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Old 08-26-2003, 12:10 PM   #1
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2tired asked if anyone else had a positive ANA titre. I, for one, do - it was taken this summer and was 640:1, but after seeing two rheumatologists, I was assured that I don't have lupus. One of them said that if you have thyroid antibodies, it can make your ANA show a positive also. Does anyone here know if that's true?

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Old 08-26-2003, 03:25 PM   #2
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I don't know it to be true, but it might be.
My ANA Screen came back with the result "equivocal".
This is what it says on the lab report:

"An equivocal ANA-EIA screen associated with a negative ANA-IFA result may be due to clinically significant antibodies or due to non-specific antibodies. If indicated, asessment for other systemic autoimmunity should be considered and/or repeat testing in 2 to 4 months."

My doc also was testing for lupus, but he did not indicate he wanted to retest "in 2 to 4 months" as the lab advises. I presumed that is because it is known I have TPO antibodies - and as the lab says - it makes the ANA clinically insignificant.
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My ANA was elevated when I first got CFIDS and they thought I might have Lupus. But with Lupus, the ANA usually doesn't stay static but continues to climb into much higher numbers. My numbers moved but never got above 120. 650 seems very high to me!


 
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Kael....I am learning so much from what you are going through. I am going to bring this up with my dr also. My notebook is full of questions. He answers them in the office...then he makes copies of all the questions I have. You poor thing...you have been through such a rough time lately. I will pray for you and the others on here tonight. God Bless.-Roni

 
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I would like to know too if an ANA test being positive has anything to do with a thyroid disorder. My ANA test was mildly positive. I don't know the numbers..my doctor never gives me any of that kind of info.

I seem to think though that my thyroid is the problem even though he is testing for lupus and any other autoimmune diseases. I could be wrong though and maybe it is not my thyroid but my body temp stays low ALL the time!

My doctor never really explained to me what a "mildly positive" ANA meant. Does anyone else think that it could have come up positive because of a thyroid problem??? http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/confused.gif
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My sis and my aunt are both hypothyroid and both have had mildly positive ANAs in the past, but no lupus symptoms. And my aunt has been hypothyroid for 20+years.

We do have one relative who is both hypothyroid and has been diagnosed lupus.


 
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I am still waiting to hear back from my doctor on the results for autoimmune diseases....which from my understanding lupus can be one of those. The low body temp made me think it was a thyroid problem. Everything I have read states that with lupus you usually run a fever. My temp has not been higher than 98.0 in about a month now. It stays between 95.5-97.5.
I am getting so tried of feeling this way though. Everyday now I have some kind of problem...I am just not myself anymore. Did your aunt and sis have low body temp as a symptom from hypo?
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I dunno about my aunt- she started meds when I was way to young to remember her symptoms. My sis did have a below normal basal body temp as a hypothyroid symptom.

I also had a below average temp before starting thyroid meds, but I haven't really paid attention after being on meds to see if my temp has gone up (I don't get nearly as sick as often).

 
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It is my understanding that the ANA test isn't able to definitively diagnose anything. Here's a short blurb from the [url="http://www.lupus.org"]www.lupus.org[/url] website:
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What does a positive ANA mean? Unlike a pregnancy test, which if positive generally means only one thing, a positive ANA can mean many things. There are many illnesses and conditions associated with a positive ANA, including rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma, and lupus, as well as infectious diseases such as mononucleosis, subacute bacterial endocarditis, and autoimmune thyroid and liver disease. Certain medications can cause a positive ANA, and many healthy people with no associated illness or condition have a positive ANA. In fact, about 5% of the general population will have a positive ANA yet fewer than 1 in 1,000 have lupus. Thus, at least 95% of the people who have a positive ANA do not have lupus! A positive ANA test can sometimes run in families, even if family members have no evidence of lupus. The ANA is only a test and, like a high cholesterol value, a positive ANA doesn't necessarily equate having a disease. A positive ANA is only an indicator which points in several possible directions, and indicates that further investigation and analysis may be needed.
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Old 08-27-2003, 04:39 PM   #10
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Meep..thanks so much. I have not been able to find anything that describes what and ANA in that way. guess then it is very common to have a positive ANA and not always mean anything. That is good to know.
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