Negitive ana test
ok this is all so confusing to me. I had a positive ana last hear when I was in a bad flare. I was diagnosed with lupus but it was not by a rheumy doctor. I did go to a rhuemy dr he disagreed with the dr that diagnosed me with lupus and the dr that diagnosed me decided that he would treat me for the lupus I was put on plauqlin 200 mg and solu medrol injections once a month. Easier on my diabetes. So I had a ana test last week it came back negative, but was told that it could turn back positive, now the doctor that did the test is a specialist in lupus, that's all he does. so is the fact that I am not in a bad flare the reason for a negative ana. It is all confusing to me.
Does anyone else have this issue. It keeps going from positive to negative. how can that be and why is it that if it goes to negative that some doctors want to say that you don't have lupus but if it changes they say that you do. I hope someone understands what I am saying about this. I am so confused
Some doctors stop taking an ANA test once it come back positive for the exact reason that you are talking about. ANA's change in most of us. They can be worse when in a flare and they can get better because we are feeling better or because our meds are working. One thing that is not understood by many people is that lupus symptoms are cumulative, meaning that they add on top of each other. You don't have to have your symptoms at one time you just have to have enough, over time, to get a diagnosis.
So, the ANA thing is normal. I wouldn't even pay any attention to the results from now on. Once it has been there it really tells you nothing
Thats what I was thinking. I didn't think that it was anything to really worry about. Plus we do think that the meds I am currently taking are working. Our plan is to stay right where I am and keep doing what I am doing.
I was diagnosed by my first rheumy, but I fired him soon after, because, well that's another story.
When I started seing my present rheumy, he right away said, that another ANA was not nessecary because we already know, that I have lupus.
I think any good rheumy would rely on the first positive ANA.
It is good, that you have a smart doctor, who keeps you on your meds.