... 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)
... Sockie, I've never read that a rheum MUST find *specific* AB's (AB's = autoantibodies) to pin down a dx more refined than the generic "CTD", but one sure senses they look for them! (The ACR criteria for each of these conditions are likely to contain one or more specific AB's, but with most of those criteria lists, a patient only must fulfill "some" criteria.) Another thing... (10 replies)
... I went for my second visit with the rheumatologist today. Just to recap, my first visit was a month ago. I'm 61 years old. I had an ANA of 1:640, with negative ENA and ds-DNA tests. Inflammation markers were high. Strong family history of many AI diseases. I had been suffering with extreme fatigue, daily flu-like symptoms, extreme brain fog, bad pain in most of the joints... (10 replies)
... My rheumatologist diagnosed me with lupus about ten days ago. ANA was 1:640, mixed pattern with speckled and homogeneous. ENA and ds-DNA all negative. Rheumatologist gave me injection of prednisone and I started to feel so much better within two days. Also started me on plaquenil.
My question is, for months now I've been experiencing heart flutterings that are... (3 replies)
... Thank you all for your input and for sharing about yourselves. It certainly feels better to know I am not alone, not that I would wish this on anyone! Also, thanks for all the great info on labs and vitamins/etc. I have been doing my best to keep track of my labs. They checked my thyroid like 3 different times because the second time it was abnormal (high) and then it was back... (7 replies)
... Hi everyone. I apologize ahead of time, but this will be a long post. I am beyond frustrated and like everyone else, tired of being "sick." I suppose I just need to see if anyone else has the same symptoms I do and see if this really could be lupus, so any thoughts/opinions would be great. For me it started last august with lots of shortness of breath when doing activities and... (7 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)
... 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)
... Hi. Do you have copies of your recent labs, to see *which* autoantibody tests were run? I hate it when doctors rattle off what you don't have without explaining which tests support their statements.
I imagine (but am only speculating) that the doctor was looking for Rheumatoid Arthritis and antiphospholipid syndrome (due to the lupus anticoagulant test). That said, I... (7 replies)