Elevated RNP and really worried! please help!

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Date Joined Mar 2013
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   Posted 3/26/2013 1:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I am 30 years old, and I have just had an extensive panel of bloodwork done. I had several tests come back with bad results. First and foremost, I have a vitamin D, and iron deficiency. I also had my thyroid peroxidase (tpo) come back at a 277, but my thyroid stimulating hormone came back low, but normal. So my Dr said I have autoimmune thyroid disease and I was startes on 25mcg of thyroid. I also had my RNP antibodies come back positive at a 3.3 which is associated with mixed connective tissue disease. Arthritis runs in the family, and I have also had a nasty chest cold for the last 4 months.
So I guess my question is, can any other factors come in to play to make my RNP high or is there a good chance that I have MCTD? I am currently waiting for the rhumatologist to get in touch with me for an appt. Just hoping to calm my nerves in the meantime.
I have been healthy my entire life, no issues. So this worries me since I am still fairly young, and have 5 kids to raise. All I read about is how this disease is going to kill you. So I don't know what to expect. Thanks!

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   Posted 3/26/2013 2:17 PM (GMT -6)   
MCTD won't kill you, neither will UCTD or Lupus. Try to stay in the present, that is, what can you do today? And do it -- don't worry about the future. You can worry later if it becomes necessary.

Just be patient until the rheumy appt. Meanwhile make a list of all your symptoms, concerns, and current medications to take with you to the appt.

Stop reading the internet! None of these 3 autoimmune illnesses act the same in every person, symptoms range from very mild to much worse. It's all about how you feel and getting symptoms alleviated. The dx isn't that important, and no-one elses symptoms or experiences will match yours.

Stay calm. Stressing/worrying will make everything worse!
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator
"Life is far too important to be taken seriously" - Oscar Wilde

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   Posted 3/26/2013 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I called the rhumatologists office and it looks like they are scheduling out to the middle of May. I am very eager to get in and figure out what is wrong.
I do really appreaciate you responding and helping put my mind at ease. I do know that this whole situation has given me a whole new outlook on life and I won't be taking it for granted anymore. Living life to its fullest!
Thank you again!!
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