... grumpymoose, must say I love your nickname, it's the best ever. Anyhow, welcome. Before I answer, have you seen the "sticky posts"? On the main lupus page, they're the permanent info posts located above the user threads; they have a little lock symbol to the left of their titles.
I was dx'ed with lupus with a negative ANA, which is very uncommon, less than 5% of all... (1 replies)
... You're welcome! To be honest, I don't recognize all those tests. I'm wondering whether any include "ANA subtypes", meaning tests for specific autoantibodies that doctors run if the (very general) ANA test is positive & your symptoms are possible in lupus. Some of those so-called "subtypes" are anti-ds-DNA, anti-Sm, anti-RNP, anti-Ro, anti-La, antiphospholipid, lupus... (5 replies)
... Thank you! The C3 and C4 were found by an immunologist as the rheumatologist originally referred me to her. Upon those results I was referred right back to her. According to the blood work so far done by immunology, I appear to be an otherwise healthy person with exception of the C3/C4 levels of course. The panel of tests now being done are:
Calcium,... (5 replies)
... confirmed lupus nephritis, and patients whose ANA has turned negative due to meds. ... (5 replies)
... The problem with ANA is that it's not specific to any one condition. ... (9 replies)
... l. I don't recall the actual values but she said when both are lower it is an indication of Lupus. That said, she's now running a ton of further tests including ANA etc. We are looking in Ankloysing Spondylitis potentially as well but she's leaning towards Lupus. ... (5 replies)
... I had a low grade fever the next day and felt so horrible and in pain just in one area of neck. ... (9 replies)
... and if only slightly elevated, I don't think doctors would count ANA as a criteria fulfilled. ... (2 replies)
... style, on which I fell over immediately because my ANA was negative. ... (7 replies)
... Last check up in June, he just put ANA positive unknown cause. I am anemic because my iron was very low. No kidney involvement that I aware of. Pain is well controlled. ... (3 replies)
... Hi! Thank you so much for your answer!!
Yes, your case indeed sound a lot like mine. :O
I live in Brazil and I havent find any dermatopathologist here in my city >.<
and nothing called lupus band test, but i think i find a laboratory that does what they call "direct immunofluoressence" and in the description they say it can diagnosis lupus. Do you think is the same thing?
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... My ANA was never positive. ... (14 replies)
... In July I mentioned to my primary care dr that my joints always get achy. He sent me for tests related to RA. My rheumatoid factor was high, my ANA came back high, and the test cascaded into a couple other positive autoantibodies. ... (11 replies)
... Sadly, my hopes are low for the appointment tomorrow. Following the rheum appointment, I have an appointment with my endo to discuss what's going on. Currently, my TSH is 0. ... (11 replies)
... She recommended I see and Rheumatologist since I had not been following with one. I recently had my initial visit and went over all my test results including my ANA and that my IgG and IgA are both 300 points below the lowest level, low platelets. ... (2 replies)
... A history. I am in my fifties and diagnosed with low thyroid in my twenties then on treatment years later. Mum had thyroiditis as a teen, grandmother RA and now my niece with DLE. ... (8 replies)
... scarring lesions on back and upper arms, that I finally correlated to sun exposure. Because ANA stayed negative, local doctors didn't consider lupus, but large metro teaching hospital rheum did immediately. ... (7 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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... WBC can depress due to inflammation. Vit D goes low in various of the AI's. ... (3 replies)
... omogeneous pattern is indicative of Lupus, however I've read the positive CCP is strongly sensitive towards RA. But my RA Factor was negative. Not sure about the low vitamin D. ... (3 replies)