Posted 10 May 2008 - 09:16 AM
Sorry for posting so many questions, but thanks so much for your answers!!!
Posted 10 May 2008 - 12:08 PM
Posted 10 May 2008 - 12:20 PM
You can deprive the body but the soul needs chocolate
my HMO makes me wear a helmet...
Posted 10 May 2008 - 04:27 PM
My rheumatologist may be wrong, but she said that the level of ANA does not have a correlation to the severity of your condition.
Hope this helps & GOOD LUCK,
Posted 10 May 2008 - 05:33 PM
I found this article on our antibodies page.
Definition of Antinuclear antibody.
It states "ANAs indicate the possible presence of autoimmunity...ANAs are found in patients with a number of autoimmune diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjogren syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, polymyositis, scleroderma, Hashimoto thyroiditis, juvenile diabetes mellitus, Addison disease, vitiligo, pernicious anemia, glomerulonephritis, and pulmonary fibrosis. "
Mine has stayed stable and was only used to indicate autommune, but nothing else.
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Posted 11 May 2008 - 02:36 AM
I answered to this but in your previous question path....
My family doctor told me that the ANA test is the most unreliable because it can read false which is why they need to rely on other symptoms to diagnose diseases as well (that blood test by itself is not enough to diagnose scleroderma).
I'm not sure what type of ANA you were tested for but my understanding is that the centromere pattern points to System Scleroderma Limited/CREST and the SC1-70 points to Systemic Scleroderma Diffuse. Different patterns can refer to different diseases as far as I know. I read that the normal range for ANA is 1:40, although some say it is 1:60...so anything higher than that should likely be investigated further to see what's going on (ie, autoimmune problem maybe or whatever?).
I could be wrong, but I don't think the ANA itself has anything to do with the internal involvement or joint problems...I think it just points to the type of disease?? I know that I was told there was no need to run that ANA test again on me...even if it changes, because it in itself is not 100% factual anyway. The other symptoms are the pieces really, that's when the puzzle fits (so to speak).
Hope that helps?
I see now that it looks like we are all on the same wavelength...that's it's an indicator of autoimmune diseases only.