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Date Joined Aug 2010
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   Posted 9/8/2010 8:16 AM (GMT -7)   
   I've only posted on forum once, but read frequently. Have been diagnosed with Fibro, now positive ANA blood test. Does anyone know what this means, or came up positive themselves? Regular doc referring to Rheumy, but I'm sure this will take some time.

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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 4796
   Posted 9/8/2010 8:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi heglo. A positive ANA test by itself does not mean much.The test determines
if you have autoantibodies to the cell nuclei in the blood. There are healthy people
who test positive, there are false positive readings. Any diagnosis of autoimmune
diseases are based on multiple blood work and clinical findings.

Your rheumy will do a full exam, ask lots of questions and run lots of bloodwork.
Make sure you bring a list of all your symptoms and your entire medical history.

It helps to take pictures of any swelling or rashes you might have. Check out
fibro 101 on top of page one. There is a pain and symptom journal you could
print out and use.

Try not to worry, stress will cause you more pain. Take one day at a time.
Come back to post, someone is always here to help...We care:)

Hugs, Robin
Fibromyalgia, MCTD (Lupus, Scleroderma & RA) Raynaud's, Osteoporosis,
Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Migraines, and Hypertension
Prescription Meds: Savella, Cyclobenzaprine, Methotrexate, Diltiazem, Boniva,
Folic Acid.  OTC Meds: Multi-vitamin. Vit, D, Vitamin B12 & calciim supplements

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   Posted 9/8/2010 9:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Heglo, and welcome!  Robin gave great info.  You could have another ANA and it could easily be negative. 
I'm glad you decided to join the family!  We have great members here that love to help one another.  I think  you will like it here.
Be sure to check out Fibro 101...the first thread on the forum.  There is good information all about fibro and you will learn a lot.
Don't hesitate to ask questions because we are here to help you.  Hope to see more of you soon.
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God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
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