Lupus Anticoagulant - Very Confused
I was told by my PCP that I tested positive for lupus anticoagulant. She acted like it was no big deal. She told me to stop taking the birth control pill and to quit smoking (which I am doing anyway - tapering down with the help of a program). She said that since nothing has happened she didn't want to treat me, but I could have a blood clot, or even a stroke. Of course I am totally freaked out about this. I have been online most of the day looking at as much information as I could find, and now I'm even more confused. Do I have APS, or just the LA? Here are my test results:
LUPUS ANTICOAGULANT - DETECTED
PTT-LA - 73 H (range <=40 s)
DRVVT SCREEN - 55 H (range <=42 s)
PHOSPHOLIPID NEUTRALIZATION - Confirmed
HEXAGONAL PHASE NEUTRALIZATION - Not Confirmed
PARTIAL THROMBOPLASTIN TIME, ACTIVATED - 28 (range 22-36 seconds)
PROTHROMBIN TIME WITH INR - 1.0 (range 0.9-1.1)
PROTHROMBIN TIME - 9.9 (RANGE 9.0-11.5 seconds)
CARDIOLIPIN ANTIBODY SCREEN - EQUIVOCAL
ANA SCREEN - NEGATIVE
CARDIOLIPIN IGA AB <10 (range <10=normal)
CARDIOLIPIN IGG AB <10 (range <10=normal)
CARDIOLIPIN IGM AB <10 (range <10=normal)
The items in bold are the ones that the tests results flagged as out of range.
Again, I am very scared about all of this. I am 31 years old and have never had any clotting problems that I know of. I feel like I am just a walking time bomb now. Should I start taking aspirin or something?
Also, getting off the BCP isn't that great for me. I also have PCOS and I am on the pill to regulate my cycle.
Can someone please help me understand those test results? I wish my doctor would have explained more to me, rather than have to sort through everything I have seen online today.
I'm not sure if this is the correct board to post to, but I figured I would start here. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks!