Thanks everyone. My rheumatologist referred me for a shirmer's test (sp?) but I can't get in until June. My eyes aren't having many problems though. She asked if they burned or itched, and they do sometimes at night, but not so much I'd complain.
Reading about the fatigue has really hit home though. I'm a bit of an overachiever so I'm used to a busy life but there have been weeks where I just cannot function like I used to. Even staying home from work to have a "sleep in" day. During college, I worked full-time, played sports and did student government and never felt rundown and I was 26 then. Today, for instance -- 6 years later -- was like walking through knee deep mud.
Billy: yeah, the more I read, the more I'm learning that it's a disease that can hit you any age, gender, background no matter what. How old where you when you think the symptoms first started?
Pisces: Oh boy. I've tried everything to get my glands to go down. I do a daily massage with them and it doesn't seem to help. Ibuprofin used to work a little, but now they are so big, I don't notice much help. And I can feel then in my ears and my sinuses, especially when they flare up. Some weeks are better than others. And the more I'm reading, the more I notice common symptoms to what I've been having. My nose for instance is like the Sahara. I get mini-nosebleeds all the time and the dryness gets downright painful. I chalked it up to dry Minnesota winters, but when I think about it, things don't change much in the summer. So I can relate with wat you are saying. Sometimes you just end up living with something and you get used to it no matter how annoying.
I'm just really optimistic I can get a diagnosis of some sort and get some sort of treatment. Otherwise, I'm getting these glands yanked no matter the risks. It's really been that painful and that disfiguring. Of course, I think the dry mouth will be there forever, as that's been my other symptom for the last few years. At least I'll be getting my 8-10 glasses of water a day and then some. I'm a water addict lately.