In His Grip
AlwaysRosie "We can't control the waves, but we can learn how to surf!!"
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UCTD, Inflammatory Arthritis, Diverticulosis, (recent dx - Sjogrens, Crohn’s 4/08)
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My personal non-medical feeling is that there must be some value to reporting the low but negative numbers besides the word NEGATIVE, which some did come up as, hence the reason Mayo reports them. I'm hoping my rheumatologist will see them and know I may have a tendency to develop these problems if my immune system gets bad again. They mentioned something about ssDNA being indicative of SLE. I always thought dsDNA. Anyway, I've found that while some antibodies are normal for people to have in small quantities due to vaccines and things, none of these are normal to have.
I just wonder how many of us who suffer and have negative tests really have positive, just low results, and what that means. Hopefully someone more in the know will post. I would ask the doc, I asked mine. My endo said that my high antibodies to my thyroid were important, even more so than my TSH and T4, which are often normal, though I have obvious signs of illness that are helped with treatment and the treatment causes my antibodies to go down. Many endos would not treat me based on antibodies and physical symptoms alone. I did get a thryriod scan done and it showed clearly the disease, so it is confirmed and the amount of damage obvious to them. So I guess tests and the majority of "good" docs can be wrong.
Well, let me know what your doc says and I will do the same.