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Tara from Edmonton asks: I tested positive for Sjogren’s syndrome and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Can you please tell me something about them?
Sjogren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disease with its most common symptom being dry eyes and dry mouth. Read here for more on rheumatoid arthritis, and check out this previous answer for more information. However, you should know there is no definitive test for rheumatoid arthritis or Sjogren’s syndrome. There are tests that are associated with these conditions, but they are not definitive. To make a diagnosis of most rheumatic diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis and Sjogren’s syndrome, an expert in these conditions needs to take a good history and complete a physical examination; then, it is appropriate to look at any investigations and determine how they best fit all together. There are many patients we see who test “positive” for these blood tests, but don’t have – and may never have – a rheumatic disease.
Lynne from Canada asks: Where can I find more information on Sjogren’s syndrome and how is it related to what a rheumatologist does? This information should be included on this site somewhere…just a suggestion.
You’re absolutely right. We continue to work on improving our content. In the meantime, Sjogren’s syndrome is an autoimmune inflammatory condition which most commonly causes a dry mouth and dry eyes, but some people with Sjogren’s syndrome will experience a variety of other symptoms too. Arthritis, fatigue, generalized pain, change in strength or sensation, as well as effects on the heart, lungs, and kidney are a few of the other manifestations of Sjogren’s syndrome. Sjogren’s syndrome is one of the many conditions that a rheumatologists has expertise in and helps these patients manage their symptoms. Visit our Links page for more information, or the Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation website at www.sjogrens.org.