any1 know where to get an ana test??????

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AVA09
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   Posted 9/6/2009 11:01 AM (GMT -7)   
does any1 know wher i can get an ana test i have got all other blood tests done and i have similar symtoms of lupus but my doctor wont give me one is there any clinic i can get one done in and if so how much is it i would really appreciate any help

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   Posted 9/6/2009 3:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Where in the world might you be? :-)
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   Posted 9/11/2009 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   
My gastro doctor did an ANA test on me since I had a positive ANA reading on previous bloodwork they did. Maybe they feel you don't need it.
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redrose77
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   Posted 9/11/2009 12:52 PM (GMT -7)   
if you request a blood test your doctor should order it. if he won't find another doctor.
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AVA09
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   Posted 9/17/2009 10:39 AM (GMT -7)   

hi i live in ireland ive gotten all the blood tests done but im not sure if ive gotten an ANA done im in unbearable pain and really am at the end of my teather i have bad headaches i feel really dizzy and have bad nausea very bad i also feel like im "coming on" with something alot like a flu , ive also  just had glandularfever. Ive had these symtoms for over a year and a half and they just keep gettin worse wuld really really appreciate and help please

 


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   Posted 9/19/2009 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry, most of us are in the US and don't have any idea how to help you get the test if your doctor won't order it for you. We do have 1 or 2 members from Ireland, so hopefully they will be along soon with some answers that will help you out.

Hang in there,
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AVA09
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   Posted 9/20/2009 6:46 AM (GMT -7)   
oh ok thank u so much for your reply anyways xxx

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   Posted 9/20/2009 2:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello AVA

As far as I can tell I haven't seen any Irish or European member posting here for ages apart from myself. It is no doubt against HW rules to post the address of other support forums and I do not wish to fall foul of the Moderators. But in the circumstances I hope that it is reasonable to suggest that you google for online support sites that are UK based and have several members from Ireland

I am not personally familiar with the Irish health care system but I suspect from what I have heard that it's like that of the UK and most European countries where a GP referral is needed to a specialist. In the UK a GP referral is needed even when you opt to pay for a consultation privately
As far as I am aware these Internal or General Medicine doctors are hospital consultants. They deal with Patients who have a variety of complicated medical issues. I am really sorry for your ill health which certainly needs investigating. In the UK we are entitled to have our medical records with test results so find out if that is your right and requests copies of all tests that have been done. You don't say why you think you might have lupus or a similar sort of disease. Unfortunately lupus hasmany symptoms that resemble those of other types of diseases and there are very few specific tests for lupus and not everybody with lupus tests positive for the specific tests.

It seems reasonable to ask for the ANA test as part of a general attempt to find out what is causing you so many problems, but even if that test is positive it is not enough on its own to show lupus is the cause of your problems.

It could well show positive at a low level after your glandular fever. Ask your GP to run one along with a full blood count but best not to mention lupus. He could also do a RF, rheumatoid factor.

Good Luck
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   Posted 9/26/2009 5:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I am new to the group but my daughter was diagnosed with LUPUS 5 yrs ago. I have always been proactive in her healthcare but prior to her LUPUS diagnosis she had never been sick except for an ear infection when she was a baby.
 
When my daughters first symptoms (Angio-edema attack caused her face to swell 10 times its normal size in 30 minutes) occurred I thought she was having an allergic reaction to something she ate. Then 6 days later it happened again so I schedule an appointment with an Allergist/Immunologist and thank God I did because the test they gave her showed a high ANA level which lead to an immediate referral to a Rheumatologist who then provided us with an immediate diagnosis which lead to an immediate medication regimine.
 
Prior to her diagnosis I reasearched conditions that had the symptoms she was displaying as well as images of her reaction so when we saw the Allergist/Immunologist I presented them with the info and LUPUS was one of the conditions they thought she may have.  Proud to say I live in Phila where Jefferson University Hospital Dupont-Neumors childrens Allergy/Immunology clinic and the Childrens Hospital of Phila Seashore House have provided my daughter with outstanding care throughout this ordeal.  Also LUPUS.org and the MS Society have helped me coordinate other services she has required throughout this challenge.
 
 
 
 
 
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