November 14, 2011 at 12:01 pm

When I was at my worst & inpatient at the Mayo Clinic, I was also tested for Sjogrens with a lip biopsy, it was really a nothing procedure. I was also given a sural nerve biopsy to dx my CIDP. They also did a procedure to remove nerve roots from my back, never heard of anyone having that one done; just think they wanted those nerves for research or something, as I was such a bad case of CIDP. They gave me 3 spinal taps, CT scans, 3 complete sets of MRIs, x-rays, etc. all to rule out any other diseases.

When I switched to the UofMN I was told a spinal tap & an EMG would be all they would have done to dx me. But that is easy to say whn they already had the results of all of the tests I had done at Mayo. Anyways, the lip biopsy was really nothing compared to all of the other tests I had done.


November 11, 2011 at 11:13 pm

Sjogrens is one of the most common “tagalong” illnesses, and many inflammatory and autoimmune illnesses can “trigger” Sjogren’s. It’s very common for it to overlap with neuropathies, arthritis, etc. Read a report recently that something like 70 percent of Rheumatoid Arthritis patients also develop Sjogrens.