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Luv2Travel, hi & welcome! Unfortunately, there is no single test for lupus. ANA is actually best viewed as only a "threshold" test that---if other symptoms & findings are present---spurs a doctor to order additional, more specific tests; take your complete lifetime medical history; look for anomalies on standard bloodwork; etc.

Trickily, ANA is positive in quite a number of diseases, e.g., lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome, polymyositis, scleroderma, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, Addisons, vitiligo, psoriasis, certain kinds of hepatitis, ETC. And it can be positive due things that aren't chronic diseases, like aging, a passing virus, or a family tendency.

BUT there is info right here that can help. Look for the "sticky posts" ( = permanent informational posts) at the top of the thread list. One contains the diagnostic criteria for systemic lupus (also common symptoms, I think). To support a Dx of systemic lupus, typically you need to meet 4 (or more) of the 11 listed at some time, meaning not necessarily all at once. (FYI, there are also lesser forms, sometimes called "subsets", for which you may meet fewer than 4.) As soon as you read the "stickies", post more, OK? You'll no doubt have new thoughts & questions coming to mind as you read. Bye for now, with best wishes, Vee





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