... Leslie, if DS DNA range is < 1:10, then 1:40 would seem to be fairly elevated. But since your lab uses a different range than mine, I think asking a rheum who knows how to interpret "Crithida titer" results is your best bet. Btw, I believe anti-ds-DNA can elevate in people who *don't* have lupus, because of infection, etc.---so I'd ask about that, too.
ALT relates to liver;... (11 replies)
... VeeJ, thank you so much for replying. Let me see if I can answer any of your questions. Yes, I got copies of everything. You would be amazed at how much I have. Literally, it is 8-10" thick, or more! I was gonna give you the ranges, but... ugh... I JUST realized that my OB/Gyn still has everything. She is a new OB/Gyn. I told her everything I've been experiencing & to my... (11 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. ... (11 replies)
... Twelve years ago, I was tested for Lupus after symptoms of joint pain. My ANA test came back positive and no diagnosis was made because of no other symptoms. ... (1 replies)
... General blood tests do not test for lupus. One must be thinking of it to order specific tests.There are clues however that can show up on general tests, such as low WBC and anemia. I would review the symptoms of lupus, make a list of all you have had, and take it to the Dr's. app't. ... (2 replies)
... said it was like a picture straight out of a text book. I have photo sensitivity and two joints that were swollen and sore. All of that combined with my positive ANA gave her enough to give me the diagnosis. But the main thing that helped was the fact that she believed me. I would recommend this rheumatologist to anyone! ... (21 replies)
... Hi. Definitely a combo of things help me. Plaquenil, daily Advil, and sun avoidance, for starters. Also, because my Vitamin D level tanked, I take supplements. (But my doctors check my level regularly because Vit D MUST be taken judiciously: it can be toxic if you over-do.)
My diet is mostly rational. Truth be told, that's fairly easy b/c certain foods (fried, rich, red... (4 replies)
... microsomal AB is the one that's wildly off the charts. You said your endo prescribed a low dose of Levothyroxine. Does she think you've turned HYPOthyroid? ... (22 replies)
... An ANA checked more than once? ... (4 replies)
... this has been at least 8 years and I am in a bad place right now... What tests should I have done or ask for... I am always low on Potassium I take 80 meq a day, magnesium, Ferritin, B12, ....Can someone please help meeee...... ... (4 replies)
... Hi. Why not get a copy from your GP of the labs that showed high DNA? Then start a personal file, and maintain it at least while going thru the evaluation process. Then you'd know which kind* of DNA, the value + hopefully the reference range to make sense of the value. (* BTW, anti-double-stranded-DNA is redolent of systemic lupus, whereas anti-single-stranded-DNA suggests... (6 replies)
... Hi. Even though we as patents can read the 11 criteria, and more or less understand them, we don't know how doctors apply them! For example:
ANA. This may be positive in a large number of conditions, AND from viral or bacterial infection. Is there some level that's considered significant and suggestive of an autoimmune, as opposed to a mere bacterial or viral infection?
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... plus certain lupus meds suppress the immune system, which would be awful if a patient doesn't really have the disease. Also, both ANA and DNA results may have to be "substantiaally" positive instead of just "low positive" in order to be counted as fulfilling their respective criteria. ... (6 replies)
... erparathyroidism. This is quite common and is likely the cause of your hypercalcuria and stones. With your heavy proteinuria for so long, creatinine creeping up, low EGFR, I think a kidney biopsy is mandatory. ... (14 replies)
... sease and have negative blood tests. I would want to SEE my actual results, as Drs. often tell patients their results are "normal" when they are not, but maybe a low level positive. Sometimes the symptoms precede the tests turning positive. It took my ANA 10 years to turn positive after I had full blown symptoms of lupus. ... (8 replies)
... Cari, I'm really sorry you're struggling with so much & glad you're seeing a rheum this week. Is this your first rheum? I'd expect him to run all new tests; they often do, using labs that they know are skilled at the AI tests.
Have you seen the sticky posts (permanent info posts) located above the user threads? They contain basic info on lupus: diagnostic criteria, common... (14 replies)
... Hello all...
Originally I came to the message boards because my doctors, optho,Family doc, lung specialist all thought they were dealing with sarcoidosis... however, when some lymph glands started showing as "reactive" in ct scans, ( not pathological), but reactive, they sent me to another lung specialist to go further into the sarcoid issues, but she went in a different... (14 replies)
... Yet my full blood count is always pretty much normal and my ANA titer is low. ... (6 replies)
... Welcome, and I am glad your PCP and opth. have taken a stand on what they think is wrong. You do have several symptoms suggestive of lupus. Was the ANA test done once or twice? ... (21 replies)
... I've been I'll for a few years. Flares of severe pains, weakness, tiredness and confusion and low grade fevers. No one could tell me why and was eventually told I was imagining it. I put up with the flares as best I could. ... (6 replies)