With Sjogren's, my ears itch a lot (deep inside) from the dryness. My rhuemy said to put a bit of cortisone cream on a q-tip and they generally helps relive the itching. I've also had sharp stabbing pains from time to time ; I never seen to have them long enough to mention to the Dr.
Only a Dr can tell if it's an ear infection or Sjogren's, either can give you a bit of dizziness or off-balance feeling. I've had vertigo for 2-3 weeks at a time (who knows if it's Lupus or Sjogren's, but definitely some type of irritation.) All they've ever suggested is over-the-counter motion sickness medications.
Between Lupus & Sjogren's, neither is "worse than" or "better than" the other. Either disease can range from fairly mild to quite severe.
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2002DIAGNOSING LUPUS & HW's LUPUS 101
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