually go a long way in aiding in the diagnosis of this one. Symptoms of severe dry mouth may include: Needing water to chew and swallow food Choking or coughing on food … Continue reading

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How do you diagnose dry eye in Sjögren’s Disease? SICCA Syndrome.

If you have symptoms of dry eye, then how do you confirm that you are suffering from dry eye related to Sjögren’s Disease? The most basic diagnostic evaluation of dry eye is by direct observation and examination by an ophthalmologist (eye … Continue reading

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When should I suspect Sjögrens? What symptoms are used to diagnose Sjögren’s? What should I expect?

Diagnosing any condition can be hard. This is especially true with autoimmune connective tissue diseases such as Sjögren’s Disease. This is because so many body systems are involved that a large array of symptoms can be present and those symptoms can … Continue reading

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How do you diagnose Sjögren’s Disease? How my journey to diagnosis started.

I literally got the call on my 30th birthday. Doctor: “Do you have dry eyes and dry mouth?” Me: “Huh? Whhha Whhhat? Um, no… I don’t think so…” Doctor: “Well, have you heard of Sjogren’s Syndrome before”? Me: “No. Why? … Continue reading

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