Get tested FOR SURE!! Doctors have said that ANA level and antibodies present do not always correlate with disease activity, or severity. So if one day you test a tire of 1:640, and the next month a 1:160, you may be feeling 100 times more miserable then you were during the first round of bloodwork. Through the years, of countless bloodwork, I've only had abnormal levels twice. Right now, I'm still waiting for a diagnosis. My rheum did bloodwork after my most recent abnormal results, and everything came back normal. Funny thing is, I was feeling a million times worse when that blood was taken then when it was done a month prior when I was feeling mostly normal, just the usual ache.
Remember.. Autoimmune disease and the study is still not an exact science.. They don't know why these things flucuate and why they don't always match up to symtoms, flares and remissions. My mom always says that this is why the call medicine a 'practice'.
You never know if Tuesday is gonna be the day your antibodies want to dance around like crazed drunks and show up on bloodwork. Then again they may be in hybernation because they are mental idiots who enjoy making your life even more complicated and making you look crazy hehehe : )
"Rule number one is, don't sweat the small stuff. Rule number two is, it's all small stuff."
Dx: Potential Lupus, Diffuse Systemic Sclerosis, Mixed Connective Tissue Disease
Rx: Prednisone 5mg 1x daily, Lyrica 75mg 2x daily, Omeprazole 200mg 1x daily, Xanax .5mg prn