Hi all, just wanted to know what the difference is between Sicca/Sjogrens as I have been diagnosed with Sicca Syndrome. I have had SLE for 43 years including chronic kidney disease, mitral valve prolapse, raynauds, livido reticularis, Gord, Osteopeania, Osteoarthritis, Eating disorder, Hypothyroidism, Hypercholesterolaemia, Fibromyalgia-type chronic joint pains, inflammatory arthropathy, chronically low complement levels, etc - the list goes on! My understanding is that it is only classed as Sicca Syndrome if there is no underlying auto-immune disease, which I clearly do have. Can anyone put me right on this as I am very confused as to why it is only classed as Sicca? Your replies would be very much appreciated. Also my mum was diagnosed with Sjogrens after initially being diagnosed with Lupus and I have all the same symptoms as her, including dry eyes, very dry mouth, persistent cough and croaky voice and very dry down below making smears very painful. I would be very grateful for any replies. Thank you
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