Yesturday and last night I noticed my glands under my chin and around my neck were swollen more than usual. It was painful. Yesturday I could not get enough water to help with my dry mouth and throat. For the last 4 nights I waking up with a dry cough and tickle at the back of my throat. Should I ask my Doctor for something for my dryness? He probably thinks I am a nut, my blood work, ENA AB is neg, ANA is neg,(1:40), and CRP is 0.16. I have only had one positive ANA 1:80 speckled, but that was 15 years ago. I have a question: even if your blood work is negative, can you still have Sjogrens or Lupus? I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's 10 years ago with very high microsomal antibodies around the same time the ANA was done. The Doctors said that the positive ANA was due to Hashimotos. If that is so, then why don't I still test positive for ANA, when I still have Hashimotos? Explain?
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