... Hi everyone,
Thought I would drop a quick update. Decided I wasn't going to wait to see the rheumatologist so I called my family doc. I had xrays done on my upper back and neck. As it turns out not all the pain is from fibromyalgia.
I also have osteoarthritis in my neck and upper back. It showed I also have bone spurs from C3-C6 in my neck. More bone spurs in... (7 replies)
... Hi. I'm just a patient, and these are just my guesses, so please read in that light, OK? Re anti-ds-DNA, you could find 11 diagnostic/classification criteria for lupus in the "sticky post" section located right above the thread list. These may be met serially, meaning not simultaneously: envision checking each off in indelible ink, once met.
You'll see that the anti-ds-DNA... (3 replies)
... nysue, I'm just a patient but I think your labs and symptoms could be suggestive of lupus, but only depending on your lab levels. To put your lab results into context, you really do need the reference ranges. Also, there are OTHER tests typically run when lupus is suspected, so you'd want to know what ELSE was run. Could you procure hardcopy of your labs?
To illustrate.... (28 replies)
... Also, some people have a somewhat elevated ANA due only to aging, to a family tendency, or to a passing bacterial or viral infection. ... (8 replies)
... rheumatoid factor so he says I definitely don't have lupus or ra. He is starting me on hydroxychloroquine but only because of my joint pain he says. He said the ana is likely hereditary... ... (3 replies)
... Other findings beyond ANA would be required to be diagnosed with any of the AI's. ... (4 replies)
... Hi!! Just wanted to comment on Lupus Bloodwork. I was dx with a postive ANA 1:640 and positive SSA....I saw 3 rheumy docs...the most impressive and the one who dx me with Lupus was a grad of Johns Hopkins...she told me this blood combination is definately LUPUS (SLE)...I also had extreme fatigue/ facial rash/photosensitivity/infertility/joint pain and livido... (19 replies)
... sed me, i was sent to a Rhuematologist that sent me for follow up blood tests, told me they were negative, and sent me on my way.... i am very concerned with the ANA results as my cousin was diagnosed with Scleroderma. ... (0 replies)
... I am confused by the smith test, now the ANA checks for smith antibodies, but I don't know what the smith test is. I even looked it up and cannot find it. ... (9 replies)
... I understand the ANA results but am wondering if the RNP at 5 is borderline for mixed connective tissue disorder? ... (9 replies)
... autoimmune diseases can take time to develop and affect your blood work. i was diagnosed with CFS & autoimmune dysfunction in the beginning (ana 1:320), fibromyalgia, mild lupus, back to fibromyalgia again, and now 13 yrs later, MCTD (ana 1:640 & RNP 7.3 at it's highest), well my doctor didn't say I had MCTD 100% positively but he said I very well could, and I pretty much know... (4 replies)
... My ANA has always been positive high for the past 10 years it's been tested (1:320/1:640).QUOTE]
Thanks for your reply. Do you have an autoimmune disease - or can you be healthy and still have high ANA?
Luckily my energy actually seems fine :) (4 replies)
... It is a very low positive result, if you've had any other ANA tests done, I would compare the results with such to see if a problem may exist, or have it repeated later on. ... (4 replies)
... A positive ANA test result may suggest an autoimmune disease, but further specific testing is required to assist in making a final diagnosis. ANA test results can be positive in people without any known autoimmune disease. ... (2 replies)
... How to convince my doctor I have Lupus with ANA of 1:640 speckled pattern? (2 replies)
... I didn't know Hashi's could attribute to the ANA situation. ... (8 replies)
... I have a quick question. I had labs that stated my ANA was 1:640 speckled and 1:320 homogenous in August. Now a different lab shows 1:80 homogenous in November. I do not have a Lupus diagnosis...the dr said my symptoms are not progressed enough at this time. Now that the second lab has been done the rhuemy is dismissing the results from the previous lab because they were... (8 replies)
... Hi and welcome! I'm sorry for your known problems and for your new ANA worry. ... (1 replies)
... My family dr told me she was sending me to a rheumatologist after doing an ANA and some yearly labs. My hair has been falling out a lot more than normal for the last year and I have had a lot of stiffness and aching in back and hips. ... (1 replies)
... but all my other antibody tests are normal. He doesn't think I have lupus, but he doesn't like to leave the ANA that high with my symptoms as they are and he is pretty sure that is some sort of autoimmune going on. So he decided to start me on hydroxychloroquine. ... (6 replies)