Re: High ANA score
Your labs are interesting in that if your TSH is truly .04, you are clearly hyperthyroid on this dose, so it is good your Dr lowered your dose of Synthroid. Too high thyroid can cause hair to fall out and exhaustion also. Most people with lupus are mildly anemic, and your labs show the opposite. I would suggest getting a ferritin level run to see if your stored iron is high, which could indicate a separate problem that can cause joint pain. On the lupus board is a sticky note that contains ACR cirteria for diagnosis of lupus, as well as some other symptoms. I would go over that and even print it and check mark the ones you have to give to your rheum. Other tests that may be helpful are sed rate, CRP, anti-RO, and anti RNP antibodies. Not everyone with lupus has these other antibodies. An ANA being positive meets one of the criteria for a diagnosis of lupus. Three others are usually needed (these are on the sticky note list). You may need also to see a hematologist to figure out why your red cell count, Hb and Hct are elevated. When you get your thyroid checked next, ask Dr to check free T4 and T3 along with TSH. Dose of Synthroid is in micrograms if you were on 50. (mcg)
Last edited by ladybud; 10-02-2012 at 11:32 AM.
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