ANA tests are complicated and are part of the dianostic quiver of tools used to diagnose and differentiate different AI diseases. This site might help to explain.
Here are the common lupus symptoms. Not everyone has all of them and it only takes a few to diagnose lupus. There is very little that is consistent with lupus or other AI diseases and each case presents itself in a unique way.
Many of us have overlapping connective tissue diseases which are even more complex. I have mctd which is a combination of lupus, scleroderma and polymyositis. Very complex and difficult to understand. Even so, treatment for many of these is pretty much the same. The biggest variable factor is how an individual patient will respond to treatment.
Hope you can get a diagnosis and start treatment soon.
Challenged nurse, what is umctd? I have mctd (mixed connective tissue disease) and there is uctd (undifferentiated connective tissue disease) which often progresses into something else.
MCTD (lupus, scleroderma, polymyositis). Diagnosed 2005. Kidney, liver, GI tract, dysphagia, raynauds, Barretts esophagus, quadriplegic in 2005. Recovered and now active in skiing, tai, chi, hiking, golf. Meds: prednisone 2.5mg, imuran 25mg, amlodipine, benazapril, omeprazole, potassium, folic acid, vitamins, maxide and various supplements and vitamins.
Remain optimistic and you can overcome the odds.