It can take a long time but the key is getting your blood tested frequently and going into the sun before a test. If you have Lupus it will help your ANA to be positive. If you don't, then it won't do anything. Are they treating you anyway? My symptoms point to Lupus and have positive ANA one time and negative the next time. I am on Plaquenil to help.
No they have not treated me but I have not had frequent blood work so maybe thats what I need to do. Thanks for the reply.
why does the sun alter the ANA result?
Photosensitivity is common with Lupus. It not only can cause burns, rashes, etc., it can also cause an increase in your other symptoms or cause you to flare. This then causes your ANA to increase. If you don't have Lupus, your ANA will not be affected.