Sjogren’s Syndrome and Trigeminal Neuralgia


Good grief. I shouldn’t be surprised, EVER, by a reader telling me that her physician informed her that Sjogren’s syndrome is just dry mouth and dry eyes. I’ve read and heard and seen this repeatedly.

But I am. I feel surprised and disappointed and somewhat cranky. Every single stinkin’ time.

Case in point: A reader recently asked me if her trigeminal neuralgia pain could possibly be related to Sjogren’s syndrome. She was hesitant to ask her rheumatologist since “He just thinks Sjs is dry eyes and mouth, so quit whining.

Grrr. Breathe, Julia….just breathe.

Trigeminal neuralgia, or tic douloureux (gosh I haven’t seen that term for TG since the ’70s) causes pain or numbness in the face, specifically in the areas which the trigeminal nerve — also known as the fifth cranial —  innervate. It can cause a variety of symptoms, some of which are described as pain that is stabbing, electric-shock like, numbness, or burning. You can read more about TG here.

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