blessedmom, hi. Obviousy I'm only a patient, so please read this in that light, OK? ANA isn't specific to lupus. I don't think a certain pattern necessarily rules anything in, or anything out, because patterns may not correlate perfectly to the possibilities. Therefore in your shoes I'd ask the rheumatologist to comment on the *more specific* findings you have so far:
1. c-reactive protein (maybe RA? maybe other conditions, too?)
2. AST (something to do with liver?)
3. SSB. When SSB (a/k/a anti-La) is positive but SSA (anti-Ro) isn't, I have no idea what that may suggest (sorry). For sure, *SSA* is seen in Sjogren's syndrome, lupus, and maybe other things too... but I don't know about SSB.
Is this the first rheumatology appointment you've had? I hope it goes well & takes you a huge first step toward answers and help. Post updates when you can, OK? Good luck & best wishes, from Vee
Thanks for the response. I have only been to one rhematology appointment and this was the results from the blood tests that were done. I had a follow up appointment for Aug. 5th, but was moved up to next Tuesday instead. When they called to tell me that I definitely have a connective tissue disease like Lupus, I asked for my test results to be mailed to me so I would go back prepared to ask questions based on those. I don't know how prepared I am but I have made the decision to base how I feel on how I feel on any given day not on how the internet says I should feel! It seems obvious that everyone's symptoms are different even if they have been diagnosed with the same thing. Overall I am pretty sure that I feel better than most people probably do and I count that as a blessing from God. If there's any specific questions that you think I should ask next week, I would appreciate the suggestion. May God Bess You for being a support to someone else in need. Blessed Mom