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ANA positive, Anticentromere positive, but no symptoms

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Dear Friends,


I am very new to this forum, living in California.


I had a sore throat, joint pain, and fever three weeks ago. I went to the Emergency room, they did some blood work and I came back home. All symptoms disappeared in two days after my ER visit, I only used ibuprofen for it. One of my test came back, that was positive strep throat. My other results come back after a week. It shows positive ANA and positive Anticentromere. 


I have no other symptoms until I started searching the result online, I saw it is related to Crest Syndrome. I was stressed out and started feeling sensation and pain into my fingers. Yesterday had an appointment with rheumatology Doctor. She examined me and asked several questions. She said at this point there is no evidence to show that you have the disease (only my positive blood work), and asked me to repeat the blood work in six months. I don't have any other symptoms, but I have acid reflux in the last 15 years (I am 36 male). My dad also has acid reflux. Is there anyone at this forum to experience the same thing. 


Thank you very much for the reply.


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Hi Jacob,


Welcome to these forums!


I'm sorry to hear that you've had worrying symptoms and positive blood tests. Regarding this, please see our sticky thread here. As you will see from that thread, it is quite possible to have positive blood tests and yet never go on to develop full blown scleroderma. This is probably why your rheumatologist has suggested waiting to see if anything further comes to light, which could help with a more definite diagnosis.


I've included a link to our medical page on CREST (aka limited scleroderma) to give you some more information.


Kind regards,

Jo Frowde

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Hi Jacob, 


I am a 23 year old female with the same antibodies and asymptomatic! I figured all this out about 10 months ago, and I'm still fine. Since your GERD was already present for many years, I doubt it relates to the antibodies. My mom has terrible GERD - so that can be a genetic thing. I also run a lot, eat really healthy, and what not. I would suggest we stay proactive with our health and not worry too much(even though it can be hard) because we still have a nice long life ahead! I read alot on ACA --- it can occur in individuals with Lupus or other diseases - and sometimes nothing can ever arise from them.


Hope all is well!

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