My internist ran an ANA test on me because I have been having dry eye symptoms and the eye Dr. asked me if I have any autoimmune problems. Forgive me because I do not yet have any numbers but I was told the test was "slightly abnormal." He said the test for sjogrens (SSA) was negative. He kind of left it up to me to see a Rheumatologist or not.
I have a few questions. I have been under a LOT of stress lately and took the test during that time. Would that effect it? Also, I don't have many symptoms. Joint pain off and on but it always goes away. No infections, no skin problems etc. I have diabetes though. Would you go to a Rheumatologist or not?
Thank you in advance. This is all so new to me.
You don't mention how old you are or what type of diabetes you have. I know that age can slightly raise ANA levels. Age can also play a role in having dry eyes. I don't know about the diabetes. If your dry eyes are being comfortably treated, I wouldn't bother. A "slightly abnormal" test might mean nothing to a rheumatologist, or something, but even a slight passing infection such as a cold can sometimes raise ANA levels. If you feel comfortable in just being treated for your eye problem and have no significant other problems, I would just keep an eye out and save my money, but I am just a dumb patient, and I would definitely want to consult quickly with my pcp.
Your actual numbers will really help in making decisions. Plus, your internist will have your data and can talk to you about your approach to this information. I hope your treatment plan for your eyes is working. I do commiserate!
what are the reference ranges? Plus how are You feeling? and what has you PCP said about this? (Without your labs reference ranges, there is no way to say if these values are high or low,
I am just a patient but hazarding a guess, I would go more by symptoms and if they are being treated well by my current doctors. I might have a discussion with them about being monitored and my course of action should I develop more symptoms. Hopefully no more symptoms pop up, but you'll be prepared with a plan if they should.
Last edited by luca689; 01-11-2012 at 06:50 AM.
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