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My bloodwork came back today...

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And was ANA positive. I guess this just solidifies what we already knew based on my symptoms. I am feeling optimistic about beginning the MTX, and hoping that we can get it into remission soon.

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Hi Kelsie

 

I'm pleased to hear that you've had the results of your blood tests. :)

 

I can empathise with you as I felt very much more relieved and positive when I actually found out what I had wrong with me and I felt I had a legitimate reason for having felt so ill.

 

I have tested positive for the AntiPM/Scl and IgG antibodies and my blood tests showed antibodies with the speckled nucleolar pattern. I have to admit that it gave me a lot of pleasure googleing details and pictures of antibodies such as mine when I was first diagnosed ( I'm probably a bit sad though and need to get out more!! :rolleyes: :lol: ) as I was very keen to find out as much as I could about Scleroderma. I've found that knowledge of this bizarre disease helps me to come to terms with it! ;)

 

I'm glad you're feeling positive about taking Methotrexate; I'm on Azathioprine and Prednisolone and as soon as I started on my medication I felt much better, so I'm hoping you will have the same result! :VeryHappy:

 

Do keep us posted!


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Hello Kelsie

 

I hope you find the methotrexate helpful, I've been on it for about 2 years now I think. It can cause side effects like nausea and fatigue but they can wear off so don't be discouraged if you have any initially. I started methotrexate having developed unbearable side effects on mycophenolate and so far so good!

 

Take car nd keep posting.


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Thanks for all of the support :)

 

Is there a reason why some people have bloodwork that comes back positive and some people's bloodwork comes back negative?

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Hi Kelsie

 

It does seem to be a rather bizarre situation that people who have many of the recognisable symptoms and to all intents and purposes have Scleroderma, also have their blood tests come back negative. I know this applies to quite a few of our members.

 

I'm no doctor, but the only thing I can think is that this is another peculiar phenomenon of this very complex disease. :unsure:


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Hi Kelsie,

 

Yes, finally getting a name for your symptoms, even the name scleroderma, does provide some relief. It also gives you validation.

 

I have known some people who have all the symptoms but no positive on the blood test. Often they are told it's a connective tissue disorder.

 

I also hope the methotrexate is the right drug for you. Keep us posted and we'll be thinking of you.

 

Robyn

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