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Hi,

I really don't have enough information to answer your question, however I have been told that some Lyme patients (who actually do have Lyme) have a positive ANA. I'm not sure why. I know it is used to screen for Lupus, but that you can have a positive ANA and not have Lupus.
HI Trust1,
Just thought I would write a note and let you know that I too had high ANA, and was on the road to being misdiagnosed with Lupus. I tested positive with Lyme at my LLMD office. I get the two IGG and IGM mixed up, but did test positive on the longer infection, even to CDC standards. I have been on meds for over a year now, but I am almost back to normal. I have some bad days still, but last year at this time I was unable to work, go grocery shopping, or even do small chores around the house. I am working full time again, taking care of my children, and doing almost anything I want to now. So my take, now I am not a Doctor, is the ANA is high because your body is attacking its own cells. It is attacking them because the Lyme bacteria is in them. Your body wants to kill them, but they are hiding in your healthy cells. Just my take on the high ANA. Just glad I didn't let the Rheumetologist diagnose me with Lupus.

Take Care, Free2BeFussy
[QUOTE=Free2BeFussy]HI Trust1,
Just thought I would write a note and let you know that I too had high ANA, and was on the road to being misdiagnosed with Lupus. I tested positive with Lyme at my LLMD office. I get the two IGG and IGM mixed up, but did test positive on the longer infection, even to CDC standards. I have been on meds for over a year now, but I am almost back to normal. I have some bad days still, but last year at this time I was unable to work, go grocery shopping, or even do small chores around the house. I am working full time again, taking care of my children, and doing almost anything I want to now. So my take, now I am not a Doctor, is the ANA is high because your body is attacking its own cells. It is attacking them because the Lyme bacteria is in them. Your body wants to kill them, but they are hiding in your healthy cells. Just my take on the high ANA. Just glad I didn't let the Rheumetologist diagnose me with Lupus.

Take Care, Free2BeFussy[/QUOTE]

thanks for the input, I've read other articles where lyme can cause a positive ANA, and that after the lyme cleared up the ANA test returned to normal. Interesting!
[QUOTE=Free2BeFussy]HI Trust1,
Just thought I would write a note and let you know that I too had high ANA, and was on the road to being misdiagnosed with Lupus. I tested positive with Lyme at my LLMD office. I get the two IGG and IGM mixed up, but did test positive on the longer infection, even to CDC standards. I have been on meds for over a year now, but I am almost back to normal. I have some bad days still, but last year at this time I was unable to work, go grocery shopping, or even do small chores around the house. I am working full time again, taking care of my children, and doing almost anything I want to now. So my take, now I am not a Doctor, is the ANA is high because your body is attacking its own cells. It is attacking them because the Lyme bacteria is in them. Your body wants to kill them, but they are hiding in your healthy cells. Just my take on the high ANA. Just glad I didn't let the Rheumetologist diagnose me with Lupus.

Take Care, Free2BeFussy[/QUOTE]


Hey free2befussy,
I am so excited. Another positive story. I feel like I am part of a "graduating" class and I must only be a sophmore or junior by now but good things are yet to come. Keep on letting us know how you are doing. We so need to hear good things every once in a while. I plan to try to help future lymies by connecting here even if I am cured. You just can't turn your back on them when we are all they will have for inspiration.
betterdaysforme





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