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Bloodtest confusion Anti-sm positive

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Hi all,


I'm fairly young, 23 years old . I DO NOT have scleroderma, but I had blood work done a few months ago when I got nerve like shooting pains down my arms and legs while studying for exams my last year of university. Here were my results : ANA positive at 1:320 ; Diffuse/homogenous pattern and Anti-Smith Positive at 1.3. I think these weird symptoms were mostly due to stress because my best friend had died from leukemia and just 1 week later, my aunt died as well. This took a toll on me and I was very depressed and stressed. I know stress is highly correlated to the immune system. My primary doctor said I should see a rheumatologist , so I went to see my mom's rheumatologist (my mom does have fibromyalgia and celiac disease). My rheumatologist said not to worry as I don't even show signs like Raynauds, etc.


My question is, how worried should I be?


I'm fairly healthy, I run a lot (not so recently however due to busy life) and I also maintain a healthful diet. 

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Hi Omer,


Welcome to these forums!


I'm sorry to hear that you've had worrying blood test results. For information about blood test results, please see our sticky here. Anti-sm positive antibodies can be an indication of  lupus; however, any queries regarding your blood tests should be directed to your rheumatologist, as he is the best person to advise you about them.


Kind regards,


Jo Frowde

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