I went to the dentist yesterday for a routine cleaning and while I was there I asked him about something that I’ve been curious about for several months. I’ve been noticing dryness in the inner portion of my left eye and dry mouth…both classic symptoms of Sjogren’s Syndrome, an autoimmune disease. While my symptoms haven’t been too troubling, the dry mouth has become an increasing problem at work where I spend eight hours answering phones. Lack of saliva makes it difficult to talk so I asked my dentist to check my saliva production. He confirmed that I do have dry mouth and insisted that I make an appointment to see my doctor soon.
Since my doctor’s office is just down the street, I stopped in to make an appointment after my dental appointment. “We have an opening in 45 minutes,” the receptionist said…so I went next door to Starbucks and got a cup of tea and a piece of banana bread while I waited. Now, if you’ve read my recent posts, you’ll know that I’ve been gluten-free for a couple months after realizing that my body was having some intense reactions to gluten. Banana bread is not a part of my diet these days BUT…I wanted to stimulate a reaction prior to doing bloodwork so I ate gluten. I discussed my symptoms with my doctor, we did the bloodwork and we’re awaiting the results….
That afternoon…I went home and dealt with the effects of eating gluten: fatigue, nausea, cramping. I slept off and on for the rest of the day. 😦