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Old 05-29-2009, 05:59 PM   #1
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high ana levels and doctors can't figure out anything

high ana levels and doctors can't figure out anything

Old 05-31-2009, 08:23 AM   #2
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Re: high ana levels and doctors can't figure out anything

hi bockc ... welcome to the message board. the road may be hard but certainly need not be lonely anymore!
ANA levels are connected to a couple of things, it is sometimes hard to figure things out until you look at it holistically and get the right team of doctors ... you see a common thread in most of us - the rare, unusual and never seen before ... unique beings we are!

may i ask which doctor ordered the test/s and are you having other symptoms?

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Old 05-31-2009, 06:55 PM   #3
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Re: high ana levels and doctors can't figure out anything

Bockc, hello & welcome! As Angel said, ANA can be positive in multiple diseases & conditions, thus it's considered to be only a threshold test. Presumably drs. first consider your symptoms & only then decide which add'l, more specific tests to order. That's why we're wondering about symptoms.

ANA is also sometimes elevated due to a passing virus, aging, a family tendency, etc. If the ANA isn't terribly high, there aren't any obvious symptoms to report, and there are no abnormalities on urinalysis & standard bloodwork, I suspect most drs. would take a "wait & see" attitude.

Also, ANA tests are described as tricky to perform: a mistake of only one titer (dilution) makes the result appear doubly bad (if that makes any sense!). I hope this helps a little. Post more when the mood strikes, OK? Nice meeting you! Sincerely, Vee

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