Dear Amy, Judy, and Donna:
Many thanks for responding and for your advice, sharing of information, and suggestions. I redid the test this morning and will again tomorrow morning. Perhaps tomorrow the doctor can at least let me know the dipstick results before I leave. It took a week to have the final results last time....
I have done this test annually for years (diabetes in the family) and have never had an abnormal result... until a week ago. With the elevated ANA, even if the microhematuria is not repeated, I suspect that my primary will want at least some sort of investigation. (And yes, I was careful to schedule my appointments around my hormonal schedule, but thanks for the reminder, Donna. <: )
Judy, I think I read somewhere that microhematuria can be commonly transient in SLE and may not need treatment, at least not initially. Thanks for sharing your story. I don't know about proteinuria; it was not mentioned when the doctor's office called and asked me to schedule a repeat analysis. Perhaps no mention of it is good news; I'll assume so for now.
And thank you, Amy, for the great description of kidney biopsies. If that test ever becomes necessary, as you said, I have also heard that some people can have sedation such as Versed, which I know works great for me, and which I would request if possible. I am definitely feeling less stressed now, so many thanks to all of you for the support.
Warm wishes for a feeling-well week full of great weather.
Post Edited (Fiesta) : 3/30/2009 5:40:11 PM (GMT-6)