ANA Results from 1993

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   Posted 6/17/2010 11:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I stumbled upon this forum and have been actively reading posts all day. 
Recently I contacted my pediatrician's office to aquire a copy of my medical records from 1993.  At that time I was visiting my father in Colorado (summer visitation, I was almost 13) when out of no where I had experienced swelling in my fingers and knees, numerous welts and hives. 
I was told at the time it was Urticaria and that I was to take Benadryl when I knew I would be encountering coldness.  For a while it didn't matter.  I could be watching television and notice my thumbs were swollen.
Here are the test results from 1993:
ANA Pattern and Titer
1:16:  Speckled 3+
1:64:  Speckled 2+
1:256:  Speckled 1+
Anti Centromere Antibodies:  Negative
Over the years I have had painful joints in my feet.  I've seen a podiatrist twice over the years and the last one suggested I have sensitive joints as there was no visible joint damage.  My feet were swollen and looked bruised on the outside.  I had to wear slippers to work.
Over the past 1.5 years I have started having horrible headaches.  The PCP seems to think it is migraines.  My periods have NEVER been normal.  Right now I have the Mirena because I couldn't handle the severe cramps and blatant disregard to the 28 day cycle my uterus seemed to have.  I've had cysts on my left ovary twice.  I have even had an endometriosis diagnoses in July 2006 and had some removed.  I have moderate to severe pain in my shoulders pretty frequently and occasionally lower back pain.
My question is should I have this test repeated after 17 years?  Would this, then, have possibly signaled a Lupus diagnoses? 
Also, I have read numerous posts about what the ANA pattern means, but I would assume that 1:256 is pretty well a positive?
Thank you...

Post Edited (Goldensundrop) : 6/18/2010 7:53:12 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 6/18/2010 12:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I would see a rheumatologist and get re tested. According to LabCorp anything over 1:80 is positive. While some people w/out disease get these antibodies, I think if you have symptoms, it might mean something. It's worth being checked out. THere are other AI diseases that cause positive ANA's like Sjogren's and Scleroderma, so I'd get tested if I were you. Good luck...
BTW, I am fairly new to all this AI stuff too and by far no expert. All that is positive on me is an ANA 1:180 but I have great fatigue, painful joins but no swelling. I may also possibly have crohn's colitis. My skin biopsy is positive for skin scleroderma. My Rheumy said that these diseases can take years to fully develop. My doc put me on plaquenil for the joints and fatigue. I think it is helping.
d 1/09 with colitis sigmoid colon with some diverticular disease as well
IBS, asthma/allergies, high BP, fibromyalgia, Mixed Connective Tissue Disease
claritin, singulair, diovan, progesterone, VSL#3 probiotic, Vit. D, colazal, plaquenil back on cymbalta for pain, nexium for reflux, wellbutrin
Blood test positive for Crohn's via prometheus ibd serology panel ASCA
Positive ANA
Collitis doing OK for now, it's fatigue and joint pain that are plagueing me right now!!!

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   Posted 6/18/2010 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Jeanneac for responding.

I think I forgot to mention the MAJOR fatigue. I always contributed it to the Zoloft. I could sleep and sleep and not feel rested. Now I'm on Wellbutrin. I still feel tired but my brain won't shut up. My body begs me to sleep and I lay awake.

Most recently (I'd say within 2-3 years) I've had painful joints but no swelling. The major foot episode I had lasted from Thanksgiving 2003 to Valentine's Day 2004 almost to the day. It hurt to wear socks.

My feet did swell last week when I was in Kansas. I contributed it to the humidity, change of elevation, and running a 2 mile race.

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   Posted 6/19/2010 8:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey goldensundrop! I just have to ask, do you know what the drink Sundrop and cherry limon Sundrop are? LOL, 2 of my favorites and only in a few states :)!

Welcome to Healing Well! Have you talked to your doctor about the possibility of having lupus?

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   Posted 6/22/2010 11:59 AM (GMT -6)   

I've never heard of Sundrop!  I must google it now *scampers off to google*...


I thought I'd mentioned it before briefly in the past, but I don't think anyone gave it much thought.  Of course I was a teenager then, and now that I'm almost 30 (next month) perhaps he'd listen better.

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