I recently had blood work for possible chrones, lupus and thyroid disease and tested postive for ANA. My doctor told me that it was not lupus but could possibly be rheumatoriad arthritis. How do I know for sure that it's not lupus because both RA and Lupus will show a positive ANA
I have a positive ANA and have Mixed Connective Tissue disease;
All of the Connective tissue diseases may show a positive ANA, but the ANA alone does not diagnose the disease....each disease specifically is tested for a certain antibody so that you know specifically what you have. I test positive for Lupus & Sjorens, not for the Rheumatoid Factor. My levels vary, so I am tested every 60 days. I do see a Rheumatologist.
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