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Old 12-05-2010, 03:09 PM   #1
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Low-Positive ANA

Has anyone ended up receiving a definitive diagnosis with a low-positive ANA of only 1:80? What were your symptoms and what did you end up having?

I had a test 2 months ago, and again last week. Both came back the same, 1:80.

I've had a host of problems over the last 3 years, ranging from 'fibromyalgia' symptoms to anxiety & depression. Since my general bloodwork always comes back okay, the doctors have always chalked my symptoms up to anxiety and depression and I've been being treated by a psychiatrist. Symptoms still there!

 
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Re: Low-Positive ANA

I can't answer, but wanted you to know there was someone in the same boat.

I had my ANA come back as 1:640 in October. I had it re-tested at the end of November and it is at 1:120. I've had 2 doctors tell me not to worry about it. I go back for more testing in 6 weeks, but in the meantime, I do worry.

 
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Re: Low-Positive ANA

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Has anyone ended up receiving a definitive diagnosis with a low-positive ANA of only 1:80? What were your symptoms and what did you end up having?

I had a test 2 months ago, and again last week. Both came back the same, 1:80.

I've had a host of problems over the last 3 years, ranging from 'fibromyalgia' symptoms to anxiety & depression. Since my general bloodwork always comes back okay, the doctors have always chalked my symptoms up to anxiety and depression and I've been being treated by a psychiatrist. Symptoms still there!
Mine was done in October and it was 1:40 and they said it was negative. There were two tests done. One was the test with the titer and the other was a positive/negative test and it came back positive so I don't know what's happening yet. I had other results that needed to be looked into because my doctor wanted me checked for malignancies before he proceded and I saw the oncologist on Monday. I'm ok with that. I have another test to get thru and then I'll call to reschedule my appointment with the Rheumy and see what he can make of it all.

Good luck getting your diagnosis. It can take years to get. I've been trying to get one for about 10 years now...I have a high SED rate and wide spread aches and pains, arthritis and edema. It all lead to disability for me. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia but you don't get edema and a high SED rate with Fibro so the search goes on.

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Re: Low-Positive ANA

I'm in EXACTLY the same boat as you at the moment. If you haven't had an ENA panel done, you should!

Good luck.

 
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Have your doctor refer you to a gastrointestinal doctor. I have suffered for years with depression, endometriosis, interstitial cystitis, fibromyalgia! They referred me to the only specialist I haven't seen which was the GI dr. and they did a blood test and an endoscopy to confirm that I have celiac disease! Some of the problems your having with your mood and pain celiac could be the underlying cause. So ask to get a blood test for celiac if that comes back positive they will do an endoscopy! I hope this helps you! I also had a very low ANA on my blood test but you need to get another test done specifically for celiac

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Re: Low-Positive ANA

Joyful, I have Celiac Disease, I was diagnosed 4 year ago. These symptoms aren't related, my doctor said my ANA isn't related to Celiac Disease either.

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I'm sorry you don't know what your talking about...there are a lot of symptoms and illnesses related to celiac...but you definitely shouldn't tell me I'm wrong if you don't really know esp. since I've been in healthcare profession for over 3 years. Please do more research not all dr's know everything! I had a low ANA and I have celiac and I was told most my health problems are because I have celiac! Which means the underlying cause of my low ANA and other health problems is celiac! I don't care to hear your opinion thankyou

 
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Re: Low-Positive ANA

Wow chill out...

You don't know anything about me or what I've been through or my family. I have three doctors in my family, a urologist, a gastroenterologist and an anesthesiologist. My aunt is also a pharmacist. The urologist has Celiac Disease. They all said that my joint pain, my ANA and my other symptoms are NOT related to Celiac Disease. There are people out there who have a positive ANA and don't have Celiac Disease or any autoimmune disease.

I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease four years ago and have been on a strict gluten free diet since then. It's foolish to assume that this is because of Celiac Disease, if everyone who had Celiac Disease or any condition, put their new symptoms that are completely unrelated down to an existing condition, we would all be dead.. I've spoken to my relatives about this, while none of them are rheumatologists, none of them (and none of my GPs or the rheumatologist on call at the hospital) think this is because of the Celiac Disease.

Take a chill pill..

