I am a twenty-six year-old girl. In 2004 I had several problems of dryness: in my eyes, vaginal infections (with a candidiasis that lasted for almost five months), dryness in my mouth and intense, if short lasting, pain in my hands and ankles.
I went to my pphthalmologist, who, after my second visit in less than a month, thought about sending me to a rheumatologist. In about an hour he gave a precise answer to every symptom I had during 2004: Sjogren's Syndrome. I had some analysis afterwards and there I discovered I also had an autoimmune thyroid gland.
Just like that, I started therapy on cortisone and Plaquenil. Since January 2005, and until the end of April, I followed this therapy, which included artificial tears and gels, but I did not have any positive results. I decided to stop the cortisone since all it had achieved was to make me really swollen and damage my teeth.
This year, after continuing to be sick, I visited the rheumatologist again. He sent me for analysis yet another time and started a new therapy with Methotrexate. I get a shot every week. I have just begun, and must wait patiently for at least a month before seeing any results.
I am confident! My eyes and my bones will thank me! I hope I can stop these antibodies that will give me trouble during the warmer months.
If you would like to contact me, do so to the e-mail you find here.
Story edited 06-25-06 JTD
Story posted 08-18-06 SLE
ISN Senior Artist: Sherrill Knaggs
Story Translator: Alba León
Story Editor: Judith Thompson Devlin
(English) Sjogren's Syndrome
(Italiano) Peky: Sjogren e Hashimoto
Alba León is the ISN Translator for this page. She is studying international relations in Mexico City.
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