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Mel B
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   Posted 9/5/2017 9:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning all. Well I'm new to posting on this board, I'm usually on the anxiety one. I have had anxiety my whole life and got really bad in March-April and finally feeling some relief. I'm currently taking Buspar and Zoloft. My new issue is extremely dry mouth/lips and vaginal dryness. The dry mouth is consuming my life. I have a Dr appt today regarding it. Just curious if this sounds like Sjogrens? Also what test should I request today at appt. Thank you

Lynnwood
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   Posted 9/5/2017 1:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome,

What kind of Dr are you seeing?

Sjogren's is usually diagnosed by a rheumatologist, and mostly by symptoms, but also by lab tests that show the presence of an auto-immune disease.

Sometimes they want to do a lip biopsy, but that is generally only helpful if a salivary gland happens to be in the biopsy - they take a piece the size of a pencil eraser and often people never regain sensation in that area.

Certain imaging tests can check the function of your salivary glands.
Sialogram. This special X-ray can detect dye that's injected into the salivary glands in front of your ears. This procedure shows how much saliva flows into your mouth.
Salivary scintigraphy. This nuclear medicine test involves the injection into a vein of a radioactive isotope, which is tracked over an hour to see how quickly it arrives in all your salivary glands.

For dry eyes, a Schirmer tear test is usually done by your eye Dr.

For milder cases, over-the-counter treatments are most helpful, such as Biotene products for mouth dryness.

Let us know how it goes!
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2000
DIAGNOSING LUPUS & HW's LUPUS 101
"Life is far too important to be taken seriously." - Oscar Wilde

Lynnwood
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Date Joined May 2005
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   Posted 9/5/2017 2:13 PM (GMT -7)   
PS. Have you verified these are not side effects of your medications?
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2000
DIAGNOSING LUPUS & HW's LUPUS 101
"Life is far too important to be taken seriously." - Oscar Wilde
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