Hi....about 7 months ago, I started having joint and muscle pain...I had all sorts of testing done, including a full Lupus panel. The only thing that showed up on the Lupus panel was a mild positive ANA, speckled with a Titer of 1:80.
Shortly after that, I found out that I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, which is an auto-immune disease where the body attacks the thyroid and joint/muscle pain are very common. I started on my thyroid medication and feel much better. I also found out that an ANA can show up when you have thyroid disease.
So, I let go of the thought that I might have Lupus, but then I read here that some have symptoms way before anything shows up on the blood tests.
But.....I have looked over the 11 criteria, and all I have is the ANA and the joint pain...nothing else...and my Lupus panel was quite extensive......with complement testing, among all the antibodies.
I do have a reddish face but my dermatologist said it was definately rosacea.
My kidneys are perfect, no rashes, no ulcers, etc etc
What do you think? I am doing all this worrying of this ANA test and I wish I could let it go
PS.....the ANA was done twice and both times were the same result.
50 mcg's of Synthroid
DX'd in May 2003