ANA Positive, What's Next?
Last updated: August 2023
I've been experiencing lupus symptoms for a while now.
Growing list of symptoms
It started with itchy skin, followed by joint pain and inflammation that gradually became more frequent. I began experiencing extreme fatigue, making it challenging to get through the day. I've consulted with various doctors about these symptoms—fatigue, joint and muscle pain, brain fog, and mouth sores —and at times, I felt like I was losing my mind.
Finally, I underwent testing, and I just viewed my results online. My ANA test came back positive, with ANA titers of 1:160 and 1:640, showing a speckled pattern and a nucleolar pattern. Now, I'm eagerly awaiting my doctor's appointment to discuss the results.
Have there been things you have learned along your lupus journey that you wish had been explained to you by a healthcare provider earlier?