Hi! I am quite familiar with the antinuclear antibody count (ANA). It is a non-specific test that is used as an indicator for certain auto-immune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus (and others). I have RA. As far as I know there is no direct correlation between ANA and cancer, but I have read that there is suspision that certain autoimmune diseases have a predisposition to some cancers and is under investigation. If you took an informal survey among us bc friends, I think you'd find a surprising number with an assortment autoimmune diseases (RA, lupus, IBS, Chron's, etc). Frayda
Hi, can someone please help advise me as I’m very unwell. I’ve been extremely tired for the last 6/7 month and have a swelling in my neck...no lump however I feel like my lymph nodes are swollen when press down. I've been anemic for which I was given tablets and after few months I felt like I was back to the start feeling so ill I insisted on my doctor referring me to Bupa as my doctors were simply giving me anti depression tablets. I eventually have been referred and am anemic as well as having a very high ANA. I have lost tons of hair in bunches, feel absolutely awful, very weak and feel as though I’m pulled down, drained.
My doc has put me on lupus tabs but I really believe it's not that as all other lupus tests were negative, he also told me to come back in 2 weeks if it didn’t make any difference. Can someone tell me what I should do? My neck inside hurts and is bigger on my right side, I also have swelling on my right arm.