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estierule
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Date Joined Oct 2015
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   Posted 10/30/2015 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   
HI I'M NEW TO THIS GROUP AND WAS JUST RECENTLY 'DIAGNOSED" WITH AUTO IMMUNE DISEASE. MY ANA TITER CAME BACK HIGH READING 1:160.... MY DR HAD ME DO A LUPUS BLOOD WORK PANEL 2 DAYS AGO TO GET FURTHER INFORMATION. I HAVE HAD LEFT EAR FLARE UPS SINCE MY 20'S --I'M 43. I HAVE ALWAYS HAD FATIUGE BUT JUST ALWAYS THOUGHT IT WAS FROM WORKING OR BEING BUSY. AND HAVE ALWAYS HAD BACK PAIN, HEADACHES AND I HAVE BEEN GETTING DIZZINESS MORE FREQUENTLY. EVERYTHING THAT I HAVE READ HAS EITHER SAID I HAVE LUPUS OR HAVING A ANA OF 1:160 DOES NOT MEAN ANYTHING. THE FIRST APPT I HAVE WITH A SPECIALIST ISN'T UNTIL DEC 9TH... THIS IS THE SOONEST OUT OF 7 DR'S I HAVE CALLED. I'M SCHED TO SEE A PCP IN 3 WEEKS..... CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME IF I SHOULD BE CONCERNED OR NOT.... BEING IN THE DARK WITH THIS IS SCARY... THANK YOU SO MUCH !

Lynnwood
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Date Joined May 2005
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   Posted 10/30/2015 8:53 PM (GMT -6)   
An ANA reading of 1:160 is not particularly high, but it does indicate you need some followup by a rheumatologist to examine you, talk about any symptoms you may be having and possibly do some follow-up tests.

The ANA by itself does not mean you DO have something going on, but it indicates that you MIGHT have something going on, and you need the follow-up to see what might be occurring.
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2002
DIAGNOSING LUPUS & HW's LUPUS 101
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