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   Posted 9/9/2010 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I know none of you can diagnose me but I am just a little confused about my bloodwork and what everything means. I read the reference post about bloodwork but am still uneasy.
I am a 25 year old female. My mother, uncle, aunt, and cousin all have Lupus. I went to the doctor because I had a stomach infection and he did blood work. While I was there I was telling him how I have been very tired lately, staying sick with sinus infections and how my feet, ankles, fingers, knees, and hands hurt really bad when I wake up in the mornings. This has been going on for about a year. My hands are also very swollen and sore in the mornings adn it is hard to straighten my legs. If I do a lot of manual work one day, I will ache so bad for a few days later...For example, I did "spring cleaning" of my house (or fall cleaning, rather lol) and re-arranged furniture, moved boxes, swepped and scrubbed really hard on Sunday. Well, by the time I went to bed that night, I was in so much pain. my entire body ached so bad, my skin was really hot, like I had a sunburn, my fingers, wrists, feet and knees have been killing me ever since.  I mean, it wore me out!
It is like that every time I do anything other than rest! I told the doctor all this. He called yesterday and said my ANA came back positive and considering my family history and my symptoms he believed I have lupus and referred me to a rheumatologist.
The ANA came back positive but the Rheumatoid factor was low, and the titer was low. Can anyone help me understand my bloodwork? I am reading it as though I do not have an auto immune disease because my numbers are so low, even though it came back positive??? I know you cannot diagnose me...
Blood results as follows: (my results are in red)
SED RATE (inflammation): 28 (reference range is 20 or below)
ANA TITER: 1:40 (REFERENCE RANGE IS <1:40 Negative, 1:40-1:80 Low antibody level, and >1:80 Eleveated antibody level)

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Date Joined Sep 2005
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   Posted 9/9/2010 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   
you can have negative blood work and still have an autoimmune condition. My blood work is all neg yet look at my signature. Low positive can happen as a fluke but you really need to see a lupus specialist rheumetologist not all rheumetologists are lupus specialists. I wish you luck
Dx:fibromyalgia 2002, systematic lupus 2005- definate CNS involvement dxed late 2005, psoriasis 2006, rheumatoid arthritis 2006, PTSD 2007, multiple allergies 2005, migraine, compression fractures T11 & T12, Sjögren's, damaged periphrial nerves 2007, exema
Tx: plaquenil, Enbrel, Tramadol, Singulair, Skelaxin, Baby Asprin, Imuran, Prilosec, lasix, Evoxac, Celebrex, Vicodine when things get too bad, prednisone again, various vitamin/mineral supplements, cozar, duragesic patches
"Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible." T. E. Lawrence

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Date Joined Aug 2010
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   Posted 9/12/2010 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
My dr said that the SED rate is as important as the ANA titer. He said that that if your SED is above 20 then you are more likely to have one of the inflammatory autoimmune disease. Who knows, but I hope that somehow that helps you. And like redrose said, you can be negative all the way across and still have something going on and vice versa..... I wish you luck in your search for answers..... take care.
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