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Positive ANA

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 26, 2006
  • 07:45 PM

Hi , on Nov. 4 I suffered from a severe muscle spasm on my back that lasted for over 1 hour. Since that day I have had back pain and rib pain it's so bad I feel short of breath . I get out of bed in the middle of the night and feel as if part of my back is fussed. I feel like if something is their, it's on both sides of my spine. My doctor sent me for x-rays which didn't show anything more than muscle spasms, but my ANA came back positive. I've also had nausea every day, just as if I were pregnant , which I'm not. I have abd. pain . My gallbladder was removed almost six years ago. All of my liver profile test came back negative. I've become forgetfull over the last few years, and more and more irritable. I have a 2 year old and 5 year old and never have energy to do anything with them . I was prescribed muscle relaxers which I will sometimes take @ night but they only help me fall asleep not really relieve my aches. Does anyone think it's more than just muscle spasms?

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  • Did your doctor explain anything to you about the positive ANA test? I believe that could mean Lupus, but I would check with him/her to be sure. You may also want to consult with a Rheumatologist. Good luck.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 27, 2006
    • 05:13 PM
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  • I, too got a positive ANA over a year ago and it turns out it's not totally indicative of Lupus. After many, many tests...MRI, spinal tap, nerve tests, I finally went to an endocrynologist who did more advanced tests and diagnosed me with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. The inital tests missed it, so I encourage you to pursue more advanced, sensitive tests. I am finally on some medication and suppliments, which seem to be helping. Look over the symptoms and see if they apply. There are tons of conditions like this which have several crazy symptoms that many doctors miss. Try this site, I find it pretty thorough. http://thyroid.about.com/blthyroid.htm Good luck!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 4, 2006
    • 04:33 PM
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  • Unfortunately, the ANA test is not all its cracked up to be. ANA will be positive in a lot of different autoimmune diseases (including Hashimoto's and Lupus, but many others as well -- and you can have any of those with a negative ANA as well), so it can help your doctor narrow down the sorts of problems to look into further, but a positive ANA by itself doesn't point to any one disease or condition. Make sure your doctor follows up on the positive ANA with other tests, including the tests for Hashimoto's thyroid disease (TSH and thyroid antibodies at the least). Don't let your doctor just shrug this off -- between your symptoms and the positive ANA, you definitely have something going on.~Ryot
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 4, 2006
    • 08:58 PM
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