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If I have malar rashes, itp, osteoarthritis, positive ana, photosensitivity it's more than fibro right?

If I have malar rashes, itp, osteoarthritis, positive ana, photosensitivity it's more than fibro right?

Autoimmune issues?: If you have not seen a rheumatologist, it may be helpful sorting out what is going on. ...Read more

Ana (Definition)

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


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Is there a concern for these test results: ANA=neg; ESR=24 (range 0-20); LDH=233, (R100-190); RF=11 (R 0-13.9) Have osteoarthritis, DM, OSA. asthma, ?

Is there a concern for these test results:  ANA=neg; ESR=24 (range 0-20); LDH=233, (R100-190); RF=11 (R 0-13.9) Have osteoarthritis, DM, OSA. asthma, ?

FATIGUE WITH OSA: OSA IS THE ONLY REAL ISUE HERE :: Provigil is cheaper and better tolerated than Nuvigil .Also adderal/Ritalin/Starttera can help. Start a gluten free diet Wholeapproach.com gut bliss.com. If CPAP/BIPAP is poorly tolerated seek ENT CONSULT for UPP/ vs Hyoid suspension. ALSO FOCUS ON WEIGHT LOSS. Topamax (topiramate) can help with sleep and weight loss ...Read more

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Hi! What is the difference between DDD, DJD, osteoarthritis, and spondylosis? I am confused. Thanks Ana, physical therapy student.

Hi! What is the difference between DDD, DJD, osteoarthritis, and spondylosis? I am confused.
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Ana, physical therapy student.

Similar issues: DDD, stands for degenerative disc disease. It is a condition in which the actual cushion between the vertebrae begins to dry out and shrink. DJD stands for degenerative joint disease , a condition in which the bone is beginning to become arthritic and may develop spurs . Another name for that is osteoarthritis. That condition may be age and or activity related. Spondylosis is also interchangeable ...Read more

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Know pain and stiffness pos ANA elevated ESR fatigue family history of RA but dr says it's osteoarthritis does this sound right? Go to rheumo anyways?

Know pain and stiffness pos ANA elevated ESR fatigue family history of RA but dr says it's osteoarthritis does this sound right? Go to rheumo anyways?

See Rheum: Given the elevated ESR and positive ANA i would recommend you see rheum. If you are a 28 yo female you are the "right" age where RA and/or lupus etc. Need to be ruled out. ...Read more

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Seizures mouth ulcers hepatocellular disease low blood count anticardiolipin antibodies 1:80 speckled ANA osteoarthritis spine Si joints LUPUS maybe?

Seizures mouth ulcers hepatocellular disease low blood count anticardiolipin antibodies 1:80 speckled ANA osteoarthritis spine Si joints LUPUS maybe?

Lupus, maybe: I think you may well be right. You should be under the care of a competent rheumatologist. A Coombs test would be in order to see if you have hemolytic anemia. ...Read more

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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

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What can I expect to come next? I've a positive p-anca positive c-anca and positive ana! What does this really mean?

Talk to rheum: You need to consult a rheumatologist . Even though the positive tests point to the presence of vasculitis, by themselves they have no meaning. ...Read more

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What causes a positive ana?

What causes a positive ana?

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

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What causes positive ANA results?

What causes positive ANA results?

Possibly normal: Up to 5% of healthy people may have a low titer ana. Lupus and other autoimmune diseases and sarcoidosis are possiblities. Diagnosis is on the basis of associated findings, not the ANA by itself. ...Read more

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Hiv cause positive ana?

Hiv cause positive ana?

See below: Any viral infection can cause a positive ANA but a large number of patients have a false positive ANA without any identifiable cause. ...Read more

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Will a positive ANA necessairly mean lupus?

No: A positive ANA alone does not make one have lupus. Other criteria must be met to be labeled with lupus. ANA can often be false positives. ...Read more

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How common is a positive ANA in scleroderma?

Common: Ther are some special ANA patterns that are seen depending on what type of scleroderma you have. People with limited scleroderma can have an anti-centromere pattern. People with diffuse scleroderma can have an anti- nucleolar pattern and can also have certain autoantibodies such as scl-70. If you have a scleroderma overlap syndrome you may have other patterns depending on the overlap. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a positive ANA blood test?

What does it mean to have a positive ANA blood test?

