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Old 01-30-2007, 03:51 PM   #1
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unsure what ANA indicates

hi
i had a positive ANA test (not sure exac number) and wondered what that indicates?
i have osteo and high cortisol and am working on these. i take fish oil (800mg EPA/DHA daily), magnesium and calcium. also take weekly tablet of 50000IU vit D.

my nutritionist says vit D is the way forward, but what else should i be looking at. obviously stress managemenet etc is high on my priority now also, but APART from that what else?? i am otherwise healthy and eat well and walk 3-5miles a day. i am 36yo female with four kids

 
Old 01-31-2007, 04:58 AM   #2
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Re: unsure what ANA indicates

Would need to know your actual ANA (Anti-Nuclear Antibodies) numbers. Many people have elevated ANA at different times in their life. Unless it is hugely elevated, probably nothing to worry about.

 
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Old 01-31-2007, 04:50 PM   #3
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Re: unsure what ANA indicates

result was 160 no range given. comments said indicative of nonspecific chronic inflammatory condition (??)

 
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Re: unsure what ANA indicates

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result was 160 no range given. comments said indicative of nonspecific chronic inflammatory condition (??)
You mean l:60? My understanding is that this is in the lower range, even up to l:80 is, I believe, considered lower range, elevated, but lower.

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Old 02-01-2007, 10:00 AM   #5
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Re: unsure what ANA indicates

it said 160 not 1:60. not sure of range here in nz

 
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it said 160 not 1:60. not sure of range here in nz
ANA is usually a titer and thus expressed as I indicated, but probably both mean the same thing, no?

 
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Re: unsure what ANA indicates

Ranges are expressed liked this: 1:40, 1:80, 1:160, 1:320, 1:640, and so on. In other words, they are doubled each time. So it was most likely 1:160.

There is no 1:60. These are ranges in the States, though.

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Old 02-15-2007, 09:58 AM   #8
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Re: unsure what ANA indicates

Sometimes a positive ANA could meab nothing. I have read on some sights but if you are having other symptoms it could mean something. But I would speak with your dr or an rheumatologist about the results.

 
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