Hi ka and welcome. I'm not sure how much you have read about
the ANA test but a positive ANA can be present in multiple autoimmune diseases, or some healthy people can even have a positive ANA. However, if you have a positive ANA and are having symptoms, a doc needs to look into it further and run additional test more specific for lupus and several other autoimmune diseases. In my opinion, the next move would be to get a referral to a good rheumatologist who is very familiar with autoimmune diseases.
Trying to take in everything at first can be overwhelming. We have some great resources here for you to look at on the forum and some clickable resources in my signature. We have some great tips for new members in the resources portion of the forum. Something that has helped a lot of people is to keep a log of your symptoms, even things that might seem small to you or not related can help doctors put all the pieces of the puzzle together and keeping the log will help you not forget to tell the doc something.
I'm really glad you found this forum. We have great people here who are very supportive and we'll try to help in anyway we can. I hope your doc runs some more specific tests or gives you a referral to a specialist. Please feel free to ask any questions you have.
Take care and keep us updated on how you are doing and what you find out.
Diagnosis: UCTD (lupus) 2006; Raynauds 2006; Sjogren's 2006; lupus symptoms began 2003; CFS 1991; Mono 1985
Meds: Plaquenil 400mg; Prednisone 5-10mg; Tramadol 100mg 3-4x daily; Amitriptyline 25mg; Neurontin 200mg; Prevacid; Steriod Cream and Mouth Rinse for tongue and mouth ulcers; Hydrocodone 5/500 prn for severe pain; Restasis eye drops
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