Morning Shelley, I don't have any pertinent information or suggestions. I can share with you a situation I found myself in the past month.
A month ago, I went a Podatrist for aching feet and newly forming bunions. She asked about medical history and I told her dad had RA, mom has gout, son has UCTD and I was told years ago that I have osteoarthritis. Well, she told me I was getting bunions because my feet are becoming flat due to the arthritis and she wanted to run blood work. I told her my previous RA panel and ANA was negative 3 yrs ago.
Well, the RA panel is still negative but the ANA is now positive; homogenous pattern with nuclear dots. Being well versed in ANA, I look up and find that is usually seen in (PBC)primary biliary cirrhosis. Wait a minute; I went in for my feet ! Primary care physician sends me to gastro doc (Gareth's doc) and she assured me it's probably a false positive. I was okay with that, having learned from all of you guys. Anyways, on to additional blood work with complete liver profile, etc. That did all come back within normal range, thank goodness for that. BUT, ANA is still positive, this time with speckled pattern! She has me set up for abdominal ultrasound in two weeks, just to be REALLY sure there is no liver issues. But, suggested next stop be Rheumatologist IF I have other medical signs of autoimmune disease, which she knows I am well aware of.
So, yes to the positive ANA two times, but no to RA or PBC. And I still have the bunions growing and will have to wear orthotics to slow them down!
Take care, Everyone.
Mom to Gareth, 28 years old, DS/ASD