Hi! My name is Sarah, I'm 22. I came across this message board while doing some online research looking for answers. If anyone could provide some insight or answers that would be awesome! Thank you!
Here's some history on me just in case it helps anyone answer my questions better. I have had 2 ANA tests come back positive but not tested positive for any autoimmune disorders. Autoimmune disorders run rampant in my family. My great grandmother had RA. My mother had Sarcoidosis right before she got breast cancer. My grandmother and her son (my dad) both have Gout. And my other grandmother had exceptionally bad psoriasis. My dad also has osteoarthritis.
I myself experience really bad joint pain in pretty much all my joints, but I would say my shoulders, hips, and knees are the worst. They don't get swollen or filled with fluid though. I also get fatigued really easily.
During some routine bloodwork from my neurologist (that I see for migraines) she told me I tested positive for Lupus and that I needed to see a Rheumatologist. I freaked out and saw one right away.
I didn't test positive for Lupus, what I had was a positive ANA from the Neuro. (I was tested for Lymes by the Neuro - Negative). The Rheumy told me he didn't think I have Lupus but he did a TON of bloodwork and tested for all the markers of Lupus and all the other autoimmune disorders and all that.
After waiting for 3 weeks I finally got the results last week. I got good and bad news.
All the bloodwork for Lupus came back negative. All the other AI's came back negative...however my ANA came back positive AGAIN. My Rheumy said he thinks I may have been exposed to a virus that causes my ANA to test positive.
He put me on Sulfasal-azine 500mg 1 tablet twice daily for my joint pain because I was taking too much ibuprofen, and I have an appointment to go back in 3 months. And he told me to take Tylenol instead of Motrin. And he said we can repeat all the autoimmune bloodwork tests in 6 months if I wanted to.
So I guess my questioons are 1) Why am I repeatedly getting a positive ANA? Could I possibly have Lupus and it's just too early to show up in other blood tests?
2) Is it possible for a virus to cause multiple positive ANA tests? I've never heard of that.
3) The Sulfalasazine is giving me horrible headaches every day. If anyone has been on that...do they eventually go away?!?!?!?!?!?
I am very confused. And any help is appreciated! Thank you!
Post Edited (Sarahj90) : 3/20/2013 11:51:28 PM (GMT-6)