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#1 jillatk

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Posted 03 March 2009 - 06:00 PM

Well I finally asked my doctor to send me a copy of my blood results so I know what they are talking about. So here are the results: ANA titer 1:10240 Scl70 31 Anti-Centromere B Antibodies 328. The other numbers are all in normal range.

I know none of you are doctors, but any feedback about how scary those results are would be helpful in putting my mind at ease. At first glance they look pretty alarming.

Jill

#2 Amanda Thorpe

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Posted 03 March 2009 - 10:54 PM

Hello Jill

I know that someone else will come in with what you're actually asking for, an explanation as to what the numbers actually mean because I can't help you there.

What I wanted to say is bear in mind blood tests are only an indicator and are not the be all and end all. Many people with sclero such as myself have a negative ANA so on that basis our blood tests tell us very little really.

I know that at this stage everything can be alarming especially if taken in isolation so try and view the results in the wider context.

You'll get more factual posts from other shortly I've no doubt.

Take care.

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#3 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 04 March 2009 - 03:13 AM

Hi Jill,

As it happens, I have no medical training at all; about the only medical thing I can read and understand is a thermometer. :lol:

But fortunately we do have a large section on Antibodies that I suspect might become your special interest today. Bear in mind that blood tests can possibly indicate some things, but many antibodies can occur in perfectly healthy people, as well; and ANA and ACA are common in people with Raynaud's. Also, antibodies can come and go, and raise and lower. A fair percentage of people with scleroderma do not have any antibodies, so although they can sometimes be indicators or confirm the disease in the presence of multiple symptoms, they are not a be-all and end-all, nor a crystal ball, just in themselves.

With that little pep talk in mind, take 90mg of Anti-Confusion Pills plus 60mg of What-Me-Worry tablets, and hie thee to the Antibodies section.
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