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Old 12-02-2008, 06:28 PM   #1
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my ANA test is 62 could it still be lupus? what is normal?

my ANA test is 62 could it still be lupus? what is normal? I have every symptom of Lupus and I am almost non-functioning at times.RA Test was 7.0. Doc gave pain meds patted my head and sent me home.

 
Old 12-03-2008, 03:39 AM   #2
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Re: my ANA test is 62 could it still be lupus? what is normal?

Hi. Here are some thoughts, but I'm merely a patient!
1. Is your dr. a rheumatologist?
2. ANA is only a threshhold test. In & of itself, it isn't diagnostic of anything, because it can be positive in a *multiple* conditions (lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, myositis, scleroderma, ETC.); and also due to a passing virus, to a family tendency, to aging, etc. So, were more *specific* autoantibody tests done? e.g., anti-ds-DNA, anti-Sm, anti-Ro, anti-La, anti-RNP, ETC. In his lupus hardcover, Dr. Daniel Wallace provides a *basic* list with *sixteen* such substances, and there are *others* possible in "close cousin" conditions. Look for Dr. Wallace's hardcover in your local library. Dr. Robert Lahita is another good choice.
3. Lupus isn't typically a diagnosis of only 2 criteria. (And symptoms aren't the same as criteria.) See the "sticky post" (permanent info post) at the top of the thread list for the accepted diagnostic criteria. In a similar vein, I think Rheumatoid Arthritis is also Dx'ed via multiple criteria.
4. Did you ask what normal range is for RF? I think when it's positive, a dr. probably considers Rheumatoid Arthritis, as well as lupus. Sorry, I don't know if RF can be positive in anything else...you could ask.
5. Did you get copies of your labs? (It's smart to keep a personal file.) You could see if any other values on your basic bloodwork are out-of-range.

I hope you can compel any dr. you consult to SPEAK & EXPLAIN, not merely pat your head (Grrr!) & prescribe pain meds. And I hope you post more & that others chip in soon, too. Best wishes to you, from Vee

P.S. I got the head-patting, too, and was called names and sworn at. I had many tests by many specialists, for TWO+ DECADES before I was told that lupus was even a possibility. Obviously I was "subacute", or it couldn't have gone on that long, but....gee! (And, duuuuh!) I finally saw a teaching hospital rheumatologist & have improved a lot. Hang tough & persist, OK?

 
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Old 02-01-2009, 05:52 PM   #3
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Re: my ANA test is 62 could it still be lupus? what is normal?

The "head patting" thing must be very typical. It is so frustrating. If they could walk in our shoes for a day I think things might be different. My pain issues have definitely made me a more compassionate person.

 
Old 02-02-2009, 09:12 AM   #4
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Re: my ANA test is 62 could it still be lupus? what is normal?

Do you mean your ANA is positive at 1:62? Or is it like 160 and 320 and 640?

 
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