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Paroxysmal tachycardia, pericaritis, blue toes, itchy scalp rash. Due to Sjorgren's disease?

Hi Dr., thank you for taking the time to hear me out. Recently I was diagnosed with sjorgren s disease and the Dr. also told me that there were some other markers in my blood for lupus or other connective tissue disease . It will take several months before I get to see a rhuemetologist. My mother and two of my cousins on my mother s side had Ms. I have been having symptoms for over 12 years now such as extreme fatigue which comes on suddenly with weakness in my legs, dizziness , during both my pregnancies I had paraxsysmal tachacardia which stopped as soon as I was no longer pregnant, pericaritis, blue toes and a few times nail beds, itchy rashy scalp , at times I ve thought I was going to pass out and then afterwards I felt like I was on drugs or something, like I was kind of out of it or high? My question is, is it possible that Sjorgren s can cause all these things or is it really pointing more towards lupus, and also what can I do in the mean time while I m waiting to be refered to a reumalologist? Is tumeric safe as an anti inflammatory?
Asked On : Thu, 11 Oct 2012
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Sjogrens syndrome usually causes dryness of mucosa (eyes, mouth etc) and arthralgia, recurrent parotid (salivary) gland infections or swelling is common.
There are other overlap syndrome such as with Rheumatoid arthritis, myositis, Raynaud's known as Mixed Connectibve Tissue Disease (MCTD) where symptoms can be variable and Undifferentiated CTD (UCTD) does not fit in any one disease pattern as the name suggests.
Blood tests (ENA panel or complete profile) can help with the diagnosis.
NSAIDs are recommended for arthralgia taken with PPIs to prevent gastritis but for immunosuppressant drugs, you really need to wait until you have seen the Rheumatologist/Immunologist.
Answered: Thu, 18 Oct 2012
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