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.
Welcome to the forum JG !
I'm sorry you are having so much trouble with a dx. It often takes a long time to diagnose autoimmune issues. The above quote is from "Lupus Resources" . . . link at the end of my signature. There are also some other helpful links if you think you have lupus. One of them, "4 of 11" will give you some guidelines for diagnoses.
A rheumatologist would be the right doctor to see. Your blood work should have come with a set of normal ranges which will help you determine how far off they are . . . but I'm not good at putting it all together.
I hope you find some good info here.
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