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    Old 03-01-2018, 12:44 PM   #1
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    ANA 1:640 Speckled/high Sed & CRP - Help

    I'm a 40yr old active mother of 3. I have been seeing my internist for food allergy issues since last september - determining that celiac might be a possibility.

    Three months ago or so I found a sizable lump along my pelvic bone - at the time my doc thought it could be a hernia (I'm not convinced bc I've had emergency hernia surgery-umbilical)... anywho ... it has not gone away.

    About 5 weeks ago I had what I thought was the flu ... but the fever was low grade and the pain in my groin and legs was excutiating. I went to the ER after several days of dealing .... no flu ... nothing.

    I followed up with my doc after more fevers, night sweats, terrible pain and she sent me for blood work ....

    Results - very anemic
    ANA 1:640 speckled
    Sed rate - 47
    CRP - 25.5

    She immediately referred me to a rheumatologist which is good ... and put me on meloxicam in the meantime while still experiencing pain /random fevers.

    Clearly I'm concerned ... does anyone on here have any insight to this? Are there questions that would be important to ask the rheumatologist?

    I'm thinking of asking the internist for a CT of the pelvic area to figure out what the lump is and if it could somehow be related ....

    Any insight would be great

     
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    Old 03-27-2018, 07:08 AM   #2
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    Re: ANA 1:640 Speckled/high Sed & CRP - Help

    Your ANA results, along with the fevers, can be symptoms of Lupus. A lupus diagnosis typically takes a long time and is given when 4 of 11 criteria are met. A positive ANA is one of the criteria. Chronic anemia another. Your rheumatologist will begin monitoring your condition and likely will start treatment even without a positive diagnosis. I have been treated for five years on ANA alone, combined with clinical symptoms. For me, it took five years to finally get an RA diagnosis.

    I’m sorry you are beginning the frustrating journey of autoimmune issues. Patience is key and a rheumatologist you trust is paramount. If you aren’t comfortable with your first doctor, move on! Be your own advocate and don’t settle for dismissive answers which, unfortunately, are encountered often in the realm of AI issues.

    Best of luck to you. With proper treatment you can still have a full, productive life. But it is important that treatment begins as soon as possible.
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