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   Posted 12/27/2017 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   
My ANA came back 1-1280 it’s been over a year and still no answers to what is wrong with me

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   Posted 12/27/2017 5:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you have any symptoms of any kind? If not, there may not be anything at all wrong with you!

Here is what Johns Hopkins (Maryland, USA) has to say about a positive ANA.

"A positive ANA result means that you have a higher than normal concentration of these antibodies. This is one of the tools in diagnosing lupus as well as several other autoimmune diseases, so a positive result may be related to lupus or to another disease. Or you may simply have a higher than normal concentration of these auto-antibodies that may not have any impact on your health. Even among people with lupus, ANA results can vary widely; one person can be in remission at a certain titer of ANA while another can be extremely ill at the same titer. Autoimmune diseases often have a systemic effect on the body and are very complex by nature. Your healthcare provider will interpret what the test results mean for you and may need to compare your test results as well as the severity of your symptoms over a period of time in order to make a definitive diagnosis."
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2000
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   Posted 12/27/2017 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Lynnwood is right,

"It is important to realize that even though 98% of people with lupus will have a positive ANA, ANAs are also present in healthy individuals (5-10%) and people with other connective tissue diseases, such as scleroderma and rheumatoid arthritis. Moreover, about 20% of healthy women will have a weakly positive ANA, and the majority of these people will never develop any signs of lupus. One source cites that some ten million Americans have a positive ANA, but fewer than 1 million of them have lupus. Therefore, a positive ANA test alone is never enough to diagnosis systemic lupus."

Johns Hopkins Lupus Center

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   Posted 12/27/2017 11:18 PM (GMT -6)   
The symptoms I have are pain in my hand and elbow joints. Extreme fatigue. Weight gain. I am also hypothyroid but have that monitored normally. I don’t convert T4 to T3 so I have to take 2 thyroid medications.
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