Post Edited (GSDgirl) : 7/15/2010 11:13:07 AM (GMT-6)
Hi Kellie...my son works with blood and when I was going through the fibro dx he told me two things. ANA tests are notorioulsy ambiguous and don't mean squat. It is the most repeated test done in any lab as it can be positive one day and negative the next. All you need is a minor infection, scratch or hangnail to get a positive reading. RA factor tests are not always reliable either. He worked as a project manager on the latest, injectable RA drug. Many people with positive testing don't have it, others with negative results and DO have it. It's frustrating that these tests are not definitive. Have you had an MRI? That is one of the first tests they should do, along with a complete bloodwork panel. The tender/trigger point test is also revealing when it comes to fibro. Of course, many of us have other things going on besides fibro, which makes a dx more challanging. Ruling out other diseases is the only way to get a confirmed fibro dx...frustrating, time consuming and for those of us without insurance...$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$!