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03-03-2013, 11:23 AM
Hi my name is Carlene.
I received my test results in the mail yesterday and I don't understand them. I have only been suspected to have lupus. My sister was recently diagnosed with lupus. I was wondering if you can help me to understand the results, I know you can not diagnose me. Below is the results that I have so far.

Rheumatoid Factor: 9 IU/ml Reference Range: <14 IU/ml


DNA (DS) ANTIBODY: 25 IU/ml (H) Reference not given.

Sed Rate: 7mm/hr Reference Range: ( female 0-15mm/1 hr)

Any help you give is appreciated.

Thank you!

03-04-2013, 10:56 AM
I'm not a doctor, and none of us here are qualified to diagnose anybody for anything. You can use google or some other search engine and search on the particular test you're curious about (just be careful doing that, and don't believe everything you read), but the doc is the best person to talk with about the results. He should put the test results with the symptoms and signs from your exam, and then come up with a course of action, if necessary. The ANA test generally is performed in a series of "steps", looking for specific anti-bodies, and when one is over the limit, you get a "positive" result, and the testing of the sample stops. The doc may or may not have the info as to which anti-body caused the "hit". Your dsDNA is usually used in conjunction with the ANA test when the ANA is positive, and would not normally have been run if the ANA was negative, unless the doc ordered it otherwise. Hence, it's best to talk with the doc about it all.

03-04-2013, 11:55 AM
Thank you for your quick reply. My PCP is sending me to a Rheumatologist so I guess I will have to wait until then. :thanks:

03-05-2013, 08:56 AM
I hope he is able to provide you with answers and find a method of treatment that works well for whatever symptoms/issues you are having or have had.

Be well.

03-05-2013, 09:25 AM
Hi and welcome to WHL!

i too must remind you that we are not Drs and we cannot diagnose you but here is a little about the tests you are questioning. More info can be found at http://labtestsonline.org

There is no actual test for lupus so it takes a combination of symptoms, tests and a good doctor to get a diagnosis.

ANA being positive DOES NOT mean that you have Lupus but it is a sign that something is going on and most doctors will send you to a rhuemy with that alone. While many healthy people have a positive ANA at one time or another it, along with symptoms and/or other tests can be a red flag

DNA (DS) is Double Stranded DNA. These are antibodies that attack the DNA. Again, this does not mean you have Lupus but about 50% of Lupus patients have this test come back high.

Your sed rate and rheumatoid factor seem to be normal unless I am reading it incorrectly. Sed rate is a test for inflammation but there are other theists your rhuemy will run when you get there. Looks like this Dr just ran a few basics to see if you needed to see a specialist.

Hope this helps!

03-05-2013, 11:52 AM
Hi Tgal,

I have several things going on. I have Type 1 Diabetes, Polyperipheral Neuropathy, Restless Legs Syndrome.
I've also been having fainting, migraine headaches, falling, balance problems, joint & muscle pain, swollen stiff joints warm to touch, spinal pain, Hot sand like feeling in my eyes, temperatures with no cause, red raised rash at elbow that comes and goes.

My doctor was testing for MS and Lupus. My sister was diagnoised with Lupus this past Janurary.
I hope he can find the source of all of this.

thank you for your post,

03-05-2013, 01:17 PM
I think most of us know what you are going through. Before diagnosis there are already so many problems that you almost feel crazy. I am so glad that you are going to the specialist. Please keep us posted as to what happens