Anti-Nuceluer Antibodies-ANA Any one Know what this is?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by roxesma, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. roxesma

    roxesma New Member

    I recently went to an Allergist to find out why I had hives for 3 long weeks. She ran a ton of tests. I had a sinus infection,had all the allergy testing shots,and was diagnosed with COPD and Asthma.

    Two weeks later I had 17 vials of blood drawn,a CT Scan and a chest x-ray. Still had the sinus infection and found out I was allergic to several things. One of the blood tests showed I had an ANA of 73. Am now scheduled to see a Rhuematologist.The allergist asked if anyone in my family had Lupus or Rhuematoid Arthritus.

    Am wondering if the high Ana could be due to my Fibromyalgia. Am pretty scared at this point that i may be sicker than I thought. And I am sick enough!! Hope someone may have some answers for me. Thanks, tinaeve
  2. ladybugmandy

    ladybugmandy Member

    chronic long term infections can trigger autoimmune disease. if you want my advice, try to see a real CFS/FM specialist who will check for chronic infections.

  3. Nanie46

    Nanie46 Moderator

    ANA is an inflammatory marker and can have many causes.

    I had a FMS diagnosis for 21 years. Then I figured out on my own that the cause of my FMS was a chronic borrelia burgdorferi infection. (lyme)

    My ANA is elevated...not real high though. My LLMD said he sees this alot with chronic lyme patients and that it normalizes with treatment.

    If I were you, I'd get a western blot IgG and IgM from Igenex lab in CA...test #188 and

    You can find more info on the lyme board in my past posts. I'm going away for a few days.

    Good luck!
  4. daylight

    daylight New Member

    "One of the blood tests showed I had an ANA of 73"

    Your ana number doesn't make since to me. Mine was 1:160 Homogeneous.
    ANA is a generalized test to that a positive may should that you have an autoimmune disease
    but doesn't tell exactly which one it is for sure . It does the number and the (pattern like "Homogeneous") may give a clue as to what disease(s) you may have . Then all the other test
    (like the other 16 vials of blood they took ) will show them more.
    My ANA test lead them to MCTD (mix connective tissue disease) which they are still trying to find out how many on me. I was dx with RA,raynaud's (which is also AI disease),mild lupus so far. And copd .
    With FM you may have a mildly high ANA but the other tests would be negative. So your may think that you had a false positive ana result. With AI diseases unfortunately Antibody tests can lie. In other words they fluctuate from up to down . Test for inflammation like crp,esr ,c3 and c4
    blood tests the numbers go up an down. For RA they are looking for a high inflammation (high esr, crp,c3 and c4) also a possible high RF but they is not also was so like in (sero negative RA). Lupus typically has a low c3 and c4 but not always ,red and white bloods count only might be low. Lyme's disease would have a high ana.
    Also Polymyositis mimics FM . With PM you would have a high ANA and CK levels .
    AI disease are complicated to figure out. It's taken several years for me to get this far and I feel that its going to take longer still.
    Also before I forget to say my first diagnoses was FM years ago . So try not to get discouraged. It looks like your doctors are on the right track . Sound to me like your in a bad flare. ((((((HUGS))))))
    If you go to it will be able to tell you all about these tests .

    Also a lot of us have fm as a secondary problem to a AI disease. I wish that I had a more positive reply to your question . I'm sorry .

  5. butterflydream

    butterflydream New Member

    Wow, you did great explaining the ANA.
    i have positive ANA speckled pattern.

    After reading your posting here, i'll definately check out the labsonline .
    That will be so helpful for me and probably alot of others here.

    Thanks so much for all the info.

    Wish you Well
  6. daylight

    daylight New Member

    glad to be of help =)