ANA test positive

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   Posted 7/10/2007 12:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Can someone give me some insight?
I have been battling fatigue for close to a year now, finally the Doctor has sent me for tests and my ANA test came back 1/160.  I do have a few other symptoms like hair loss (not currently), sensitivity to light and the fatigue.
She is going to re-test the ANA but just wondering your thought

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   Posted 7/10/2007 1:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi ka and welcome. I'm not sure how much you have read about the ANA test but a positive ANA can be present in multiple autoimmune diseases, or some healthy people can even have a positive ANA. However, if you have a positive ANA and are having symptoms, a doc needs to look into it further and run additional test more specific for lupus and several other autoimmune diseases. In my opinion, the next move would be to get a referral to a good rheumatologist who is very familiar with autoimmune diseases.

Trying to take in everything at first can be overwhelming. We have some great resources here for you to look at on the forum and some clickable resources in my signature. We have some great tips for new members in the resources portion of the forum. Something that has helped a lot of people is to keep a log of your symptoms, even things that might seem small to you or not related can help doctors put all the pieces of the puzzle together and keeping the log will help you not forget to tell the doc something.

I'm really glad you found this forum. We have great people here who are very supportive and we'll try to help in anyway we can. I hope your doc runs some more specific tests or gives you a referral to a specialist. Please feel free to ask any questions you have.

Take care and keep us updated on how you are doing and what you find out.
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   Posted 7/11/2007 12:56 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi KA, There really isn't much I can addd to what hippi said. There is no one test that can determine what is going on with you. Hopfully your doctor will put together your symptoms and your test and try to get you to the right person to get answers. I know how frustrating it can be. I just wanted to say hello and welcome to the group. Someone will always be around to help with answering questions and being supportive. Let us know how your new test come out.



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   Posted 7/11/2007 4:29 PM (GMT -6)   
THank you, I will let you know!
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