Sjogren’s syndrome or sicca syndrome is a triad of keratoconjunctivitis sicca, xerostomia, and rheumatoid arthritis. Dry eyes and mouth characterize this syndrome. Henrik Sjogren described it in 1933. It is an autoimmune disorder. It affects the mucous membranes of the eyes and mouth that lead to their decreased secretion. It also leads to generalized dryness.
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Are dry eyes a sign of Sjogren's syndrome?
Query: Hello doctor, I have been told by someone in the medical profession that I may have Sjogren's syndrome due to the symptoms that I have been having. I would like to know this could be possible. My symptoms are itching mostly everywhere on my body, very dry skin, dry mouth (a dental professional noti... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Well, as per your symptoms, it does look like Sjogren's syndrome. I want to ask you a few more details to be sure if it is the diagnosis we are dealing with. How long have you been experiencing the symptoms of dryness? Did the dental surgeon point to any cavities whi... Read Full »
Does chronic fatigue syndrome cause debilitating fatigue with dizziness?
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 34-year-old female with a weight of 72 kilograms and a height of five feet. I have a complaint of unexplained debilitating fatigue for fifteen years. During the episodes of fatigue, I feel dizzy and become clumsy. I have difficulty in focusing or thinking clearly. I have studied ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the query. Your symptoms point towards chronic fatigue syndrome or chronic pain syndrome. We need to rule out other causes. Since it has been for ten years, you can have a close diagnosis of Sjogren's syndrome. You have a low level of complement CH 5... Read Full »
How to help my wife who is having high ESR, RA factor, and swollen fingers?
Query: Hello doctor, I want a good rheumatologist for my wife who has been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. She has got RA factor 150 and no other problem in blood reports. Anti CCP is negative. She has swollen fingers both in hands and legs. She is currently on Shellcal 500 and D jont capsules. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There is a high ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate), RA factor. I would like to take a few more details on the history part. But it would be better if someone can examine the joints as it... Read Full »
What could cause knee problem with stiffness in hands and shoulders other than RA?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 28-year-old female currently under investigation for RA and have been for a while now. I began having knee problems at the age of 15 (my mother’s problems began in her knees at the age of 13) and the problems remained there for a few years. In the last three to four years... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query and blood reports. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I do have a few queries to help you reach the correct diagnosis. I want to be really sure we are dealing with inflammatory arthritis and so we can modify your medicines... Read Full »