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louise47
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   Posted 4/6/2010 8:20 PM (GMT -7)   
  I am 47.I went to the doctor in December because I had a huge list of problems and had been for a couple years but didn't have medical. My blood test showed a high ANA so she sent me to the Reumy Doc. He has been trying to figure me out. He did a bone scan, I have arthritis in all my joints wich don't bother me all the time yet I have big flare ups mostly in the summer months. I have a lot of the symptoms of lupus. Twice my Ana was posative and today I find out the 3rd one was negative so he diagnosed me with Fibromyalgia  SOOOOOO confuseing. have any of you ever had a posative ANA?

Sherrine
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   Posted 4/7/2010 11:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Louise, and welcome!  We have had members that have had a positive ANA and then it changed.  The ANA test tells you if you have any autoimmune activity going on in  your body.  This is only a piece of the diagnosis because many healthy people can test positive for an ANA, I believe.  Here is what the Mayo Clinic has to say.
 
 
Fibromyalgia symptoms are very similar to lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and other illnesses.  Perhaps the fact that you flare up in the summer sparked something in your doctor's mind.  I know that summer is the worst time for me with pain from fibro.  I hope your doctor is correct and it is fibro because lupus is a more difficult illness, I believe.  Yes, you have pain with fibro.  As one member put it, "Fibromyalgia is a life sentence...not a death sentence."  Hey, I'll live with that!
 
Be sure to check out the Fibro 101 thread...the second thread on the forum.  There are links to good info about fibro and you will learn a lot there.  One link is called What Else Could It Be.  You will see the dilema that doctors have!
 
I'm so glad you joined us.  Don't hesitate to ask questions because we are here to help you.  I hope to hear more from you soon.
 
Sherrine
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luvskermit
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   Posted 4/7/2010 11:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Louise ~ I initially had a high ANA, which is now negative. My body shows signs of inflammation, but nothing shows up on any blood work. I'm just muddling through, trying to figure out what works for me, and what doesn't. I have not been formally diagnosed with fibro, but the rheumotologist thinks that is what is going on. My allergist thinks I may be gluten sensitive, which is presenting with fibro symptoms. Neither have any relation to a positive ANA, so they are stumped also.

Welcome and good luck!

louise47
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Date Joined Feb 2010
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   Posted 4/7/2010 12:19 PM (GMT -7)   
wheeew! I'm not the only one Thanks you guys. I love this site.
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