... Just wanted to post an update.
She was more attentive than I thought she would be, but she basically ignored my photosensitive malar rash, said that ANA tests give false positives all the time (I had 1:1280 in 2010 and 1:640 a few weeks ago), and that she would need additional blood work data to see what's going on.
Looking at the tests she ordered, she did not order... (11 replies)
... New tests for ANA "subtypes". ... (11 replies)
... My question is, would my very high ANA levels be attributed to the Hashimoto's, or could it indeed be lupus? ... (11 replies)
... Hi! In limbo land with a possible autoimmune disorder. I've received test results but haven't spoken to my rheum about them.
I was just in the hospital for 3 days due to having difficulty walking and weakness in my legs. Let me give you the rundown of my symptoms.
- Extreme pain in upper back and neck.
- Joint pain and popping/cracking.
- Swollen fingers on and off.
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... because ANA isn't specific to any single condition, it alone can't ever diagnose anything. But all that said, do you know how high yours is? ... (4 replies)
... Hi & welcome! I'm sorry for your problems but I'm glad you found us. I'll start with ANA: it's not diagnostic of anything and can be positive in a wide variety of conditions. Also, level matters from what one reads: a low level of, say, 1:80, isn't going to raise eyebrows (a level that low can even be due to a passing bacterial or viral infection), but a high level like 1:640... (3 replies)
... Lisa, hello & welcome. I'm sorry you've been struggling with all this. (Also sorry for not writing sooner, I had a wicked bad month with my computer.) Best place to start is one of the "sticky posts"; those are the permanent info posts located about the user threads. Look at the one with diagnostic criteria. Generally, but NOT always, a patient must meet 4 or more to sustain a... (14 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)