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A 41-year-old female asked:

I have positive ana antibodies. my joints hurt but i keep being told i don't have lupus. my mum has schrogens syndrome.

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Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 32 years experience
Further evaluation: Antibodies indicate an immune response, but not necessarily an immune disease like lupus. However, given your family history and your symptoms related to your joints it is reasonable to continue the evaluation by an internist or rheumatologist. It is possible to not have a current diagnosis for your symptoms, but you should continue to be monitored as more symptoms may eventually develop.
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