Positive ANA anyone?

Do you have a positive ANA?
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Yes - 41.7%
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No - 33.3%
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Don't know - 25.0%

 
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hukleberrie
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   Posted 6/28/2008 7:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Just wondering if everyone with Crohn's has a positive ANA....
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Nanners
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   Posted 6/28/2008 7:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Not me.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


LBJ
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   Posted 6/28/2008 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   
What is ANA????
Living with Crohn's Disease since Jan./2000 but had a few years prior
I'm a true Crohnie with IBS too
 
Meds I have tried:  Just about everything 
Meds currently on:  Prednisone 25mg tapering
                           Methotrexate injection 12wks
                           Folic Acid
                           Wellbutrin
No Surgeries
 


hukleberrie
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   Posted 6/28/2008 10:06 AM (GMT -7)   
It's a blood test for antibodies. I had just been tested, I think it mainly shows if you have lupus or RA, it checks for autoimmune diseases. In my dilema over whether it's IBS or IBD, I just wondered if most people with IBD are positive. I was negative.
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Illini
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   Posted 6/28/2008 10:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Negative.

ANA = antinuclear antibody. It's a measure of auto-antibody levels. Used in diagnosis of lupus, RA, etc.
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   Posted 6/28/2008 10:44 AM (GMT -7)   
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MamaDove
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   Posted 6/28/2008 12:12 PM (GMT -7)   

 

Mine has always been positive...from 1:160 to 1:5120 smooth pattern...The highest have been when I was on meds like Asacol and swelled up all the time and my last one was the lowest, no meds and eating only what nature intended...

I was always told the ANA was an 'inflammation marker'...My rheumy also used to say it was a way to determine whether to look for RA, Lupus but I still don't believe these tests are 'specific' and like I said just...inflammation markers...I also had it very high when I had a very high RF (rheumatoid factor) but at that time didn't have UC or Crohn's...

For me I am not fighting Crohn's/colitis, fibromyalgia or any other illness, I am fighting inflammation, the CAUSE of the illness...I am currently winning this battle and have recently added LDN to my regimen, again, to battle the inflammation and put fight back in my immune system to help me overall...

Just my theory and so far I am proving it correct... tongue

See labtestsonline.org for a complete description...

Post Edited (MamaDove) : 6/28/2008 1:16:44 PM (GMT-6)


LBJ
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   Posted 6/28/2008 2:01 PM (GMT -7)   
ok thanks for explaining that to me. LOL Mine was negative when checked a few years ago per my GI doctor.
Living with Crohn's Disease since Jan./2000 but had a few years prior
I'm a true Crohnie with IBS too
 
Meds I have tried:  Just about everything 
Meds currently on:  Prednisone 25mg tapering
                           Methotrexate injection 12wks
                           Folic Acid
                           Wellbutrin
No Surgeries
 


AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 6/28/2008 2:36 PM (GMT -7)   
ANA 'can' be positive in a number of auto-immune diseases including:

Lupus
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Scleroderma
Myositis
Poly Myositis
CREST (a scleroderma variant)
Sjogren's
(I think there are still others)

You can also have a positive ANA w/o any disease or symptoms. There is also a pattern to the ANA if you are positive which 'can' give a clue as to what disease 'might' be causing it. It is a huge topic and a very frustrating one.

There are actually those with Lupus who never show a positive ANA . . . but they are dx'd with other criteria or a kidney biopsy.

BTW: I have never tested +ANA

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sjkly
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   Posted 6/28/2008 3:19 PM (GMT -7)   
ANA is not actually an inflamitory marker rather an autoimmune marker-anti nuclear antibodies-it measures your immune response to your own cells. As AlwaysRosie points out it can be positive in any of the autoimmune disorders but will not always be positive in autoimmune disorders. Having a very high ANA is one thing that points to Lupus but as already pointed out not everyone with Lupus has a positive ANA.
Mine has always been negative despite having RA-my RF however is always positve.
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LavenderBlue
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   Posted 6/28/2008 7:12 PM (GMT -7)   
yep. mine's positive most of the time.
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diagnosed: Crohn's Aug 2005
 
other set-backs: Vasculitis Aug 2006, Sub-total Colectomy (10 inches of colon left) Feb 2007, Ogilivie's Syndrome Mar 2007, Pulmonary Embolism Sept 2007, Collapsed lung Oct 2007, Recto/Vaginal fistula Nov 2007
 
drugs: Asacol, Imuran, Remicade, Humira, Prednisone, Canasa, Fentanyl, Warfarin, TPN


LynnRN
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   Posted 6/29/2008 5:21 AM (GMT -7)   
My double stranded ANA (means drug induced) was positive due to Humira.
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