ANA TESTING..... HAS EVERYONE HAD ONE?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by HOUSEOFBLUES, Sep 27, 2002.

  1. HOUSEOFBLUES

    HOUSEOFBLUES New Member

    I'm curious (again)...as to how many of us have a Positive
    ANA test result.
    When I first told my primary doc about my symptoms, he sent
    me for an ANA test and then told me it came back positive for Rheumatoid Arthritis.
    He then sent me to a Rheumatologist who checked me out
    and decided that because I have no swelling, and I have all
    the tender "pressure points", that this is Fibro instead.
    Do you have to have swollen joints for it to be R/A?
    And to everyone here who has been diagnosed with Fibro;
    have you all had an ANA test done that came back positive?
    Are any of you being diagnosed as such WITHOUT this ANA
    test?
    And also, how many of you were originally diagnosed with
    Fibro, only to find out later that it is R/A or something else?
    thanks,
    HOB
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  2. HOUSEOFBLUES

    HOUSEOFBLUES New Member

    I'm curious (again)...as to how many of us have a Positive
    ANA test result.
    When I first told my primary doc about my symptoms, he sent
    me for an ANA test and then told me it came back positive for Rheumatoid Arthritis.
    He then sent me to a Rheumatologist who checked me out
    and decided that because I have no swelling, and I have all
    the tender "pressure points", that this is Fibro instead.
    Do you have to have swollen joints for it to be R/A?
    And to everyone here who has been diagnosed with Fibro;
    have you all had an ANA test done that came back positive?
    Are any of you being diagnosed as such WITHOUT this ANA
    test?
    And also, how many of you were originally diagnosed with
    Fibro, only to find out later that it is R/A or something else?
    thanks,
    HOB
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  3. xo4damama

    xo4damama Member

    I do have a positive ANA with speckled pattern.

    Did you dr tell you what your levels and pattern were? Do you know why he felt it was RA instead of some other CTD? A positive ANA alone does not really mean too much. You need it to be positive with a certain pattern. Plus you need to have positive results in other more specific antibody tests before most drs will dx you with anything. If you do have a positive test though, you need to keep on it. It is probably positive for some reason. Just because you do not have CTD now, does not mean you will not have it a year from now.

    Make sure you keep a copy of all of your blood tests. You will probably rheumy jump for a while, and you will want to see how your blood tests compare.

    Good luck!
  4. JP

    JP New Member

    Dear HOB,

    My last ANA was positive, 1:320, normal on my test would be 1:40. My family doctor tested me after I had talked about having low-grade fevers for a number of years. She also tested my thyroid antibodies and discovered that I have an autoimmune thyroid disease. I have my ANA tested every 3 months now. My specialist does not know why my ANA is positive at this point. It's not really very high and it is strongly positive, indicating something is happening with my immune function.

    He did diagnose me with FMS on the first visit this July; however, he was the first doc that I ever went to for this widespread pain condition and fevers. As I understand it, many of us diagnosed with FM also have other autoimmune disorders, like thyroid, lupus, MS or others. It is also my understanding that lab tests will be normal with FM.

    Take care,
    Jan
  5. cay24dive

    cay24dive New Member

    They have told me twice now each time I went to the doctor that I have a pos ANA level and they said that it is sometimes very normal for fibromyalgia patients to have a pos ANA level but make sure your docotr knows about it and there is nothing else to be tested for.
    Erin
  6. kadywill

    kadywill New Member

    1:80 with an homogeneous pattern, which is borderline indicative of SLE.
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  7. clprez

    clprez New Member

    The lab that is used here in Austin used to always used a ratio of 1:35 as normal. I have been measured as high as 1:3200, but last time it was about 1:1800.

    Now my tests are all done on a system that does 1<5 as normal, and mine have been showing up at 1<40. I don't know if this is just a little high, which can happen if you've measured high before, or if it's really high, which could eventually mean something.

    Thanks for any information,

    Carol
  8. ohmyaching

    ohmyaching New Member

    Ok guys, I want to learn more about ANA testing but the use of initials in these posts have me baffled. I'm not that familiar with all the different diagnoses. Could you please spell it out so I can follow what your saying.
    Thanks
  9. kadywill

    kadywill New Member

    Antinuclear Antibodies

    Negative.........<=1:40
    Borderline....... =1:80
    Positive.........>=1:160

    A positive ANA result may occur in healthy individuals or be associated with a variety of diseases.

    Pattern: Homogeneous (smooth) SLE
    Speckled: SLE,MCTD,Scleroderma, Sjogrens
    Nucleolar: Scleroderma, Polymyositis/Scleroderma overlap
    Centromere: PSS w/Crest syndrome variable
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  10. kadywill

    kadywill New Member

    CTD is connective tissue disease. RA is Rheumatoid Arthritis. SLE is Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Is this what you meant???
    Any others??
    Love,
    Kady
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  11. ohmyaching

    ohmyaching New Member

    Thanks Kady