Q Regarding Ana With Centromere Pattern
Posted 26 July 2007 - 02:16 AM
This is my first post and I am in the undiagnosed phase, trying to figure out what is going on with me. I had a mildly positive ANA with a centromere pattern 1:160. So far my symptoms are arthritic and numb fingers, Raynaud's, achy hands, feet and joints; and some burning sensations.
I went to the Rheumatologist yesterday who said she thought I might have lupus. This surprised me since I had read that only 1.9% of people with a centromere pattern had lupus. She said she did not think it was lSSc because my fingers were not all puffed up and my skin was not leathery.
So my question is what would someone with early lSSc expect? I don't really see any change in my skin other then a fine tan,red,white speckling on my forearms that looks fairly normal. Is her approach reasonable? How can I get a diagnose that I can feel confident is correct, and does it make any difference in the early stages of lSSc or Lupus?
Posted 26 July 2007 - 06:04 AM
Welcome to Sclero Forums, we are glad you joined us. It's very hard to get a diagnosis of any sort in the early stages of connective tissue disease. There is a lot of overlap of symptoms between lupus and scleroderma, and it is quite common for scleroderma to be initially diagnosed as lupus (although I'm not sure how often the reverse happens.) But lupus is far more common than scleroderma, so by default it is the more likely suspect.
We have a section about Difficult Diagnosis on our main site, which you may find helpful.
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Posted 26 July 2007 - 09:48 AM
Posted 26 July 2007 - 12:23 PM
I am glad you posted. I think that the Plaquenil should help with the aches, pains and some of the fatigue. My rheumatologist feels that it tends to do good things for several different autoimmune illnesses. I didn't have any side effects that I can think of when I first started Plaq., but every body is different so it is a good idea to journal your symptoms and discuss them with your doctor.
Let us know how things work out.
Posted 26 July 2007 - 01:35 PM
Hi, Crawler and welcome to the ISN Sclero Forums. I tried to answer your post earlier today, but after typing it all out, my system froze and I lost it. What I meant to say has been touched on by Shelley and Erin already. Additionally, here are two other links for you. The first is our page on Autoantibodies in Scleroderma and the second is our page on Systemic Sclerosis: Limited Scleroderma. They should provide you with some of your answers. Keep in mind that ANA results do not necessarily confirm or rule out any particular illness. My own diagnosis is still evolving, but like you, I figure as long as my symptoms are being treated and care is taken to watch for further complications, I don't really care what they call it. We are glad to have you - feel free to add a post to our Getting to Know You thread above.
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Posted 09 August 2007 - 04:28 PM
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Posted 13 August 2007 - 04:37 PM
Oh I am so glad you've started on plaquenil. It will take a month or two to kick in, but it will help with your pain and fatigue. As far as I know it won't do anything for you platelets.
Posted 13 August 2007 - 05:24 PM
I agree with Sweet, Plaquenil probably won't make the numbers change. Time however might. Over a period of 3 or 4 years, (I have lost all track of time), my anti-thyroid antibodies have droped.
Posted 14 August 2007 - 03:34 AM
I thought I had arthritis, and asked for the antibody tests since all of my joints seemed to be effected not just one or two as I would have expected with osteoarthritis.
Posted 15 August 2007 - 08:32 PM
It is my understanding that positive anti centromere antibodies (that you have) are mostly found in limited scleroderma, along with a CREST variant.
The antibody slc 70 is most often found in diffuse scleroderma. doctors can also do a nailfold cappilary test to help determine it it's sclero. So, if your Dr is leaning toward CREST, perhaps she's on the right track. What to watch for in limited sclero is you have a greater chance for PH, although rare, than the diffuse group. The diffuse group has a higher chance of ILD. I got this information from a presentation my Dr. gave, by the way.
If you do not have skin thickening, you could be like me and have sine scleroderma. I have diffuse sine scleroderma (CREST and ILD).
Posted 16 August 2007 - 04:46 AM
I do have a few small patches of skin that look like callus on my face and hands. They don't look like much and don't bother me. Holding a pen or closing my hand hurts and seems to be a combination of skin pulling and joints not moving. As I read the accounts of other patients I get the impression that skin problems are often not the most troublesome symptoms in the beginning.
My Rhuemi has scheduled an echocardiogram and some other lung tests as a baseline, so I think she is doing all the right things.