Positive ANA of 1:160 with speckled and homogenous pattern but no AI disease

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Jelena414
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   Posted 12/9/2013 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,

I tested positive for ANA, it is 1:160 with a speckled and homogenous pattern. I have symptoms of aches and pain in my knees and my hands. My second round of tests did not show any positive's for lupus, rh or any other disease. The doctor said I just need to take preventative measures to keep. Aches and pains at bay- rest, take warm baths, des tress etc.

Well here is where I have been really rethinking my career choice in court reporting. I have been a part time court reporting student for almost a year and I have not been advancing like the others because of my aches and pains. Every time I go on to write on the macine I get pain in my joints and I had to stop. Today has been tough especially wih the nasty weather, freezing rain. I am thinking I need to give this up so as to not exacerbate my symptoms and make my joints worse. When I asked the dr abt it she did say maybe it isn't the best careerto go into.

Cld there be a possibility that I don't get anything at all and Tia cld be a false positive?

Lynnwood
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Date Joined May 2005
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   Posted 12/15/2013 10:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Here is what the Lupus Organization says about ANA patterns. There is more info available in the sticky thread "Lupus Resources" at the top of the Lupus page.

* The pattern of the ANA test can sometimes be helpful in determining which autoimmune disease is present and which treatment program is appropriate.
- The homogeneous, or smooth pattern is found in a variety of connective tissue diseases, as well as in people taking particular drugs, such as certain antiarrhythmics, anticonvulsants or antihypertensives.
- This homogenous pattern is also the one most commonly seen in healthy individuals who have positive ANA tests.
- The speckled pattern is found in SLE and other connective tissue diseases
- The peripheral, or rim pattern is found almost exclusively in SLE.
-The nucleolar pattern, with a few large spots, is found primarily in people who have scleroderma.

Is it a rheumy who you are seeing? If this is an auto-immune disease there are prescription preventatives that might help you (like Plaquenil) keep the disease in check.

Yes, it's positive that you won't get anything at all - but you should be ab;e to get the symptoms under control fairly easily.
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2002
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