Re: Please HELP w/bloodwork
kdel, I think ANA is only a threshold test, because it can be positive in multiple rheumatological conditions and in other conditions *outside* of rheumatology. In other words, it doesn't prove any particular disease in any particular specialty. You could ask in what conditions it elevates.
You could ask which *more specific* autoantibody tests have been run. By that I mean things like anti-ds-DNA, anti-Sm, anti-Ro, anti-La, antiphospholipid, anti-RNP, etc. (Those are possible in lupus & close cousins.)
Most of all, you could ask in what conditions IgM elevates. Maybe it correlates more with things OTHER than lupus?
When's your appt. with the immunologist? Wishing you GOOD LUCK, Vee