Possible Sjogrens Diagnosis

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   Posted 9/1/2016 4:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I just had an MRA with contrast of neck to rule out vertebral artery insufficiency. I have been dealing with blurred vision, headaches, mental fogginess, neck pain, dry mouth, extreme fatigue. I had a slit lamp test many years ago and they told me I had a certain condition I forget the name, but it was more than just a dry eye diagnosis. I have been dealing with a lot of muscle spasms for a long time. Due to the dizziness and headaches my doctor ordered the MRA. I had one of these done about three years ago when I went to the ER with dizziness and a vague headache. It was read as normal. I am a RN. Looking at the old one this is not present on it, but the new one has this large looking kind of pea shaped looking thing up high. Looked like it is coming off of the external carotid up high. I am thinking it is the parotid gland. I can't find anything online or any images that it should show up on this scan. I am wondering if this is abnormal and could lead to a confirmation of a possible Sjogrens diagnosis. I brought this up to a doctor years ago, but he fluffed me off. Just wondering if any of you out there have any experience with this?

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   Posted 9/1/2016 5:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I also get a feeling of hairs brushing against my arms and face sometimes. I don't know if this is a symptoms of not.

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   Posted 9/1/2016 5:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I also get a metallic taste in my mouth. Does anyone get that? It seems to be at it's worst when my mouth is really dry.

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   Posted 9/1/2016 7:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to HW, Mary.

I haven't heard of parotid gland issues being related to a Sjogren's diagnosis, but I do remember the gland being the cause of some peoples dry mouth issues. Of course, we aren't doctors here...

If you are suspecting Sjogren's as the cause of both dry eye (blurred vision) and dry mouth, you will probably want to see a rheumatologist.

The headaches, mental fogginess, neck pain, and extreme fatigue could be symptoms of Sjogrens or another auto-immune issue... (or unfortunately, could be caused by something else altogether.)

Keep us posted!

PS. Isn't the metallic taste in a dry mouth associated with sinus drainage? I may be remembering that incorrectly.
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2002
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