Positive ANA Result... Really Nevous and Need Some Advice.

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Young Lady
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   Posted 1/1/2010 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I am a 28 yead old African America Female. about two weeks ago I caught a really bad cold, and had an inflamation in my eye. Due to the inflamation, I was referred to an opthamologist who diagnosed it as Scleritis. He informed me that this flare up is usually an indication of something going on inside the body and ordered several blood tests. The resuts indicated a positive SED rate and an ANA of 1:160. He informed me that this is usually a sign of Lupus, Rhumatic Fever, or Rhumatoid Athritis. I have had no symtoms of lupus and he reccomened I see a Rhumatologist. Give the fact that I am healthy and had had no symptoms, should I be concerned that I have Lupus or any other condition associated with a high ANA? Thanks in advance.

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   Posted 1/1/2010 9:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I would go ahead and talk with a rheumatologist just to make sure you have your bases covered.

Scleritis is once of the many autoimmune diseases associated with positive ANA -- 1:160 is rather low in the scale, but with autoimmune the symptoms may or may not directly affect ANA. Once your rhuemy takes a good look at your body and your physical history, you'll be able to discuss where exactly you are at -- they may simply want to monitor you once a year or something like that.

It isn't something to worry or panic over, but do have it checked out for your own piece of mind.

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   Posted 1/1/2010 9:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Great advice from Lynnwood. Glad to hear you are not symptomatic, that's a really good sign!

Young Lady
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   Posted 1/1/2010 10:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks to both of you for your reply. This site is really a blessing! Have a wonderful evening! I will post an update once I see a rhuemy!
-Best Regards!
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