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Old 11-16-2011, 01:40 PM   #1
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What's a positive ANA test mean?

I tested positive for ANA screen, IFA. The ANA titer is 1:40. What does this mean. I have lower back pain when I stand for more than about 5-10 minutes and the joints in my feet and hands ache/hurt.

 
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Re: What's a positive ANA test mean?

An ANA test measures a type of autoantibodies in your blood. It is one of many diagnostic tool that Dr's use in reference to autoimmune diseases such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. A titre of 1:40 is generally considered very low. It can be caused by a number of things that have nothing to do with autoimmunity, such as a passing cold virus. Many perfectly healthy people have a low titre such as this. Check with your Dr. to see why it was ordered or if it is just part of a routine Blood test.

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Old 11-17-2011, 12:25 PM   #3
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Re: What's a positive ANA test mean?

It was ordered because I have cysts on my liver. I also have joint pain in my hands and feet. I have several kidney stones in each kidney and my doctor just took out a precancerous polyp during a colonoscopy.

 
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Re: What's a positive ANA test mean?

Ouch! I'm glad to see that your Dr is exploring possibilities as to the cause of your troubles, at least. The lupus and arthritis boards have a lot of info and knowledgeable folks if you have questions about those. There are are something like 100 different forms of arthritises, if your Dr. suspects an autoimmune problem. I'm not familiar with the criteria for diagnosis of an autoimmune liver disease, such as autoimmune hepatitis or primary biliary cirrhosis, (the two that I can think of right now) for example, but check with your Dr to see if an autoimmune disease is something to be ruled in or out. There is information available on the internet on autoimmune liver diseases, but a lot of it is suspect at best, and down right incorrect at worst, so if you do any research on the internet, please check your sources. I might also add that often times you only find out about worst case scenarios that can scare you to death, so be cautious if you do go that route. (I always wonder why many times the normal, or average scenarios are not touted as prominently as the worst, lol) A good Dr - patient relationship is the key, I think, to help getting treated and allaying unnecessary fears. Nurses are a great help at that as well. I have found that keeping a written list of questions to take with me to Dr visits is very helpful. I can have my concerns addressed quickly and efficiently within the appointment time. I wish you the best of luck and a happy and stress free Thanksgiving holiday.

 
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Re: What's a positive ANA test mean?

Thanks so much. I saw my doctor today and he isn't concerned since the titer is low. I don't know about the cysts except that I've always been prone to cysts....have had quite a few of them in various places over the years. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

 
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