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So confused =(
Oct 10, 2014
... 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)
Lupus
Oct 8, 2014
... while a high ANA is significant because an extremely low amount of the healthy population has a very high ANA, it does not correlate to disease activity. ... (4 replies)
... shows list of most likely diseases based upon blood results only. I dont know if alise is ONLY based on blood, or symptoms too. In your case, with a low dsdna and blood results only yes, SLE is "unlikely" by a computer... in clinical context, totally different matter. ... (1 replies)

... Urinalysis shows repeated mixed bacterial cultures, leucocytes and low levels of protein and often invisible blood, but all kidney function tests are normal. ... (3 replies)
... Hi, Sally, and welcome! From what I've read, the DRVTT is only one of multiple test results that can suggest the need for your doctor to evaluate a patient for APS, by using a separate set of APS criteria. First, that list of suggestive tests includes: aCL antibodies (IgG, IgM) Anti-beta-2 glycoprotein I antibodies (IgG, IgM) Activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT)... (8 replies)
Ana
Aug 3, 2014
... 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)
... And is that a low positive or high positive? ... (1 replies)
... Would a low does of Prednisone be helpful? ... (35 replies)
... IS ANA high enough to be counted? ... (35 replies)
... Vee, thank you for answering my questions in detail, and also thank you Alicat for adding your helpful information about anti-ds-dna tests and complements. 1. I agree that only a rheumy can give a lupus diagnosis but I thought with a strong positive anti-ANA and anti-ds-DNA (plus multiple joint pain along with mild anemia) then diagnosis of lupus is kind of certain. In... (35 replies)
... RNP, but lower levels can be seen in lupus. Low levels of ANA can occur in MCTD, where they may be higher in pure lupus. Some people with MCTD get RA as well. So it is often hard to distinguish, especially early on. ... (3 replies)
Good Complements?
Aug 31, 2014
... Before starting with my questions and concerns about my daughterís condition, I would like to thank all the wonderful people on this board who helped me learn by posting their questions and concerns about lupus. My deep appreciation goes to VeeJ and Ladybud who have been tirelessly helping everybody for so long with their wealth of information and with such kindness. One... (35 replies)
... It can be positive in autoimmune hashimotos: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1765977 If there was a connective tissue disease present as well, most people are going to have something more to prove so. Your WBC or RBC could be low. Platelets might be messed up. Inflammatory markers (ESR, CPK) may be elevated. There are a bunch of different blood tests that can be done... (2 replies)
... joint aches and hair loss. I had a physical where my thyroid antibodies were very high, my t4 was low., and my ana was 1.5. I went to a rheumotologist to rule out any other possible issues. The rheumotologist told me I had hashimotos. .. ... (2 replies)
... at a very low level. That is certainly longer than usual, but it is not unusual for people early on especially to lack the classic lab evidence. ... (12 replies)
... tests even though ANA was negative. When ANA is done using the "reflex" testing approach, if it's negative, all the various AB tests aren't necessarily run. ... (18 replies)
... is a pretty low ANA. ... (2 replies)
... I know that is a disease that comes back with a positive ANA and ASM. BUT my liver enzymes are normal now. ... (0 replies)
... I too have a somewhat low ANA, but I am in excruciating amounts of pain and am very very inflamed... ... (7 replies)
... so although it's positive, it's so low they don't think it means much. ... (7 replies)


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