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Old 08-21-2002, 07:46 AM   #1
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Question positive then negative ANA's??

In late July...for the first time, I had a high ANA reading and was told I most likely had Lupus. A week ago, I had my regular doctor run the ANA's again..and now they are negative...not low, but negative. I'm only taking Lodine (anti-inflammatory), which I'm told won't supress the ANA's... is it common to have Lupus or some type of autoimmune disease and have a negative ANA reading? I thought ANA's would always be there regardless...


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Old 08-22-2002, 04:35 AM   #2
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It happens from time to time. It could have been the lab's mistake. You could have what doctors call lupus fruxe (which means Lupus Frustration) - basically you're in the developmental stages. Some people's ANA's test positive and they never develop Lupus while others can have every other indicator, but never develop a positive ANA.

You might want to check out the book that's considered the "Lupus Bible" - gives you a lot of foundation information. It's called The Lupus Book - it has a teal green cover. I got it at the library...

Good luck and keep us posted!

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