ANA of 1 320...could this be lupus?

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   Posted 2/18/2016 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Back two weeks ago I had a somewhat minor head trauma and was rushed to the ER. The doctors there did some blood work on me, nothing out of the ordinary was found. Last week I went to a general medicine doctor for a follow up appointment to be sure my head was healing properly, I had also developed a rash that covered my entire body. The doctor said the head look fine but she though the rash was due to an allergic reaction to the medicine I was given to manage the head pain. She did some blood work to be sure and wrote me a prescription for a steroid for the rash. The rash improved drastically with use of the steroid. A few days later, my doctor called and said that my blood work results had an ANA ratio of 1:320 and that she recommends I see a rheumatologist because it could be lupus. She said that sometimes false positives happen but I needed to check it out and be mindful of any lupus symptoms.

I'm 30 years old. I've never had any health issues before. Ever since i found out I have a titer of 1:320 I've been having slight aches in my arms and hands. Is this just me being nervous (like a mental thing, thinking I'm sick when I'm not because of the results) or could I really have lupus? I'm really scared...any input will be appreciated

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Date Joined May 2005
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   Posted 2/18/2016 2:01 PM (GMT -6)   
A positive ANA simply means that you should be checked out by a rheumatologist. The Dr will check a number of other things and ask abut any symptoms you may be having. An ANA may indicate any number of auto-immune diseases, such as Lupus, or it may be nothing.

Check out my link below, diagnosing lupus, as these are the kinds of symptoms the Dr may ask about.

Meanwhile, stay calm and carry on. Make a rheumy appointment then put it out of your mind till the appt.

PS. One way to find a good rheumy is to check out [utl] and find the local chapter. Then talk to the local chapter to find out what rheumies in your area are active in the group -- those are the Drs you want to choose from.

Let us know how it goes.
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2002
"Life is far too important to be taken seriously." - Oscar Wilde
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