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... 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)
... Would a low does of Prednisone be helpful? ... (25 replies)
... IS ANA high enough to be counted? ... (25 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... (25 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)
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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... (25 replies)
... It can be positive in autoimmune hashimotos: 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)
... 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)
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)
... s were still so low as to be deemed negative. i.e., is 13 a very low number, or not? ... (4 replies)
... allergist. He ruled out all the allergies and ordered an ANA suspecting Lupus. ... (4 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)
... 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... (18 replies)
... He never did the steroid challenge, mostly I've just been brushed off. The problem is my symptoms are just that, symptoms. Other than the ana, my other bloods are fine, or borderline. Thyroid has always been fine, and tested repeatedly as they think my symptoms sound like thyroid too. When I first got ill my liver enzymes were off and my inflammatory markers were slightly... (6 replies)
... 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)
... 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)

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