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Sally Aggarwal
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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 5/25/2009 6:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone
I live in Bermuda and was recently diagnosed with a positive ANA (Speckled pattern >30 - 1:250-1:650).  The doctor said she thinks it is lupus (I have a family history of rheumatoid arthritis but that test came back negative) and has referred me to a rheumatologist from US but he is not visiting the island until end of June.  I am quite a worrier and upset over the news.  My symptoms are pain in the lower back which wakes me up most evenings (even after taking voltaren at night), stiffness upon waking, pain in the neck, fatigue and numbnes in fingers.  I also have photosensitivity but no skin rash.  I had breast implants 21 months ago and wonder if a reaction to them could cause a positive ANA?  Are there any other things which would match my symptoms which would give a positive ANA test?  Thanks for any help.

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   Posted 5/25/2009 8:24 AM (GMT -6)   

Welcome to the forum. I always hate to hear of yet another person with lupus symptoms, and I do understand your concern about the news. Your symptoms sound eerily like mine.

As far as breast implants and lupus, that has been an area of concern for years but to date, there is no scientific proof about a connection. Check out the FDA site on this topic:

And as to your question about any other things which might match your symptoms, I can't answer that.

Under the Resources page at the top of the forum is a lot of information about lupus. My personal favorite site is that of the Lupus Foundation of America:

Five or six weeks is not long to have to wait for an appointment with a rheumatologist. Many folks have to wait for several months for a first appointment.

Check out the information we have posted under the Resources page about how to prepare for a doctor's appointment. We lupies urge people to keep a daily log of their symptoms (whether or not you think a symptom might be related tol lupus) and go to your appointment armed with your log of symptoms and a list of all of your questions. I always take notes when at an appointment because there is often more information handed out that I can absorb.

Stay out of the sun, and don't worry. There are lots of things worse than having lupus. Once you start on medications, hopefully many of your symptoms will disappear. And we are here to offer our help and understanding. This forum is a great support group for those of us with lupus or suspecting lupus.

Hang in there. Tell us more about yourself and ask all the questions you want. That's what we're here for.


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   Posted 5/25/2009 7:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sally, Pat gave you great advise and information I just wanted to welcome you to the forum.

Check out the links Pat told you about and also this one (below)

Take a look at the criteria list, if you have 4 of the 11 symptoms doctor's will usually consider lupus. Hang in there, your appt will be here before you know it, please let us know how you are getting on and how your appt goes. Take care
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   Posted 5/25/2009 9:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Breast implants and Autoimume. Well, its been a little over a month since I had my implants removed and am now waiting for 3months to retest. I do feel better but it could all be in my mind.
I will post the before and after numbers and we can al see if there is anything to the implant question. PS they look really really good.  healing beautifully.
I found out from my doctors office there have been more than 6 cases in the last month where insurnace approved implants removeal. I was one of them becasue of the weird wacked out numbers and everything started AFTER I got them..
we will see...

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   Posted 5/25/2009 10:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum Sally,

I agree with Patty . . . most of wait a good couple months for a first Rheumy appointment. The first appointment can be an hour or more. The doctor will ask LOTS of questions and will likely order a ton of bloodwork.

I hope you get some answers. Keep us posted!!


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Sally Aggarwal
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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 5/30/2009 5:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks ladies for all your advice and support.  My doctor is getting me an earlier appointment with a local rheumatologist to answer my queries.  I will keep you updated. 
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