Elevated ANA & ace markers...help

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   Posted 6/1/2014 9:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone!
I am new to this site, so I am so sorry if I am in the wrong place or doing this wrong!

First off, I'm a 21 year old female. I am a very healthy person other than my severe panic and anxiety disorder (which I have sought out treatment for- therapy and meds.)

Over the past three years, I developed a body wide muscular twitching..so of course my PCP sent me to a neuro a year ago to have an emg done just to ease my worried mind. The emg and nerve conduction tests and my neuro exam were all ok. So I went on my merry way, but the neuro ordered blood work to be done..about 32 different tests to be exact! Everything looked fine except what he called "a slightly elevated ANA and Ace value." My ANA was 1:640 I believe. My ace was about 75. I had them retested down the road again but they came out the same... He explained ANA is usually used to look for lupus and ace for sarcoidosis..but that neither were very indicative of anything serious to him because of my lack of skin rashes, fever, joint pains, coughing etc...

I am going to be retested by another doctor soon within the next few weeks to recheck these levels as it's been about 8 months since my second round of blood work. Again, everything else looks perfect except for those two numbers.. And they're not crazy elevated either. I know they're inflammation markers.

My father has immunodeficiency (an auto immune disease) would this effect my numbers at all? I am so confused and I've been in limbo land forever now.. It's very frustrating as I am young and just want to live my life! I try to be positive and not let it affect me but as you probably guessed..it really effects my panic disorder and I struggle greatly with that as it is.. So all of this unknown stuff just drives me bonkers!

I do have odd symptoms that come and go like off balance, head aches, tiredness, derealization feelings- which I really think is from my panic and medication I started a few weeks ago..but I'm just worried and in need of a little reassurance and direction I guess? Your thoughts?

Sorry this is so lengthy!


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   Posted 6/1/2014 9:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Some people have a positive ana and never develop lupus.
There is a list of 11 indicators for lupus you need to meet 4 of the 11. Positive ana is only one of the 11. If you don't have the four then don't fret over lupus.

Wait and talk to the rheumy and see what he thinks.
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   Posted 6/1/2014 9:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes he did say that and I did read over the 11 criteria.. I have positive ANA, canker sores frequently (however these May be different than lupus mouth ulcers) and fatigue so far.

Thank you !!!
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