Positive RNP and past positive ana.

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Date Joined Aug 2012
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   Posted 8/25/2012 5:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Went to my family Dr while in NV and my blood work showed positive for ana and my Dr followed it up and it came back up with a low positive RNP and polymyositis.
Symptoms include severe fatigue, joint pain, muscle pain, numbness in arms and hands and swelling in hands. Also said I have polycythemia vera. I was also born with a mild form of palsy which doesn't help a darn thing.
I moved to the Cleveland and had blood work done again. Now a negative on the ANA but still low positive on the RNP. Gave me a little depression quiz if you will which to be honest irked me. I am not depressed. Lord knows I have fought a lot of medical issues my whole life and my positive attitude has always helped me through things. I am 50yrs old and I know whn my body is not right.
My family Dr thankfully is following up and consulting with eht rheumy and I am seeing a Hematologist next week.
Frustrated but determined to get answers!

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 8/25/2012 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Go for it! You have a right for extra opinions.

ANA can change from negative to positive and back again.
When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 8/25/2012 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Steve - Just had to say hello -my mother was diagnosed with polycythemia about 12 years ago.  She's been getting regular phlebotomies every since - about every 3-4 mos.  She's nearly 87.  Her hematologist has told me it tends to run in families so I need to be followed for it as well.  I do run high on the HGB and HCT - but not quite high enough or regularly enough to warrant treatment yet. 
It does seem that different labs come up with different values fairly often.  I'm glad you are getting a referral to a rheumatologist for your +RNP, I'm sure your ANA will be checked a few times more!  Good luck and hang in there !
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