Along with many other Sjoggies, I am seronegative. That is… my blood markers do not prove that I have Sjogren’s Syndrome in spite of what my body physically screams. I am always very interested in the differences between a Sjoggie who is seropositive vs. one who is seronegative. Are there any differences? Do we all get the entire spectrum of symptoms? Is my pain less than your pain or vice versa. I have often heard it said (or read) that a seronegative Sjoggie has a “milder” case of Sjogren’s with less involvement, than one who is seropositive. Hmmm. I am sure that there is a certain level of subjectivity involved. I mean after all, how can we accurately compare our pain levels when we each experience pain differently. My pain on a scale of 1-10 may feel a lot different than yours. Nevertheless, I was very interested when I came across a Pub-Med Study that looked at this topic.
Take a look at this report summary: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23335582
The results surprised me. I had always assumed that what I had been told about people with seronegative Sjogren’s being milder was true. Apparently, it is not, or at least in this study it is not. At the end of the day, we are still left with whatever pain and symptoms we each experience. And the offered treatments for all of us are pretty universal.
What did you think? Did this study summary change your mind?