I am sorry that I have been so long in responding to your post.
When I was told that I had dry eyes, an opthamolist told me that it was due to age, that women tend to get dry eyes when they get older. *&^ and a few other words I could say.
I visited a rheumatologist a little over three months ago, and was diagnosed with Sjogren's Syndrome. He sent me back to my opthamolisist, who prescribed restasis. I have not ever had any eye drops to work for me, but tried them. and after a month, for me, it worked. I had no tears. None. even onions couldn't make me cry. but restasis works for me. I felt some real tears that for so many years, and I had no tears at all. And because of the restasis my night vision has increased, and I am really thankful for that, because it was hard for me to drive at night.
My skin is extremely dry, and my mouth also. i look I have scales. I have to have a cup of something to drink all the time. my throat dries out and makes me cough.
I was diagnosed by my gp to have Lupus, because of results of the blood tests that were done. My gp sent me to a rheumatologist, and he diagnosed me with sjogren's. This is one of the best things that has been happen to me in a while. He did say that I would still need to take plaquenil, but that he was not sure I had Lupus. and I am like some others who think that Lupus seems to be an elusive diagnoses.
I don't know that my joint pain is caused by Lupus, Sjogren's, fibromyalgia, or some other connective tissue disease. at the moment, and for a few weeks, I have been in a flare, but what kind??? If it isn't lupus what else is it. so wait I guess. but lots of stuff to take him this time. and I want some answers.
muscle pain in my stomach area and right side and back muscles, so bad that I cannot sit erect for the most of the day. could only stay at my daughter's house during thanksgiving dinner today for an hour and had to go back home.
Sorry this post is so long.
I think your restasis will see some improvement soon. and I tend to think about not using over the drugs in your eyes. Restasis will work. Just takes some time.
Lupus diagnosed 1996, Heart by-pass 1998, breast cancer 2000, stroke2002, vascular surgery 2005, heart attack in 2007, and had a stint put in, Sjogren's Syndrome 2008
aspirin, multivitamin, Arthrotec , Meclazine , plaquinil, Metoclopomide, Doxepin , Metoprolol, synthroid, Amlodipine, Crestor, Lasinopril, Plavix, phenagrin, Restasis