ana choice positive tesst result

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proud3
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   Posted 11/6/2009 12:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi my name is Cindy! I guess I have joined with the hope that I can get some answers....I had some blood work done roughly about 3-4 yrs ago and was told that my ana choise results came back positive. I was then told to see a rhuemy and a derm and so I did. To later find out that everything was fine. They said maybe your immune was just done at time of draw. Which by all means I was happy with that result!!But my concern comes back again as I again have bloodwork done and again my result is positive. I'm not sure what to think...does that mean that something IS brewing and they just werent able to see it 3-4 yrs ago?? Looking into the signs of lupus I can honestly say I fit that category as I did 3-4 yrs ago also with fatigue, rashes,joint pain and my goodness severe forgetfulness @ my age...!(28) I would appreciate any comments or advice and Im sorry about the long paragraph...

redrose77
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   Posted 11/6/2009 1:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I would see another rheumy and take pictures of rashes and symptom list. I am sure others will come on with more/better advice.
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jhmom
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   Posted 11/6/2009 8:44 PM (GMT -7)   
HI Proud, healthy people can have positive ANA's. Take a look at the criteria list that doctor's use to help them dx lupus. Usually if you have 4 of the 11 they will consider lupus. www.uklupus.co.uk/isitlupus.html

Feel free to ask more questions.
Stacie
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BumbleBee1
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   Posted 11/6/2009 10:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there

I urge you to get copies of your blood test results so that you can see exactly what is going on. It is quite possible that you have an autoimmune connective tissue disease. A moderately raised ANA might not be significant but diagnosis is made on the basis of all the signs and symptoms. If the ANA was at all abnormal further more specific tests should be done. If lupus is strongly suspect further tests should be done even if the ANA is negative.

The ACR Criteria was drawn up for classification purposes and provides only a general guide to diagnosis. There are many misconceptions about it. A number of important signs and symptoms are omitted such as the anti Ro anti bodies and complement as well as non specific signs such as fatigue and hair loss.

If you do have lupus or very similar it is possible that simple treatment with an anti malarial could vastly improve your health , quality of life and help prevent the spread of disease. Too often treatment is delayed. Make sure urine is tested too. In uncertain cases a skin biopsy will show lupus. It is most likely to show up in affected skin but the chances are reasonably high that SLE will show in unaffected but exposed skin such as the inner forearm or even in unaffected non expsoed skin such as a buttock or lower abdomen

If at all possible a second opinion could be a good idea.

Good Luck
BB

PattyLatty
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   Posted 11/7/2009 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   
proud3, I hope nothing is wrong, but I'd start keeping a list of all of your symptoms and take it to a new rheumatologist. Diagnosing lupus is a difficult process and it's important for you to listen to your body and keep pushing forward till you find out what's wrong. In the meantime, hang around here with us and. I learn something new all the time and I've been here for 5 years. And help us get to know you better.

Pat
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