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Old 01-30-2010, 10:06 AM   #1
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For the past five years I have experienced tingling, aching, fire feeling on my legs and then my arms, and if im really anxious it moved to my face. sometimes I randomly get shooting pains in my legs and buttocks. Many docs never knew what was wrong so i gave up trying to figure it out, although one doctor did suspect fibromyalsia one time last year when my whole body ached.

More recently though, my blood test for my ana came back abnormal. the reason i got tests done was because my hair was breaking and now it is thinning, and they suspected my thyroid, which came back normal. the doc wants to run more tests regarding the ana test. he said it wasnt incredibly high, but high enough to be abnormal. i randomly get muscle aches in my fingers and knees. just quick and random throughout the day.

is it normal sometimes to get a positive ana test? i have been very stressed out, along with suffering from anxiety and depression. i am only 24 years old. Thanks for any advice.

 
Old 01-30-2010, 05:50 PM   #2
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Re: confused

My ANA is rarely higher than 1:40. My daughter (w/o lupus) usually tests the same as me. A positive ANA can be from things other than lupus. It is not a definitive test. Are you seeing a rheumatologist?

 
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Old 01-31-2010, 04:57 AM   #3
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Re: confused

ems, when your doctor runs those more specific tests, ask for copies of the results. Apparently there are many reasons for an elevated ANA, starting with "normal" things like a passing virus or family tendency. But positive ANA is also seen, for "abnormal" reasons, in a variety of rheumatological conditions (lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.), certain blood disorders, etc. Since you've had odd symptoms for five years, it makes sense for your dr. to dig deeper. I hope you keep posting. Bye for now, with best wishes, Vee

 
Old 01-31-2010, 10:10 AM   #4
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Re: confused

well the tingling and aching in my muscles i've just become accustomed to. it doesn't really bother me too much, unless i have a really bad day. although now my hair is falling outa nd no body seems to know why. so, this is why i am worried. so it is not so uncommon to have an abnormal ana?

 
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I think if you have a positive ANA *plus* ongoing problems, you should pursue advice & tests. Only a patient, Vee

 
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