Posted 7/19/2009 4:07 PM (GMT -6)
My mom who definitely had autoimmune problems just had her ANA tested and it was negative. But the stupid doc ignored the fact that she was on a huge amount of steroids for colitis!!! If you are taking or have taken steroids or immunosuppressants, you might want to talk to the doc about it. With my positive ANA, even when it was fairly high, they wanted to see repeatedly positive tests and with everything going wrong with me still haven't done a ds-dna test or given me a lupus diagnosis, just sjogrens. They are waiting till my kidneys are toast I guess.
Take care and find a doc who will listen to you and look at your symptoms. The ANA goes up and down and some people just don't have it at all.
Ills--Sjogrens-Lupus cond., AI polygland. dysfunction 2, hyper/hypopigment, scoliosis,kyphosis,stenosis, deg.,O.A.,spine surgeries, salivary/lymphectomies, NASH, COPD, RLS, UT/GI bleeds, hystero, brain/nerve damage,TB
Meds--INH,Plaquenil, Evoxac, Metformin, Synthroid, HCTZ, HRT and Lidocaine patchs, Voltaren gel, Klonopin, Vicodin, Restasis, Albuterol, steroids