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Old 08-11-2012, 10:36 PM   #1
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does fibromyalgia have a positive ANA marker?

I have just been told I have an ANA marker in my blood. I am wondering if fibro has an ANA marker attached to it otherwise they will be looking at lupus and I truly don't want that!

 
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Re: does fibromyalgia have a positive ANA marker?

Fibromylagia does not cause a positive ANA, but unless you have 4/11 of the ACR criteria, you won't be diagnosed with lupus. I would google ACR criteria for lupus and review the signs and symptoms. If you have less than 4, you will likely carry the diagnosis of fibro unless your symptoms increase. I would see a good rheum to evaluate this. No one wants lupus, but at least there are more specific treatments for it than fibro and the diagnosis gets a little more "respect" if you will than fibro. It seems a lot of people diagnosed with fibro have an early rheum condition that hasn't fully manifested and they are put in the "fibro" category until something more specific becomes apparent, or they are put in the fibro "wastebasket" when their Dr doesn't know what is going on, doesn't do adequate testing for rheum conditions, or just doesn't care enough to refer or take the time to look beneath the surface. Note I said "lots of", not all.

 
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Old 08-12-2012, 05:37 PM   #3
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Re: does fibromyalgia have a positive ANA marker?

My mother, 2 sisters and I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I was diagnosed first then my oldest sister and then younger. My mom was told it didn't matter at her age of 70 something...which was sad because she had all of our symptoms.
I appreciate the reply and will do reseach as you mentioned

 
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