 
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I'm sorry I just didn't think my opinion would be attacked it seems as though everyone has their own opinion...I've had celiac my whole life but had never had a positive ana test before a few months ago...I think when the symptoms onset and got bad then it changed my body chemistry...I'm not saying you have to have a positive ana but there sure are a lot of people that have positive ana's and have celiac...and there actually is a correlation between RA and Celiac I was just reading about it...doesn't mean u have rheumatoid arthritis if you have celiac but it also doesnt mean u can't...or if someone has a million food allergies it doesn't mean they will have celiac too but it is more likely...I've been through quite a lot and I spend hours doing research a day and if it weren't for me doing that I may have never found out...but also some people have lupus and celiac or fibromyalgia and celiac...abdominal surgeries etc...look at my diagnoses I know what pain and severe muscle bone etc. pain is like I've suffered a long time...I just think it is okay to share my experience with others and they can look into it...the dr's did just about everything to find the root cause of my problems...it wouldn't be a bad idea for someone having symptoms of related conditions to check it out! I've been to some very great doctors and specialists...they can know every disease but relating it to symptoms is not always so cut and dry

 
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Oh ya and I'm a nurse that holds 2 jobs where I see patients symptoms and illnesses...a pharmacologist learns in theory about medicine which doesn't have much to do with celiac...and y would a anasthesiologist or a urologist learn about celiac? Do some research if you knew anything abt healthcare then you wouldn't think everything is black and white...there are many symptoms people can have for even the same illness...and i originally said something abt ana being related to an autoimmune disease not joint pain but whatever do research and spend your life devoted taking care of other people then say something

 
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Re: Low-Positive ANA

I didn't think you would be so uptight.

How do you know that you do not have something else going on? Many people have a positive ANA and have no other problems, some people with Celiac Disease have a negative ANA and others have a positive ANA, it doesn't mean that it's related to the CD.

Yes there is a connection between RA and CD. If you have one autoimmune disease, you're more likely to have another. But what I'm saying is that arthritis is NOT A SYMPTOM of CD. I have also done a lot of research about this, not just googling, but reading journal articles from rheumatology journals.

I understand doctors don't know everything and it's definitely not clear cut, but I do not and neither to any of the doctors I've seen, think that my swollen, hot, sore, red, stiff joints are related to Celiac Disese.

I don't think being a nurse for 3 years makes you an expert on autoimmune diseases. My aunt has been a pharmacist for 20 years, she may not be a doctor or an expert either, but she's had a lot more experience than a recent nurse graduate. My uncle who is a urologist HAS CELIAC DISEASE. He knows about it as a doctor and as a patient. He's been a doctor for over 30 years. My uncle who's an anesthesiologist has been a doctor for 25 years. They may not be SPECIALISTS in this area, but they ARE DOCTORS. They see patients daily with many different conditions. They had to go through general training as a doctor, not general nurse training.

I'm well aware nothing is black and white. I'm not saying that it is. I'm saying that I'm not putting these symptoms down to Celiac Disease when I've had 'well managed' Celiac Disease for the past 4 years, this has happened in the past 8 months.

I'm seeing a rheumatologist at the end of the month, I'm under the care of a good GP, I'm not concerned about your comments. All of my doctors take my symptoms seriously and don't put it down to Celiac Disease. Of course there are symptoms I'm having that are related to Celiac Disease, but these symptoms aren't related to it.

 
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Okay you just admitted your upset and saying that I said that swollen joints are associated with celiac...I never even said that at all that is actually a statement you said and started commenting on...lol so you are arguing with me over nothing cuz u just agreed with everything else i said but ur 2 ignorant to see that...please don't talk to me unless theres a good reason to

 
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[QUOTE=joyful12;4774743]Okay you just admitted your upset and saying that I said that swollen joints are associated with celiac...I never even said that at all that is actually a statement you said and started commenting on...lol so you are arguing with me over nothing cuz u just agreed with everything else i said but ur 2 ignorant to see that...please don't talk to me unless theres a good reason to....and I think there is more going on with me but that just proves my point that a lot of people with celiac have a positive ana because something else related could be going on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
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Re: Low-Positive ANA

I don't understand what your problem is. I was asking for advice and you got angry with me. I don't have the energy or the interest to continue this argument.

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I also got a positive ana test, but my doctor tryed to say all of my symptoms were depression too. I am being tested for lupus and lyme disease so hopefully somethng will happen soon, I have been very ill for the past two years going from doctor to doctor. My symptoms are fatigue, muscle aches in neck back and shoulders 24/7, chest pains of many kinds some are so sudden i get panic attacks from them, lower abdominal pan, my backs got stuck 8 times so far for an hour about each, i have rashes on myneck that are reddish and not that easily seen and hurt to touch, I developed a lump that seems attached to my last ribcage left side, I randomly twitch which gets embarrassing in my eyes arms legs and head, I get very ockward headaches, I fade my last words when i talk without knowing it, i have very frequent urination and i try not to drink much n it still doesnt work, and i have more symtoms too, its ridiculous! I took a plan b pill 2 years ago andwent fourwheeling and got bit by some ants in some high graa when i fell..The next da i wake up and up until now ive felt like this! I used to be so energetic and now i cant evenwalk through walmart! I really need some help, this really sucks!

 
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