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Old 05-08-2012, 11:14 AM   #4
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Re: Worried and need your help in diagnosis

The speckled pattern is seen in many conditions and in people who do not have any autoimmune disease. I was also wondering if you take any medications as they can raise ANA levels as can being a relative of someone with an AI disease. I am not sure but if you have type I diabetes, that may raise your ANA as can thyroiditis. I am just a patient, but I really don't think it sounds like RA, because of the fact that after 4 yrs it is still only on one side. I would write down your questions and narrow them down to maybe the top 3 or 4 for y our next visit. I would also want a game plan of what to do next.