"The homogeneous (smooth) pattern is found in a variety of connective tissue diseases as well as in patients taking particular drugs such as certain anti-arrhythmics, anti-convulsants or anti-hypertensives. This pattern is also the pattern that is most commonly seen in healthy individuals who have positive ANA tests."
So that can mean you might be fine, or you might have an auto-immune disorder or a drug reactions. Your symptoms would certainly fit into any of several autoimmune diseases, including Lupus, but could also be signs of something else entirely. A positive ANA generally indicates an auto-immune disease, but they are primary differentiated by symptoms. ANA is only 1 of 11 characteristics used to diagnose Lupus. The list is here.
I would advise you to make a list of your symptoms and when they appear. Then find a rheumotologist who is familiar with Lupus - s/he'll also know about
other autoimmune diseases. Check out lupus.org, find your local chapter, find the list of drs who participate on their advisory board - those are the ones who are interested in lupus. If you want a personal referral you'll have to go to a support meeting and ask people outside the meeting, lupus.org can't direct you to a particular dr.
If you are concerned enough about
your symptoms to post here, that means to me that you are concerned enough to find a good rheumotolgist and find the answers!
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator
"Life is far too important to be taken seriously" - Oscar Wilde