Professor Hughes / Jordan did advise that Sjögrens and accompanying hypo thyroid should be checked for.
I asked my GP to run the " advanced " thyroid panel on the advice of Mary and Lynn. This is what our "advanced panel looks like from a GP send out . I took results to my Rheumatologist. From these results he confirmed sicca or early Sjogrins. My RF has been sky high for years with no pain st all in joints. But I do have " undifferentiated connective tissue disease."
He said no medication for low thyroid- it's very mild. He said medication is harsh on heart. Artificial tears and carry on.
I agree. Yes? I don't seem to be having trouble otherwise- except dry skin and eyes? And internal connective issues but nothing can be done about that.
Rheum said I'm also progressing more toward to Lupus side of the spectrum. He had increased plaquinil to 300mg but I really can't tolerate it. I got to 200 for only a week and became violently sick. He said I may have become toxic. I've stopped it all together . I feel so much better since stopping it.
He reduced plaquinil to 150. He said because I'm only 5'3" tall and weigh 110 pounds, it's probably enough.
He said plaquinil can slow the progression of the "advancing lupus and Sjogrins symptoms as much as 10 years."
I thought I'd share. I hope you all can tolerate plaquinil better than I can. ( no we can't get Zentiva here. I've tried.)
APsnot Fab and Mary- others who are seasoned with the lab values- indeed are you in agreement this is very mild? ( it seems to me to be.) ok not to be on medication? ( I'm very happy to not take medication- but know NOTHING about this.)