Had my appt. today

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alli sunshine
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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 6/23/2009 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   
It was very interesting. He asked lots of questions, did some joint tests. He said that given my family history, it could be an auto-immune disease. I did find out that my ana was (hope I get this right) 1:640. Anyway, he said it was as high as it could get, that they stop diluting at that point. He ordered a ton of bloodwork and x-rays of my feet. I should hear by the end of the week if anything shows up. He did say that he felt my foot pain could be from my back problems affecting how I put weight on my feet.

So, I don't know much more now than I knew before the appt. I'll wait to see what the labs show.

Thanks for all of your support.

Angel MJ
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   Posted 6/23/2009 6:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi alli ... did you have your ANA result before the appt? i think that is just a threshold test and now they get more specific - different auto antibodies indicate inflammation, organ involvement other AI indicators etc ... hang tight the waiting can be horrible but remember others that have been where you are now, are just a post away!

alli sunshine
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   Posted 6/23/2009 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
My pcp had ordered the ana test in May. When it came back positive, she sent me to the rheumatologist. He ordered several other tests to get more information. Does it say anything that the numbers came back so high? Or does that not mean much since it is a screening? This is all somewhat confusing to me.

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   Posted 6/23/2009 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Higher means it is more likely to mean something rather than be a fluke but totally healthy people can have a positive ana and really ill people can have a negative.
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