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    lupus or not?
    channelgrace posted:
    I just came from the doctor where I went for "confirmation" of a positive ANA test I received from my doctor. This doctor today told me that the repeat ANA was negative but the dsDNA test was positive, a 15 - with 5-10 being positive for autoimmunity. I have been having a great deal of pain in my hands, thumbs especially, and even underwent hand surgery last year hoping it would help. I only had the pain in that hand at the time. Now I have pain in both, with the one that was operated on now locking - trigger finger they call it I guess. I don't have other symptoms like a rash. My symptoms are only in my joints and hands/tendons and I am tired a lot. It is extremely frustrating because I feel like something is attacking my body and I can't seem to find out for sure what the problem is and how to stop it. This new doctor gave me something that is supposed to treat lupus, although he did say he couldn't give me a lupus diagnosis because i don't have many of the relevant symptoms. what a puzzling disease this is! My question is: what else could this be that gives me these positive lab results, and the tendon/joint pain? I've been looking on the web and came up with a couple of things that don't match at all so I am hoping I can get some suggestions here. Thanks for your help.
    channelgrace responded:
    also, I am 51 female and have been in good health until the last couple of years. In 2005 I had a partial thyroidectomy to remove a cold nodule but the thyroid hormones are okay by lab tests. another question is that i work in science, in an infectious disease lab so this is concerning to me as well, will i have to stop working at this company or not...not sure what to think as this is all a surprise.
    pennbird responded:
    Same thing happened to me. Neg ANA pos DNA. Recently done again post ANA and post DNA 8 -indeterminate. Sed rate and CRP normal.

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