Positive ANA blood test

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   Posted 3/9/2013 9:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I am 37 and have spent the last year in constant pain, mainly my legs (I am now walking with a cane most days).

While it was a bit of a relief to finally have a test result that showed something is wrong (ER doctor said it was all in my head due to my depression, and family doctor thought it might be fibromyalgia since what tests I had done never showed anything). I pushed for more blood work since I KNEW / KNOW something's wrong.

I know a positive ANA test can be a sign of rheumatoid arthritis (doctor doesn't believe that is it), Lupus, MS (grandmother had ms). I am waiting to get into see a rheumatoid doctor...

I'm wondering what else could produce a positive ANA test, along with debilitating leg pain.

Also... I have a second consult with a gyno next week to discuss having a hysterectomy... will a positive ANA test prevent that surgery (I'm praying it wont).

Thanks for any responses.

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   Posted 3/9/2013 9:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you know your ANA pattern or titer?
It depends on the pattern which diagnosis you have.
Labsonline.com has a wonderful explaination of the patterns and titers and what they mean.

I have Lupus and fibromyalgia, both are aggrevating as all get out.
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   Posted 8/22/2013 10:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I am new to this forum. I have had SLE for 15+years and my ANA test was always high at l:1280, once it was at l:2560 and the pattern was almost always nucleolar. The pattern is what helps the Rheumatologist to tell what particular autoimmune disease it is. He will usually order more specific blood tests to confirm his dx. From the date on your post you must have a lot of answers by now. I am curious how things are working out for you. SueG

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   Posted 8/22/2013 10:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I still know nothing... I haven't even been given an appointment with the RA doctor, totally frustrating!!!

I did have my hysterectomy in April, am dealing with kidney stones right now and was diagnosed with an under active thyroid. I feel like an 90 yr old some days!

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   Posted 8/22/2013 10:51 PM (GMT -6)   

Where are you located? You should be seeing a rheumy!

Not only do they deal with Rheumatoid Arthritis, but also with all the Auto Immune diseases associated with positive ANA.

Sorry you haven't found any relief yet.
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   Posted 8/22/2013 11:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I live just outside Vancouver, BC Canada, the wait lists can be over a year (or so I've been told)

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   Posted 8/23/2013 7:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi and welcome to the forum, sorry to hear that you may have lupus though. Sounds like you've been having a lot of issues. Hate to hear that you're having to wait so long to be seen. I have a friend that lives in Alberta and she's mentioned that it can take along time to get appointments.

You asked about what conditions could cause a positive ANA and leg pain issues. A person can have a positive ANA w/o any others symptoms and have just a virus. The positive ANA can be just that, but when you also have specific symptoms with it then Dr's can begin to look and piece together whats wrong. Just an FYI if you have Fibro you will not have a positive ANA. Fibro isn't an auto immune disease nor is it an inflammatory disease.

I hope that you get in really so and your Doctor is able to figure out whats going on with you and can begin to treat you so that you can begin to feel better real soon.

Please stay in touch and let us know what your Doctor has to say.

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