... 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... (11 replies)
... So the sed rate, elevated above 20, reflects inflammation in your system.. The ANA titer of 1:80 is considered low positive but can be positive in several conditions, lupus and others. It is very helpful that the other antibodies will be tested, as they are more specific to point to a given diagnosis. Your rheumatoid arthritis test is negative, so you will have more... (1 replies)
... It seems that the lad has emailed me my blood work results before I have seen the dr. Can someone please help me understand it? From what I have read it seems to refer to Lupus. I was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis in 2009 and have been on Humira and Methotrexate. I stopped taking them in Feb 2016 because I lost my insurance due to a job loss. I moved to another state and... (1 replies)
... d have access to my blood test results online. Most of the time, test results are marked positive or negative and color coded green for normal and red for out of range results. ... (10 replies)
... But even if not, of course that still leaves an ANA that I believe is viewed as substantially elevated... ... (10 replies)
... dsdna. ...but is the fact that dsdna is present at all significant given my high ANA titer? ... (10 replies)
... It differs from SLE in several key regards. While ANA is positive in both, in DILE the specific AB's most associated with SLE aren't present. ... (10 replies)
... My sed rate was in range at a 12. ... (20 replies)
... Amanda, ANA isn't the sum of specific AB's. It's a threshold test and a general one. ... (1 replies)
... Hi & welcome. Is "PFO" a hole between the upper chambers of your heart (not sure I know this term)?
Do you have a name for your chronic kidney problem, and what lab results you've seen because of it (just curious)?
I have lupus. I've had low Vitamin D, which probably started before my dx, then fell precipitously after I began avoiding sun. I take a daily supplement and... (1 replies)
... 2 years ago the rheumy checked the TSH and the TPO ( they were ok ) but the neurologist this time checked the TSH only ( the order said: TSH with reflex to free T4 if abnormal ) but the TSH was ok.
What is a HLA - B27 ? ( reference range : negative ) and my was negativ, 2 years ago. Also back then Immunoglobulin G serum was a little high , 1671 ( 700-1600 ), but the rheumy... (28 replies)
... That's good to know. I am not familiar with all the different testing methods available, so I'll keep that in mind. I was blown away when I saw >400 results on a friend when mine runs in the 20-30 range! Thanks for the additional info. (28 replies)
... Many people with lupus have low B12 counts. Your lab uses an unusually low cut off for low end of range, as it is normally 400-1000. There are lots of reasons why B12 can be low, but it usually has to do with absorption (lack of), seen in pernicious anemia, celiac disease and other malabsorption states. If you take B12 orally and your count doesn't come up, it indicates you... (28 replies)
... What about the vit b12 level ? 2 years ago( actually 2 and a half ) was 259 and now it's 244 ( out of 211-911 range ). The rheumy didn't even mention it as low, now the neurologist say it's kind a low. So is it a "good" sign that actually it didn't go really lower since then ? ( I know that people have problems even with higher numbers ) So how can I know the b12 is a problem ? (28 replies)
... I have no recent titer on ANA, my labs just flag ana positive if any of the other antibodies are positive. ... (28 replies)
... logist for the dizziness, I didn't even think it could be lupus releated, because two years ago I didn't get diagnosed with it, but I told the dr. to recheck the ANA , so she did that with the b12 and vit. d. ... (28 replies)
... DNA, labs vary, so you'd need the range your lab uses. ... (28 replies)
... I understand your disgust. So I hate saying this, but rheum's approach seems by-the-book and "correct" to me, especially since your last RF was still in the negative range... and I can't even guess about your previous ANA & anti-DNA (you didn't state those). For lupus, rheums do need to see a certain number of findings, per the established ACR criteria. (You may find those in... (7 replies)
... Based on that, I still suspect that it's possible that a reading of 13 could be a tiny bit elevated yet nowhere near the range that worries most rheums. For example, the author of one book only really worries at a certain level. ... (4 replies)