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Malar rashes
Nov 10, 2009

Two months ago, I was diagnosed with Sjogren's Syndrome with a possible lupus overlap. I didn't have a clue that I was having AI issues - just thought the joint pain, intestinal issues, etc were random things. This past summer, I went to my PCP because I was having esophageal discomfort and mentioned to him that I have pain in several joints. He ordered blood work thinking possible RA. My sed rate was normal, but my ANA was 1:1280 so he referred me to a rheumy who had more lab tests run. I don't know the results of all of them except that the anti-SSA (Ro) was positive (8.0). I have recently started to have dryness issues so with this and the labs, my rheumy game me the above diagnosis.
I have been concentrating on researching the SjS since that diagnosis was definite, but have recently been checking out lupus since that's still a possibility. It is not uncommon for me to have a low-grade fever and my hair is thinning on top of my head (which is really bumming me out!). I also have developed an anxiety disorder. Several months ago, I noticed a brownish patch on one side of my nose. It has since spread over the bridge to the other side of my nose and is looking more red in color. I hasn't spread to my cheeks into the classic butterfly rash, but could this be the start of a malar rash or does it pretty much develop all at once?


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