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LuvChai

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I know it sounds weird, but someone told me that having dry eyes from Sjogrens can actually produce excess tearing? People think I'm crying, and driving can be difficult. The skin on my face and underneath my left eye becomes very irritated, and it can last for weeks. It's been happening off and on since the summer. Thanks for any help!
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Hi LuvChai,

Have you been diagnosed with Sjogren's?  That is so strange since the opposite is true.  Are you on any medications for it?
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One of the most common causes of excess tearing is dry eyes. Drying causes the eyes to become uncomfortable, which stimulates the body to produce too many tears.


https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/003036.htm

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christines555

Yes, been diagnosed, but not on any specific meds. Rheumatologist just said keep some sugar free hard candy around, and eye drops that moisturize. I do take other meds though, such as plaquenil, methotrexate and Benny's take infusions. Are there meds for this that I don't know about?
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Robinj

Thank u for the link, was afraid I was getting some other bizarre syndrome, and I'm already full up here!
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You are very welcome
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From what I saw, it looks like you are on the right meds for it.  It is crazy that you can be diagnosed with dry eyes and then wind up with excessive tearing.  AI stuff is so complicated and frustrating!! 

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Yes it is, but it does help to have support out here!
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. Restasis eye drops twice a day help me.  If I don't use it I wind up with an eye infection.  You need a prescription.I sometimes get the drainage you described and it also causes my skin to get irritated and raw.  It also helps to use an eye lid scrub to keep the oil ducts clear.  I have too many eye infections to count. I have to do all this as well as moisture drops and Fluticasone nasal spray.The eye infections are very painful and costly to clear up.

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Yes.  My ophthalmologist told me the same thing.  He said my dry eyes were watering because my tears weren't "productive".  First I had to use a preservative free liquid tears several times a day, now I can use regular liquid tears only once to 3x a day and the eyes are much better.  You should see an ophthalmologist
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I have had very painful tears, and it's been most noticeable when I'm driving! Thanks sjogrens!
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I haven't been dx'd yet, working on it tho.... been a nightmare for both me AND my son who has similar problems... but anyway I have the same problem.  I noticed awhile ago that I was getting extremly teary.  Much more then I usually get and first thought well maybe allergies???  But no other symptoms of allergies happened.  So then I noticed I would go thru that phase, and then wake up with eyes that were very dry and painful.  First I thought well maybe it's the fan I have on my face at night.... nope because it happens even when the fans are off.  So many things I have to work on now that my son is sick too.  Took him  to stanford and they just gave a broad dx called Athraglia but they said it was a mixed connective tissue disorder and fibromyalgia.  Then his labwork came back and he's got sugar in his urine.  UGH.... AND he tells me today that he's been having very foamy urine for a long time.  He didn't know it was a problem or symptom of anything.... omg I'm freaking out.  Anyway I love his pedi and she is running more tests that now INCLUDE the ANA etc....

Ok, anyway sorry for the book and off topic about my kid, but I very much suspect we both  have either Lupus or SOMETHING Autoimmune... but no one wants to listen to us either.  No wonder it takes so long to get a dx, Doc's need more classes on listening to their patients while their in medical school.  UGH.

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I think I may have Sjogrens too and will be mentioning it to my rheumy next visit. My eyes get sore, and on occasion teary,but the tears sting like acid! Also dry mouth, and croaky voice...can't sing along with my favourite songs anymore as my voice gives out on the lower notes now...and never could do high ones..lol.
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