I was diagnosed with Crohn's in 2006. At that time I tested positive for antinuclear antibodies. I recently had extensive blood tests done after petechiae appeared all over my shins (which has since faded but unfortunately reappeared on my arms). All of my blood tests were virtually NORMAL (except for a severe Vit. D deficiency...). It freaked me out because I cannot remember a time I was not anemic. In addition, I was told that my antinuclear antibodies had just DISAPPEARED. According to my hematologist I no longer have them. That doesn't sound right? Am I cured? HA. What's going on? He said he did not know why they would come and go. It is frustrating because I was hoping a careful examination of my antinuclear antibodies would help give a diagnosis for the petechiae and other symptoms I have (fatigue, brain fog, joint pain --- all of these are possibly associated with Crohn's).
Secondly, I've been seeing a rheumatologist because I have presented with several Lupus symptoms including the petechiae already mentioned. Since my blood tests were normal, and the petechiae were fading (left behind frecklish looking spots), I was not given a definitive diagnosis. Now that they have reappeared on my arm, I am feeling anxious. What should I be tested for, which my blood would not show, that could possibly cause them? I feel like there HAS to be a reason for them.
Thanks for your time.
Post Edited (meowese) : 8/6/2008 12:21:42 AM (GMT-6)