Re: Rheumatologist appointment
Hi, Help. There's a new "sticky post" at the very top of the board about answers to test questions, with a website you can access. The moderators were nice enough to let "ksp" put this info up as a "sticky"---which is good, as there are so MANY tests possible.
Some drs. go for broke & order more specific antibody tests on the first try, instead of waiting to see if ANA comes back positive, which may be a faster & more thorough approach to bloodwork. Such tests would be things like anti-Ro, anti-La, anti-RNP, etc. Blessed4Life just wrote on this subject a few days ago, on a thread called (more or less) "Does ANA negative lupus exist?" That thread should be very useful, too.
After you do some digging, maybe you'll want to fire off some more questions to everyone. Bye for now, Vee