What about ANA test?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by GettSmartt, May 30, 2003.

  1. GettSmartt

    GettSmartt New Member

    Is a slightly positive ANA test associated with Fibromyalgia? I have that, dry eye, the fatigue, pain, insomnia problems. My massage therapist thinks I might have Fibro. Thanks.
  2. MemoryLane

    MemoryLane Member

    and it is really only a general indication for a Lupus/Autoimmune related complex. Those of us with CFIDS/FMS also have a tendency to have test results fluctuate from one time to the next; in other words come back negative one time and not another.

    It is not unusual to have a concurrent Autoimmune disease with FMS or CFIDS, many here on the board do, but it is not part of the diagnostic criteria for establishing FMS.


    Hope this helps,
    Lane
  3. Shirl

    Shirl New Member

    Hi, welcome to the board. Glad you have joined us. Can't help with your question, just stopped to welcome you.

    The board is moving so fast, that your post was on the back page. So I am replying so it will go back to the main page and hopefully you get more responses.


    Shalom, Shirl
  4. kimbali

    kimbali New Member

    Since you mentioned ana, dry eye and fatigue too, thought I'd throw out sjogren's syndrome as a possible alternative to consider. There are blood tests (not always positive, but pretty specific) for anti-ssa and anti-ssb that might show up, also an opthamologist can do a schirmer's test to see how dry your eyes are, and there are people who do lip biopsies to prove the dx too. For me the blood test was enough thankfully. I see a rheumatologist who is helping me sort it all out - so far, both fibro an sjogren's :) Hope you get answers and treatment soon,
    Kim
  5. Myth

    Myth New Member

    I don't think a high ANA test result is any indication of FMS. I have had a high-normal to exceptionally high ANA test since I was eight years old. I was tested for Lupus and RA but have neither. I show nothing except the FMS. The specialist I went to told me that 10% of the population have a naturally high count. It is definately a good idea to keep an eye on it, I was tested every six months since I was 8 to make sure it was nothing else. Remember that FMS does not make one immune to other conditions. I still think FMS develops into something auto-immune anyway so that may be why some of us have wacky readings on this test. You may very well have FMS.