Post Edited (quahog) : 12/14/2008 2:07:54 AM (GMT-7)
Hi, it's been a while since I've been on here, but my mother has Sjogren's. She was diagonised (sp, sorry not real good at spelling) prolly 10 to 15 years ago. She has more of the dryness of her eyes and mouth, and the fatigue. I wish you all the luck and hope they hurry and are able to get you some more information.
Just had my biopsy today. This is my second, since they didn't remove enough the last time round. I have to disagree on the pain thing. I find this no worse then going to the dentist. I had some minor pain about 4 hours after the biopsy. It went away with a regular pain killer and I haven't been in any pain after that worn off. I am eating normaly. Just need to be a bit carefull of the stitches.
Only negative thing I can think of was the last time I did it. I lost a little feeling in my lip. Not totally numb, just feel less. Other then that this is no big deal. At least for me...
Hey Glenn, ouch on the lip. I had a biopsy done(for cancer) and first I couldn't stop the dang thing from bleeding. They had me stay about an hour to make sure it stopped and then as soon as I started driving, it started to bleed again and then did it off and on for days. It was very painful. I had a fellow doing the biopsy and she wasn't very good. The novacaine injections hurt like crazy and she didn't get the area all numb. Her hands were shaking and I told her just to take the dang biopsy and don't stop for more injections. She thought I was crazy but one swift cut vs more shots than the cut anyway.
I certainly don't hope you have sjogren's but I know you have been searching for a diagnosis. Auto-immune's are no fun.
Just wanted to say that I have also had a lip biopsy and did not find it to be unduly painful or difficult during or afterward. In fact, my stitches came out within a couple hours of the procedure, and it was really no worse than a small canker sore feels. However, they only took 2 samples, and I read afterward that four is the minimum, so perhaps the doctor was not as aggressive as some. At any rate, my rheumy's response was that it could be a false negative. She continues to test and monitor symptoms. So much for a definitive answer! (Which is what I was hoping for). Pia Sava, sounds like we had similar experiences. Hope your results this time help figure things out!