... You have not misunderstood. I think both GPs have totally misinterpreted how the test is done and therefore what high/low positive is. Sounds like they're thinking backwards in dilutions.
anything under 1:40 is negative... over 1:160 is considered significant. Your result is high. Rheumatologists always understand these tests a lot better (ie, some GPs refer out for... (52 replies)
... doubling each time. Each doubling represents a dilution of the blood, the actual end titer is the last visible stage of the ANA by the lab tech. ... (52 replies)
... Hi, welcome! I'm just a patient, but here's how I understand some of the *possible* meanings of these tests. But first, labs alone never diagnose lupus. Instead, 11 criteria are used, and you may find these with the "sticky posts" (permanent info posts) located above the user threads. You generally (but not always) must meet 4 or more of the 11 to sustain a diagnosis of SLE.... (1 replies)
... Just got a call from my doctor's office stating that my lab results showed ana 1-160, WBC 2.9, and vitamin D 19. Lets just say...... that I hate lupus!!! (1 replies)
... Obviously the elevated ANA means something right. ... (3 replies)
... and had an ANA come back negative. i was on Prednisone at the time for a bad headache that I had. ... (0 replies)
... write back before now! Anyhow, ANA is only a general test that can be positive in a wide variety of conditions, not just lupus. The ANA test involves doing successive dilutions, and inspecting the sample at each point to see if "fluoresced material" still shows up. ... (1 replies)
... This was a test to confirm Lupus but Normal titer was <1:80. With a titer of <1:160 be positive and what is Nucleolr (1 replies)
... Other findings beyond ANA would be required to be diagnosed with any of the AI's. ... (4 replies)
... Hi blessedbeauty,
I thought I would reply through this thread because I don't know how to message people, but I have crohns (for 8 yrs starting at 15) and am being tested for lupus now too.
I had a positive ana at 1:160 but they say that it could also be from remicade, I'm awaiting more specific results too. This past year I've also had joint pain in hands (unusual for... (1 replies)
... Could a cold virus make my ANA titer number shoot up that high? ... (2 replies)
... If there is anyone out there that can offer and info to me, I would be grateful. I have been feeling sick for about 4 years now; mostly fatigue, joint pain & stiffness, had a low grade fever in the evening for about 2 years (that has gotten better), been losing hair in clumps for about 2 years, some dizziness, now with new dr., I Waas found to have a positive Ana 1:160, and... (7 replies)
... Can all this really be from anxiety and stress. Would all the stress ect cause the positive ANA test. ... (3 replies)
... loveand light, hi & welcome! Having been thru many years of problems, I found out I didn't ask the right questions. But I'm only a patient, so please read what I write in that light, OK?
First off, have you seen the sticky posts = permanent info posts, at the top of the thread list? They have info on tests, comprehensive books you can borrow from your local library, etc.... (3 replies)
... Hi, I'm a newbie here and have some questions about Lupus which I'd be most grateful for any info. I've been reading a bit on various sites. I've had chronic fatigue for years but just put it down to being a busy single mum of three,with an active lifestyle, I use a chainsaw, chop wood, do heavy gardening work, car mechanics,diy etc. Since Christmas I felt more tired than... (4 replies)
... and my sister has it as well!! However, neither of us has any symptoms of lupus...and my sister has had her ANA levels fluctuate throughout the last 10 years. She is now 45 years old...and has still never had any symptoms of lupus. ... (17 replies)
... I have a ANA of 1:160, but the sed rate is normal (12). What does this mean? (0 replies)
... inflamitory, it sucks!!! I feel like I will never get better, my doctors say they think I have more that 1 auto immune thing going on and they are not for certain what is cuasing my problems. ... (3 replies)
... is considered positive, just how positive depends on the doctor interpreting it I suppose. I do know though that your ANA can change from day to day even, that's why people can have one reading at one draw and a different one at another. ... (5 replies)
I am DJ, 37 female, living in OK and I posted a message here 3 weeks ago and never got any responses back. Have a Rheumy appt in June. Recently had blood drawn 1 month ago and ANA was 1:160 Nucleolar. What would that tend to point to?
The last time I had ANA drawn was 8/00 when I had some weird symptoms starting and it was 1:40 Nucleolar. However, I was pointed down... (6 replies)