Nada without disease: If you do not have a clinical disease or symptoms then it simply means you have a positive test ( maybe 1/3 of the population has a "positive" test). If the titer is very high ( greater than 1:640) you should probably be followed to see if a disease is developing. ...Read more

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What does an ANA positive 1:40 nucleolar pattern mean?

What does an ANA positive 1:40 nucleolar pattern mean?

Probably nothing: Most rheumatologists consider an ANA titer of only 1:40 to really be a negative test. ...Read more

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Can spongiotic dermatitis cause a weakly positive ana?

Can spongiotic dermatitis cause a weakly positive ana?

Not necessarily: About 30% of the us population can have a false positive ana. ...Read more

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I'm ana-positive; could I have lupus without any symptoms?

See a Rheumatologist: This really needs to be discussed with a rheumatologist who can take a complete history and do a physical exam. In addition he or she will need to do additional laboratory tests before making the diagnosis of lupus or ruling it out. ...Read more

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What does a positive ANA screen ifa and dual ANA pattern mean?

ANA : ANA test is a screening test to diagnose auto immune diseases especially lupus. ANA stands for anti nuclear anti bodies directed against nuclear components called antigens. Ifa stands for immuno fluorescent assay .There patterns that develop based on which anti body is directed against which antigen and such patterns are called homogenous , nucleolar etc signifying different disease patterns. ...Read more

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Can taking Flunarizine for a week cause false positive ANA report?

ANA test: In general the ANA test has a high sensitivity. That means that it is a good screening test but is not as specific for a disease. It can be thrown off by other factors yes. Take a look at the many specific antibodies that can be tested on wikipedia. Its best to go based on clinical suspicion when it comes to antibody workups for Lupus or other similar conditions. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ ...Read more

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Can I still donate blood if I have positive ANA with >1:1000 titre?

No: Why is the ANA elevated? You should not donate blood in any event as the ANA has potential to cause issues in the recipient. ...Read more

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If positive ANA titre years ago, could I now have an immune disorder?

May or may not: We all make positive anas buy people with higher titers have a greater chance of having an autoimmune disease. The ANA is also found is a lot of other conditions especially people who have had allergic reactions. You may or may not develop an immune disorder. Your evaluation will look into these possibilities. ...Read more

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Positive ANA 1:160. Reflex cascade negative. How important is reflex cascade?

Test: Rheumatologic conditions are truly made by clinical evaluation, as tests often false positives. Hopefully under care of rheumatologist. They have clinical experience to know what's real and what isn't. It takes good clinical history, tests may or may not help, as tests don't make diagnosis, clinical judgement by physician does. What is problem? Lupus?. Confide in physicians clinical judgement not. ...Read more

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Disease processes associated with a high positive ANA other than autoimmune disorders?

Positive ANA: Conditions that can result in an elevated ANA include autoimmune disorders, certain drugs, uncommon infections, chronic lung or liver disease, kidney failure, ultraviolet light therapy, malignancy, pregnancy, and false positive/lab error. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Ana test results question - how many people have ANA positive but don't ever get lupus?

Age and gender: Positive ANA test is commoner in older people and women. Up to 25% of the people may have positive ANA test at some time or the other. Only 0.1-0.15% of the population has systemic lupus. ...Read more

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Would a negative ANA rule out lymphoma? Does lymphoma cause a positive ANA test result?

It does not: At your age, if you have lymphoma it's probably Hodgkin's. ANA really has nothing to do with malignant lymphoma. If you're worried about big lymph nodest, trust me -- lymphoma nodes are obviously very abnormal. Best wishes, and I hope you'll always stay actively involved with your health. ...Read more

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Could I still have type 2 autoimmune pancreatitis with a negative IgG4 but a positive ANA?

Non-specific test r: esults! ANA is a test for anti-nuclear antibodies and can be read as positive in a number of auto-immune diseases. You don't even know whether you have a problem with your pancreas yet and if so what is causing it. You should sit down with a good internist, maybe a good gastroenterologist,maybe a good rheumatologist and figure out what is going on. ...Read more

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Osteoarthritis (Definition)

Common degenerative problem of cartilage and joints. Wear and tear to a point that the joint no longer can keep up with depositing fresh cartilage and the joint space thins, bone becomes exposed and pailful, bone spurs ...Read more