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ANA results! What does this mean?

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June 20, 2019 / By Abbigail
Question: I am turning 40. I have had no symptoms other than what I thought to be Raynaud's Syndrome. I live in an area tht tends to get cold, and I have noticed that my toes with get cold, get numb, and turn white until I warm them up. Never have they turned blue. So I told this to my Doc and they decided to run an ANA. These were my results: Titer = 1:80 Pattern: Homogenous All of my other blood work (white blood cells, red blood cells, blood sugar, cholesterol, thyroid, etc) came back completely normal and in the range they should be. Again, I have no other symptoms. What does this mean? They are referring me to a Rheumatoligist, but in the mean time I thought I'd get a better understanding through someone who may have experienced this.
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Stan Stan | 2 days ago
The ANA test is a tricky one. The ANA test is measured in titers. Anything under 1:40 is considered a negative result. The numbers continue to double, 1:40, 1:80, 1:160, 1:320, 1:640 etc. Even though your ANA is positive, it's a very low positive. My rheumatologist considers anything under 1:640 as a negative. Some studies have found that a positive ANA is found in 20% of the general population. So having a positive ANA does not mean you have an autoimmune disease. The pattern can give doctors an indication of what sort of condition you might have. Homogenous ANA patterns are found in people with Lupus, but unless your ANA is higher then it's not considered a positive. Also, Raynaud's Syndrome can cause a positive ANA. If you have no other symptoms then it's highly unlikely that you have anything going on. Good luck. .....
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Stan Originally Answered: SO tired of being sick! Blood test results anyone familiar with autoimmune results please help!?
The American College of Rheumatology uses the following for classification purposes (research treatment trials etc). A high titer double stranded DNA Anti-Sm (Smith) Biopsy proven kidney disease Biopsy proven skin disease An ANA titer greater than 1:80 is considered a significant positive. It by itself without symptoms is not enough for diagnosis but is used as a screening test. Others use a sedimentation rate as a screening test for active disease. The pattern can relate to a specific antibody type. Double stranded antibody can show a homogeneous pattern and Anti-Sm can give a speckled pattern. A speckled pattern can also be seen with anti-RNP which can be seen in a mixture of connective tissue disease, another somewhat related condition. The patterns themselves are not necessarily specific. Speckled pattern can be nonspecific as can others. In other words there can be other explanations of such patterns. Some places institute a reflex testing whereas if one where to have a positive ANA then follow up testing is automatically done. Followup tesing would include antibody to double-stranded DNA, Sm (Smith), Ro/SSA (Sjogren's syndrome A), La/SSB (Sjogren's syndrome B), and RNP (ribonucleoprotein). Some doctors also order a test called complement that parallels disease activity. There are other tests involving the Lupus Activity Score including the CBC and urinalysis. Sorry to get technical but there are reasons one needs to characterize exactly what is going on as it is a serious disease that one needs to do things right in diagnosing and in following treatment and disease. Considering the micarriage, I presume they did a PTT or a lupus anticoagulant screen as it can cause such problems.
Stan Originally Answered: SO tired of being sick! Blood test results anyone familiar with autoimmune results please help!?
Unfortunately it takes time to figure out exactly what autoimmune disorder you have. Blood work tells them quite a bit but it does not give a total diagnosis, they have to rule other disease out to be sure. It took my doc over a year to figure out what autoimmune disease I have and and first they thought I had lupus. A speckled pattern does point to Lupus but their are other pieces to the puzzle the doc has to look at. Be patient and hang in there. You would rather have a proper diagnosis so you can get the right treatment rather than be a guinea pig, right?

Otniel Otniel
10 million Americans have a constructive ANA Only one million.five to two million Americans have lupus There is not any definitive scan for lupus The older you get the much more likely you're to have a constructive ANA Many folks with a constructive ANA don't have any disorder whatever three% to five% of folks with lupus have a poor ANA In diagnosing lupus, what issues is the immunofluorescent sample of the ANA. Speckled features to lupus. By the best way, you've gotten now published just about the equal query four instances. There is not any such factor as "mildly constructive" for lupus they usually must under no circumstances have mentioned that to you!
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Lester Lester
You should probably stay calm. Your test was positive. ATA = Antinuclear Antibody. Your titer and pattern suggest an autoimmune disorder. Basically, cells that are destroying yours instead of protecting them from outside sources. The rheumatologist will test you for auto-immune disorders, like lupus or scleroderma. The ATA test however is not conclusive, but only one of many tests needed to confirm the problem. Good luck to ya.
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You need to buy a product that contains Glucosamine Hcl. Chondroitin and MSM. Gluc/chon on its own without MSM isn't very effective. You need the MSM so the supplement becomes bioavailable to the dog. It will take about 4-6 weeks to kick in.

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