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Ibs Positive Ana
I was recently diagnosed with IBS and I have been told I have a positive ana, what does that mean?
An "ana" is a blood test used to screen a person for the possibility of several autoimmune diseases. It is important to remember that this is a screening test and a positive result only indicates more testing may be warranted. No blood test is perfect, and getting to a diagnosis is usually much more complex than drawing blood and looking at a number ...Read more
You cannot!: ANA is not a test specific for scleroderma, and there are false positives. There are several subtypes of scleroderma too, such as localized, systemic sclerosis, crest, syndromes, and single internal organ involvement. Several major and minor criteria must be met to make a diagnosis of systemic sclerosis. A skin biopsy is essential, if clinical exam is suspicious for cutaneous scleroderma. ...Read more
Ibs like symptoms as well as autoimmune ones no crohns, colitis bloodwork doesn't show anything abnormal other than low positive ANA what doc can help?
Go pcp and test done: I think we need additional information about your test other than ANA test which showed minimal positive which you can see normal individuals. Do you have diarrhea, any blood in stool, weight loss, any GI intervention in the past? These are we need to know about your illness. Besides need to do panelof blood test for all ibd and metabolic panels. I suggest go to your pcp and get test done. ...Read more
How can I differentiate symptoms to know if it is fibromyalgia, lupus, or crohns? I have a butterfly rash and positive AnA, lots of IBS symptoms, pain
I have tested ANA positive, have IBS, joint pain on both sides of my body hands, shoulders, wrists and diverticulitis. What is my prognosis?
I have ibs-c with pain, take Prozac (fluoxetine) & amitryptline. Also had joint pain &tired. Tested got ANA positive and rnp positive (1.4). What could this mean?
ANA is one part of detecting if there is an autoimmune disorder present. Your doctor can examine you to determine if the tests are confirming diagnosis from your symptoms and the exam.
Please refer to this site for more info:
http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0004004/. ...Read more
Can ANA be fakse positive even if tested 3 times in 1 1/2 years and still came up nucleolar no symptoms but ibs?
Yes and no: It is positive but this does not mean in indicates you have a connective tissue disease. A positive blood test may or may not indicate the presence of a ctd. This test is a guide but what is false is that you don't have a problem associated with it. Also there have been some problems with the nucleolar pattern. It may be with the lab your insurance company requires your doctor to use. ...Read more
Crp 2.73, ESR 22, ANA + speckled 1:40, complement ch50 is >60. 15 years of fatigue/malaise, headaches, ibs, aches and pains. Any correlation?
Chronic Lyme?: Have you been tested properly for chronic Lyme? Consider iSpot Lyme test, not conventional western blot. ...Read more
+ana speckled pattern, fibromyalgia, IBS inflamm. N hands/feet. Rhuematologist thinks it's RA instead of mctd. Is it possible with rnpab, IgG high?
Yes: You do not mention the rheumatoid factor and ccp antibody results but an inflammatory polyarthritis can certainly be RA even with other autoantibodies positive. I personally believe that mctd if it does really exist is over diagnosed. Imo, if you follow these patients most turn out to have lupus. ...Read more
Positive ANA 1:80 speckeled, p.O.T.S syndrome, fat malabsorption, would this link to scelerderma, I cannot think of any other issue, :- (that connects?
I doubt it: In the absence of raynaud's / skin changes prior to malabsorption, i'd be surprised if this was scleroderma. ANA especially at low-titer 1:80 very likely means nothing. Other causes of malabsorption are fairly common & can be worked up. Mild orthostatic tachycardia is probably more common than we think. I appreciate your research but i'd keep looking for answers & staying optimistic. ...Read more
What can I expect to come next? I've a positive p-anca positive c-anca and positive ana! What does this really mean?
Autoimmune disease: ANA (anti-nuclear antibody) is a blood test used by doctors that indicates the presence of an autoimmune condition in which the body's immune system is predisposed to recognize normal things in your body as foreign invaders that need to be attacked. The results are not specific for any particular disease if positive, but are a preliminary test, after which a range of possibilities are considered. ...Read more
Highly unlikely,,,: This is mostly due to connective tissue diseases like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, and others. Allergies aren't known to do this, even severe ones. Having said this, you might have one of these diseases as they're more common in women, so it's good to see your doctor and get tested, or if you know you have a positive ana, discuss it with your doctor and if needed, get more tests. ...Read more
Just a screening: An "ana" is a blood test used to screen a person for the possibility of several autoimmune diseases. It is important to remember that this is a screening test and a positive result only indicates more testing may be warranted. No blood test is perfect, and getting to a diagnosis is usually much more complex than drawing blood. ...Read more
See below: These test results have to be interpreted in context of your symptoms and these are frequently false positives. Seeing a rheumatologist can help you better determine this. If they are a true positive, this can be seen with an autoimmune disease known as mixed connective tissue disease. ...Read more
Specific to patient: The test by itself is not diagnostic. It depends on your evaluation, examination, clinical factors are the most pertinent. The lab reports are guidelines but not diagnostic in themselves. ...Read more
No: The histopathology and the little bit we know of how the disease works indicates it's a cell-mediated rather than an antibody-mediated problem. ...Read more
How about it?: Up to a quarter of women your age have an ANA (immunofluorescent antibody) at a low titer like yours with a speckled pattern. If there's a question of whether you have lupus or one of its relatives, it's a piece of information to note and file for future reference. A negative ANA would rule several things out. Your result proves nothing positive. Best wishes. ...Read more
They don`t mean much: These tests are within normal limits and don`t mean much. Tests can be negative in the presence of disease and positive in normal people. Diagnoses depend on a competent physician who does a proper history and physical exam and uses tests and x-rays and others to arrive at a diagnosis. Don`t over depend on tests. ...Read more
Depends on symptoms: ANA is a screen for lupus. The pattern was used in the past to assist in diagnosing lupus and related conditions, but we have better tests (i.e. Ena panel) that has made patterns less useful. But you cannot over interpret this test: ANA positivity, regardless of pattern, is not helpful without knowing your symptoms. Everything boils down to symptoms;; rheum md would be very helpful. ...Read more
Multiple causes: An elevated sed rate is not specific and can be seen with inflammation or infection. A positive ANA is very non-specific but can be seen with multiple rheumatological conditions. These results combined with other tests, such as a Rheumatoid factor and anti-ccp along with your symptoms, may help narrow a cause. ...Read more
ANA: You really need to meet with a rheumatolgist to discuss this further since they might need further testing or biopsy to determine the answer. ...Read more
No: This result is weakly positive or even normal in some individuals, positive ANA screen doesn't confirm a disease, it rather complements clinical signs and symptoms, other specific tests, imaging /tissue studies need to be performed in the context of the whole clinical picture. Seek a rheumatologist input if you're in doubt, wish you wellness ...Read more