ANA can indicate any of several
auto-immune diseases. There is no single test that "proves" or "confirms" UCTD, lupus, MCTD, or any other auto-immune illness. A positive ANA is only one of several symptoms that need to be present to diagnose one of these illnesses. (So No, ANA 1:80 is not enough to dx a particular illness.)
Since it sounds as though your doctors are not thinking about
your case in particular, but are hurrying thru things, I would recommend two things - (1) get a second opinion from a rheumy and (2) read up on the symptoms of lupus.
A good website is www.lupus.org
- it will give you a list of the 4 of 11 symptoms of lupus. Also one way to find a rheumy interested & familiar with these diseases is to find your local chapter of this org and call it - the doctors involved in it's advisory board are usually those 'in the know'.
Hope you feel better soon.
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's ModeratorDIAGNOSING-LUPUS & LUPUS-RESOURCES
"Life is far too important to be taken seriously" - Oscar Wilde