Need advice/ help from someone with experience ... Positive ANA test. SCARED!!

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Anna Shay
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   Posted 12/24/2008 3:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Heyy all :)
I just needed some advice from someone who has experience in autoimmune disorders/ ANA tests, etc. ANyway, heres my story. about a month ago, I was walking around a grassy area and noticed that i got a mosquito bite on my left food. I started scratching the bite just like i would any mosquito bite. However, after a few hours, i started noticing that the bite was swelling up. I thought, maybe it'll go away in a few hours. THe next morning, it was even more swollen, itchy, and red. I thought that maybe this wasn't a mosquito bite... maybe some infectious bite of another sort. I'd like to add that there was no pain in this swollen area... just itching and and redness. ANyway, i went to my GP. He took a look at it and gave me a tetanus shot. Also, he prescribed me some antibiotics. Then, he said... why don't we give you an ANA test just to be sure. The test came out positive at 1:160 homogeneous. I'd like to also note that this test was done when my foot was swollen about 2 horus after i received the Td vaccination while i was on antibiotics. I have had no symptoms of any autoimmune disorder in the past. No fever, joint pain, head ache, etc. ANyway, after my swelling went down a few days later, my gP decided to run a lupus panel, testing for specific lupus-related antibodies. He and a rheumatologist both said that the test could have been false-positive due to the fact that there was inflammation/ infection on my foot at the time the blood was drawn. Everything on the lupus panel came out negative and surprisignly, so did the ANA. The doctor said that its possible that many things could've cross reacted to produced a positive result (swelling, vaccination, antibiotics). ALthough my doctor assured me that my ANA is negative and i have nothing to worry about, ive been freaking out. Ive been feeling neurological symptoms that he attributes to anxiety such as burning in my arms and legs. I've been waking up in the morning with numbness in my hands. This all started right after i found out that my ANA test was positive. He told me that it's nothing to worry about since these symptoms started right after i found out that my ANA result was positive and says that it is all related to worry/anxiety. I'm just not sure and am freaking out over this positive ANA test result. any advice?

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   Posted 12/24/2008 4:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Anna Shay,
Take a deep breath, relax.  That is great that your ANA went back down, ANA is one thing in your life that you don't have to worry about now.  Hopefully my numbers will make you feel better.
My highest ANA was 1:41,160 homogeneous and my last reading was 1:20,480.  The doctors in my area have never seen such high ANA results.  I'm going to see a second Rheumatologist soon just in case she has any advise.  Basically I am a very healthy 31 yr. old female.  I play ice hockey and all my other blood work is normal.  I do have Raynaud's, so I have to keep warm to try to avoid my fingers and toes turning white.  I have celiac sprue so I strictly avoid gluten.
I hope the numbness in your hands and the burning gets better.  Did you start sleeping differently?  ANA is a screening test and doesn't mean you have some specific disease.  I read that 5% of the healthy population has a high ANA.  Good luck and try not worry about a one-time high ANA!

Post Edited (Freestyler) : 12/24/2008 2:18:56 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 12/24/2008 4:32 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Anna, my name is carol. First of all welcome to the group. I live on oklahoma and differnt countries have different ways of measuring ANA's. But more important then that is that a possitive or neg ANA by it self means very little. A person could have an auto immune disease with a neg. ANA or they could have no autoimmune disease and still have a pos. ANA. It's just one of many test. Trust me I think most of us wishes that an ANA test was diffinent for anything. You could bounce back and forth you could feel like garbage and have a neg. ana or feel wonderful and have a high one. It could take years to make a dx on what if anything you have. Maybe you got bit by some weird critter? maybe the meds the dr gave you weirded out your blood tests. It could litterally be a 1000 reasons why your tests came out like that.

I would never tell you not to be concerned about how you feel. Lord knows we hear that enough for our dr.s . I would just keep an eye on things if you don't improve in the next week you might consider seeing another dr. . Doctors don't always get things right. Who knows maybe,hopfully you just have a flu bug. Also there are people in this world who have a possitive ANA and never know it in their whole life because they never manifest other symptoms.

If your symptoms go away than great but if you have joint pain, or fever , tired all the tme rash. Anything that is not normal you should visit another rheumy or at least a pcp and bring your records. write things down that way you have them so you don't forget just in case you need to go back in. and as always you can come here if you have in concerned or questions. Someone will be here to help you out.

huge hugs


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Anna Shay
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   Posted 12/24/2008 7:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much freestyler and carol!!! :)

it really makes me feel good to know that these forums exist and that i have people to talk to.... people who understand my fear. my family is telling me that i'm freaking out for no reason and i should just relax and i'm trying to. Happy holidays to the both of you and hope your christmas is filled with joy! thanks again for the advice.
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