Re: Need help ANA 1:160 speckled
loveand light, hi & welcome! Having been thru many years of problems, I found out I didn't ask the right questions. But I'm only a patient, so please read what I write in that light, OK?
First off, have you seen the sticky posts = permanent info posts, at the top of the thread list? They have info on tests, comprehensive books you can borrow from your local library, etc.
Next, do you have copies of your test results? ANA is only one of MANY tests that may be run when an autoimmune is being considered. But it's only a threshold test, MEANING more specific tests may be run. Were they?
As for your AGE: I honestly don't think age is a "high" criteria. Lupus & close cousins can appear at many ages, I think. There's even a "subset" of lupus that tends to appear later, when older people take more meds; it's called drug-induced lupus, abbreviated DILE. I would NOT want any dr. ruling ANYTHING in or out based solely on age,
For your skin rash, has it been biopsied by a dermatologist or dermatopathologist? There are immune stain tests that can be run where lupus is supected that can be VERY helpful to a diagnosis.
Most of my drs. treated me like a dolt, too. (I was an IDIOT for being cowed.) After decades, I was clued in by a local dr. that it might be lupus. I then went to a metro teaching hospital rheumie & got help in a few weeks, after all those years. Finding a dr. who believes you & listens is so important. They exist, we just have to find them. Don't quit! Hope you post more soon. Sending my best wishes, Vee