An ANA is an anti nuclear antibody, it's a test to see if and how much your body is attacking itself. I know nothing about the patterns, but, the numbers tell you how high it is. The first number is always 1, and the second number is how many times your blood can be diluted whilst still being able to see the inflammation/ana. So it's one part blood to however many parts solution.
The numbers double, so they normally start at about 1:20, 1:40, etc. So, I would say that yes, 1:320 is rather high. 1:80 is considered borderline positive, so up from there is most likely positive.
That being said, i'm obviously not the most knowledgeable person, so I would definitely ask your doc about what that means - have them explain it to you, you have questions, and you deserve to know. (:
As those wonderful people before me have said, I would definitely write down any questions or concerns that you have. One thing about both fibro and lupus, is that you might suffer from brain fog - which makes it unbelievably easy to forget simple things you really want to remember. So my suggestion is to sit down and write every question you can think of, and periodically, before your next appointment, add anything else you can think of to that list.
The sad truth is that you'll have to be an advocate for yourself. There are too many doctors + nurses out there who don't treat patients with respect or believe them when they say how sick they are or how much pain that they are in. The first thing I would do is try to educate yourself about your diagnosis', and try to be firm. When it comes down to it, you employ them, and you need proper treatment and deserve a doctor who respects you.
anyways, welcome to the forum! I myself don't have Lupus, but I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, so I can help more with questions of that than the other ^^
I'm glad you've found us, and welcome!
Last edited by Elo; 10-09-2011 at 02:10 AM.
Reason: I say definitely a lot. Had to change that. It was bugging me.
One day at a time, one breath at a time... We can get through this.