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Tested ana positive what does that mean?
I've been feeling tired weak and sore for the last few weeks. I had some bloodwork done and the doctor said I was ana positive. She said to wait two weeks and if I was still feeling this way she refered me to a rhumatologist. She asked if there was a family history of lupus or rhumatoid arthritis etc (not that I know of). She didn't mention it and I was kind of nervous to bring it up but the first thing that came to mind when she said autoimmune was hiv. if that was a possibility would she have mentioned it? And is it a possibility? The copy of the blood test is all jargon to me. I've been pretty carefull but not knowing what it is has made me quite nervous. If anyone has any insight on positive ana test I would greatly appriciate it.
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First of all lupus and rheumatoid arthritis are autoimmune diseases where your immune system is over active and confused. HIV/AIDS is an immunodeficiency. They are opposites. They have nothing to do with one another. The ana is an antinuclear antibody test. Cells live and cells die. When cells die, the debris ends up in your blood. Each cell has a nucleus. A positive antinuclear antibody means you make antibodies to the debris of the nucleus of dead cells. Most people don't make those. Autoimmune people might make them.10 million Americans have a positive ANA. Only 1.5 million have lupus. Of the 1.5 million who have lupus, 2-3% have a negative ANA. In lupus, once you have a positive ANA the next think is the titer. If it is speckled it is more likely to be lupus. Different autoimmune diseases have different patterns. Many people have a positive ANA and no disease at all. The older you get, the more likely you are to have a positive ANA.Do not be nervous to bring things up to your doctor. It's your body, your life, and your health. You and the doctor have to be partners in figuring out what is bothering you. The doctor is not God and the doctor is not a parent. You pay the doctor to provide services. One of those services is answering your questions. If you do have an autoimmune disease, it is a good thing to be diagnosed. This means you and your doctor can take steps to stop or minimize potential damage. Note: I am 59. I have lupus with organ involvement. I have a very full and wonderful life. If you do have lupus, freaking out will make it worse. Stop.


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