Hi Stacie . . . I'm not from the MS forum, but saw the ANA question. ANA results can take a couple weeks to come back. They always seems to lag behind the rest of the blood-work. If ANA is positive, there is a staining "pattern". +ANA is not an absolute dx, but can help in determining a dx in certain diseases, when combined with other symptoms and lab work. Some people with +ANA are very healthy with no health issues.
Here is a quote from another post with more info too:
More specific info on what your ANA test might mean:
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.
The speckled pattern is found in SLE and other connective tissue diseases, while the peripheral (or rim) pattern is found almost exclusively in SLE. The nucleolar pattern is found primarily in patients who have scleroderma.
I hope this helps.
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