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    Old 09-24-2003, 08:58 AM   #1
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    Question Hep C and a positive ANA test

    Hey everyone! After reading Alice's posting it made me curious. Before I was diagnosed with Hep C I had a lot of neck, left wrist and left ankle and overall joint pain. In fact at times even now I catch my left thumb "retracting" under my palm. As a former lab tech I was curious at the time if I had arthritis so I did an RA titer. Sure enough it came up positive. Only thing is the RA titer will sometimes be positive and at other times will be negative. Is the Hep C doing this? The doctor at the time even ran an ANA titer to check and see if I had an autoimmune disease like Lupus. Sure enough it came back positive for like Mixed Connective Tissue Disease. Is there a link between this and the Hep C? The doctors now dont seem overly concerned about it but I havent really talked to them about it either. I take Aleve now for the shoulder pain I get and the doctors seem to think that is fine. Its the only medicine that seems to really help ease the pain even though it may take a day or two. Just wondering if there is a connection between the Hep C and any autoimmune diseases like MCTD. Thanbey I would love to hear what you know. Thanks everyone.

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    Old 09-24-2003, 02:31 PM   #2
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    i don't think anybody knows.... my rheumatoid factor has gone up to 288 but the ana is normal. the rf didn't go up until after treatment. the doctor i saw last was hinting around about of connective tissue disease and ordered more labs to be done in a month.

     
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