I am confused and here is my run down and any in site will be very grateful. I went to my first appt rheum doc due to my raynauds and then inform me I may have secondary. All my symptoms I had where gear towards rheumatoid arthritis. When I got back my first set of blood results I had a positive ANA test with 1:160. But every other blood work he did was negative including rheumatoid arthritis. So then he decided to do more extensive testing. He did lupus, and hep and so one. I got those results yesterday. Those where all negative. But I still had a positive ANA but now it's 1:140. It went down. So I asked him what does that mean. He said you have a undefined autoimmune disorder .... Is that possible? I mean how can you not know what's wrong. My joints are in pain. I get sick very easily. I am always tired. I have really bad chest pains. Which I told him yesterday so I had xrays done because he said that is not normal. So I have no clue and don't know what could be causing this.
ANA tests are inconclusive and often inaccurate.
There's not much difference between the 2 results if you understand the
test methodology. Your first negatives where 1:360 and 1:280
Lower numbers are insignificant. Higher numbers in older patients are also less significant.
The fact is that you have some auto-antibodies present that indicate that you "may" have
an autoimmune condition.
There are many other conditions and infections -not autoimmune conditions- where ANA tests are positive.
There are prescription drug induced ANAs as well.
You doctor needs to do further specific subset testing (to attempt) to diagnose properly.
Nevertheless, etiology, given the symptoms you described, cannot necessarily be fully explained by obtaining a diagnosis.
For a recommended approach, regarding your situation,
please post at the alternative therapies ( in this forum) or message me directly.
A brief medical history, including dietary habits, age, physical and emotional traumas
and any meds would be helpful.
Thanks for responding. I am 29... I am over weight but I have lost 37 lbs so far and am continuing with my adventure to drop more weight. I am currently on hydroxicloquin, topamax, and xopomax as needed. As for the xopomax I develop asthma last yr also when I got really sick. That when my body decided to go down hill for me. I most say since I lost the weight I have been feeling a little better but my chest pains are killing me. I had another one bother me yesterday while I was at work. Not sure if there is anything else needed for me. If soo let me know .
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