does a negative ANA test mean no lupus?

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   Posted 7/19/2009 10:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I have many of the symptoms of lupus, but my doc stopped looking once the ANA test came back negative. That is the only test she administered.

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   Posted 7/19/2009 10:57 AM (GMT -6)   
My ANAs have varied from normal to 1,200!  Don't give up see another doc to have it tested again. It took me three months to get diagnosed. Ask if it was elevated.

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   Posted 7/19/2009 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I should have also asked what are your other symptoms and are you seeing a rheumatologist or regular physician? Don't waste your time unless you see a rheumatologist!  My regular physician told me it did not have lupus for three months until I saw a specialist. I had swollen joints, fever, and severe fatigue.  I felt like I had the flu all the time.  My reg doc did not think I had lupus b/c I did not have a butterfly rash.  Good luck!!

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   Posted 7/19/2009 4:07 PM (GMT -6)   
My mom who definitely had autoimmune problems just had her ANA tested and it was negative. But the stupid doc ignored the fact that she was on a huge amount of steroids for colitis!!! If you are taking or have taken steroids or immunosuppressants, you might want to talk to the doc about it. With my positive ANA, even when it was fairly high, they wanted to see repeatedly positive tests and with everything going wrong with me still haven't done a ds-dna test or given me a lupus diagnosis, just sjogrens. They are waiting till my kidneys are toast I guess.

Take care and find a doc who will listen to you and look at your symptoms. The ANA goes up and down and some people just don't have it at all.
Love, Marji
Ills--Sjogrens-Lupus cond., AI polygland. dysfunction 2, hyper/hypopigment, scoliosis,kyphosis,stenosis, deg.,O.A.,spine surgeries, salivary/lymphectomies, NASH, COPD, RLS, UT/GI bleeds, hystero, brain/nerve damage,TB
Meds--INH,Plaquenil, Evoxac, Metformin, Synthroid, HCTZ, HRT and Lidocaine patchs, Voltaren gel, Klonopin, Vicodin, Restasis, Albuterol, steroids

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   Posted 7/20/2009 1:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I have lupus with multiple organ involvement and have never had a positive ana. I do, however, think it is rare. My rheumatoid factor, sed rate, c-reactive protein were all extremely high. Judy

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   Posted 7/22/2009 9:01 PM (GMT -6)   
have always been ANA negative . . . i do, however, have other autoimmune markers and have had multiple organ involvement. find a different doctor if yours is only looking at ANA results because there are so many other indicators.

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
-Albert Einstein

Dx: SLE, Sjogren's, Reynaud's, Peripheral Neuropathy

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