I've long been diagnosed with Hughes and the man himself added mild Sjogrens a few years ago. At that time I was having dry eye problems and I have artificial tears for this. For quite some time now I've been having problems with a very dry mouth and throat which sometimes leads to great difficulty just swallowing. I also have frequent problems swallowing food. Several CAT scans have been done for this and other reasons to do with problems with a general anaesthetic and there is some damage lower down in the throat but this isn't accounting for the swallowig issues and dry mouth. I'm going to have a barium meal x-ray soon.. At times I can generate some saliva, at others I need a sweet or something to drink. The fear of choking causes me considerable concern-and i'm not great company at a meal when I cannot swallow something and need to move it!! I take nothing for the Sjogrens at present, do have artificial saliva but could get through a bottle in a couple of days quite easily. As it is I try to carry water and have some citrus sweets on me. The dry mouth wakes me after a few hours sleep and I ned a couple of mugs of something to feel comfortable
Question. Is this degree of dry throat and mouth common for Sjogrens and does plaquenil help/
Many Thanks in anticipation.