Hi Everyone I'm new here an much like the person who's post I just read, I just received a positive ANA test this week and I am very concerned about
what it might mean. Mine is 1:160 which isn't through the roof, but is outside the norm and the way my doc presented it, it has me scared to death. I don't understand all of this and what it might mean but my test was listed as finely speckled - does that mean anything good or bad?
The symptoms that brought me to the doc was just generally feeling very unwell - flu like symptoms that went on for several weeks but seemed to be getting worse. Very tired and just feeling like crud. I had recently (6 weeks before this started) weaned from several antidepressant meds that I had been taking for many years. Originally associated the bad feeling with withdrawal but after six weeks I should have been getting over that. So he cast a general net of tests - all came back normal accept the ANA at 1:160. I know none of you are doctors but can you help me put a some kind of gauge on how concerned I should be by this result.
I'm a 56 year old male and in generally good health - a little arthritis in the hips and a ton of anxiety and depression but other than that no real problems.