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I HAVE HAD BLOOD TEST MANY TIMES ALL WAS NORMAL ,THIS TIME CAME BACK ana POSITIVE.THE DOC SAID SHOULD RETEST .BUT THIS MONTH THE FATIGE AND JOINT PAIN ARE TERRIABLE.I NOW HAVE A SCALE RASH ON MY EAR ITCHY AND BURNING NOT GOING AWAY.
Hello, Maria. I met a woman with the same kind of lupus I have---the SCLE variant---and she had multiple episodes of scaly, itchy, weepy outer ear infections. I think her drs. sent her for outpatient antibiotic drips, as her problem was really hard to clear up. She was on steroids at the time, but I think she got off them & remained on Plaquenil. (I've never had this problem.)

ANA is only a threshold test, so it doesn't diagnose lupus. It can be positive in multiple diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and several more). But sometimes it's positive only due to a passing virus or family tendency.

Have your drs. run *specialized tests* in addition to ANA? Examples are anti-ds-DNA; anti-Sm; anti-Ro; anti-La; anti-RNP; complements C3, C4 & CH50; rheumatoid factor; anticardiolipin; lupus anticoagulant; etc. Did you ask for a copy of your bloodwork? If you your dr. hasn't done these more specific tests, I hope you can get him to do them, or refer you to a rheumtologist.

But ANA & the specialized blood tests above are only *part* of the diagnosis. There's a "sticky post" (permanent info post) at the top of the thread list that contains criteria for diagnosing & classifying lupus. You'll see some are symptoms while others are test results. This list describes SLE (systemic lupus), but there are other lesser types, too, the main ones being SCLE (subacute cutaneous), DLE (discoid), and DILE (drug-induced).

I hope something here helps move your thinking along & that you post more soon. Sending you my very best wishes, Vee





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