Hello Everyone, I was diagnosed withFibromyalgia in '05, a few months ago, after some routine bloodwork, my results came back ANA positive. This caused even more testing for Lupus(which I have been tested twice before). Those results came back negative as with the Arthritis panel nd every othe tet my Rheumatologists could throw at me. His final diagnosis(for now) is Fibromyalgia ANA positive. Is there anybody else out there who s ANA positive? Can anyone define this better? All I know is Pain, Pain , Pain
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The ANA test detects the auto-antibodies present in an individual's blood serum. The common tests used for detecting and quantifying ANAs are indirect immunofluorescence and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). In immunofluorescence, the level of auto-antibodies is reported as a titre. This is the highest dilution of the serum at which auto-antibodies are still detectable. Positive auto-antibody titres at a dilution equal to or greater than 1:160 are usually considered as clinically significant. Positive titres of less than 1:160 are present in up to 20% of the healthy population, especially the elderly. Although positive titres of 1:160 or higher are strongly associated with autoimmune disorders, they are also found in 5% of healthy individuals. Auto-antibody screening is useful in the diagnosis of autoimmune disorders and monitoring levels helps to predict the progression of disease.
If one become ANA positive it's one of the first signs to the doctors that you may have an autoimmune disease.
Also an ANA test tells doctors to what degee/serious your disease is.
Finally, it gives the doctors a number to go by. for example if you test is positive and the number is high then that's the degree of inflammation within your body.
Also, this is the tricky part of an ANA test not everyone who test positive has an auto immune disease such as fibromyalgia or lupus.
I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia right after my son was born 21 years ago, it was not until Jan. of 2011 that I had a positive ANA. A lot of people with fibromyalgia have a pos. ANA, but it does not mean you have lupus. 0-99 is negative, 100-a little over is a false positive. I was at 228, which is a definite positive. My grandmother also had lupus. It is always Pain,Pain,Pain, and more Pain. I had been tested many times in the past and had always came up negative, until 2011 that is. Hope this helps. Sorry for your pain try and hang in there.
Get a Lyme disease test I'm in the process 1of two ANA positive neural surgeon is checking dont give up find a Dr who will take care of you I have never been tested till now make sure test is credible too many false negatives fibromyalgia has a lot of the same symptoms that's what they say I have but didn't believe I did good luck!
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