I stumbled upon this forum and have been actively reading posts all day.
Recently I contacted my pediatrician's office to aquire a copy of my medical records from 1993. At that time I was visiting my father in Colorado (summer visitation, I was almost 13) when out of no where I had experienced swelling in my fingers and knees, numerous welts and hives.
I was told at the time it was Urticaria
and that I was to take Benadryl when I knew I would be encountering coldness. For a while it didn't matter. I could be watching television and notice my thumbs were swollen.
Here are the test results from 1993:
ANA Pattern and Titer
1:16: Speckled 3+
1:64: Speckled 2+
1:256: Speckled 1+
Anti Centromere Antibodies: Negative
Over the years I have had painful joints in my feet. I've seen a podiatrist twice over the years and the last one suggested I have sensitive joints as there was no visible joint damage. My feet were swollen and looked bruised on the outside. I had to wear slippers to work.
Over the past 1.5 years I have started having horrible headaches. The PCP seems to think it is migraines. My periods have NEVER been normal. Right now I have the Mirena because I couldn't handle the severe cramps and blatant disregard to the 28 day cycle my uterus seemed to have. I've had cysts on my left ovary twice. I have even had an endometriosis diagnoses in July 2006 and had some removed. I have moderate to severe pain in my shoulders pretty frequently and occasionally lower back pain.
My question is should I have this test repeated after 17 years? Would this, then, have possibly signaled a Lupus diagnoses?
Also, I have read numerous posts about what the ANA pattern means, but I would assume that 1:256 is pretty well a positive?
Post Edited (Goldensundrop) : 6/18/2010 7:53:12 AM (GMT-6)