My rheumatologist back in Minnesota wanted me to take Plaquenil, which is an antimalarial drug. As a requirement, I went to the U of M for a comprehensive eye exam since the medication can have severe side effects on the eyes. Yeah, just what I want to take.
I decided to give the AIP a chance and my symptoms started to improve so I ditched my docs. Now I'm in a new state so if things get bad again, I suppose I will have to start over. But honestly, I really do not want to take any steroids or antimalarial drugs.
That said, I do worry that there is still inflammation going on in my body, just at a lower level, but it is still causing damage that I won't notice until it's much worse.
For example, when I'm under stress, my Sjogren's symptoms really flare up. My mouth gets soooo dry and my eyes are bloodshot. I ache all over and feel a general fatigue. The ringing in my ears gets louder. If it's really bad stress, my legs jump. Slowly the symptoms will subside as I return to the AIP and/or get an abundance of rest.