Hi all. I decided to ask this question here because many of you have sjogren's in addition to SLE. My rheumy just dx me with sjogren's based on my symptoms alone (dry, painful eyes and 6 cavities within the past year). He prescribed restasis and told me to follow up with an opthamologist. I already have RA or UCTD, depending on how I feel on any given day. I take plaquenil (although I'm slowly phasing this out), enbrel, and methotrexate. Also, my mother had sjogren's in addition to MCTD, so it wouldn't be surprising if I did have it. However, what if I simply had a pink eye infection? In both conditions, your eyes are pink and irritated, right? With me, my eyes get mostly red and inflamed around the inner corners, where some of my tear ducts are. At least once a day, however, the whites of my eyes will get very red and inflamed. How would you know the difference? I have young children, so I certainly don't want to give them pink eye, even though if I have pink eye I probably caught it from one of them :)
Also, rheumy told me to continue using artificial tears, but the brand I'm using doesn't do a heck of a lot. I'm using the equate brand of artificial tears. ARe artificial tears all created equal? I saw something called genteals (or gentears?) at CVS. It stated that it had all natural elements in it. Does anyone know anything about this product? does it work? What do you use? Doctor said restasis can take at least a month to actually improve my eyes.
thanks for any info.
Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Aciphex, Ultracet, Zyrtec, Allavert-D, Zantac, Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan