Im not feeling the best today so Im sorry in advance if what I say doesnt make sense.
My understanding of ANA is that 1:80 is about borderline positive. Mine was very high at 1:2600. The ANA levels show the level of antibodies you have attacking YOU. The high dose steriods will knock you system out, which means it cant be attacking you. Once its under control you slowly go down on it. I was on 36mg and I did have a lot of unpleasant side effects but once my system was getting better from them my doctor let me start going down on them. I wouldnt have traded that treatment for anything because I dont know that I would have gotten much better without them. As far as being to young to have lupus, Im only 18 lol I've officially had it since I was 16. Lupus doesnt care how old you are or where you are in life. I would ask your rheum what all your lab results are and ask what side effects you may have from any meds your on.
"A bad cold wouldn't be so annoying if it weren't for the advice of our friends."~ Kin Hubbard
Diagnosed: SLE, Raynauds, InterstitialLung Disease, GERD, Myositis, Vasculitis, Possible Sjogrens.
Medications: 400mg Plaquenil, 2000mg Cellcept, 10mg Norvasc, Nitroglycerin Patch, 20mg Prilosec, 10mg Flexeril, 4mg Medrol, 81mg Asprin.