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Is it necessary to repeat autoimmune testing (e.g. ANA) after about a year

Discussion in 'Diagnostic Guidelines and Laboratory Testing' started by .jm., May 28, 2018.

  1. .jm.

    .jm.

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    I was tested for most autoimmune diseases about a year ago. That would have been only a few months after the onset of fatigue. ANA was negative along with all other tests ordered. Since then, additional symptoms appeared such as a sore throat, dry eyes (I wear contacts and have never had a dry eyes problem in 20 years), and other evolutions of symptoms. Often a sore or dry throat in the morning. Also, my wrists are sometimes sore/stiff feeling -- in particular my right hand after using a trackpad, mouse, driving a long time, shaking it by practicing the african snap, etc.

    While we originally ruled out autoimmune diseases. However, is it necessary to retest a year later to be sure?
     
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    if you have new symptoms then it is always a good idea to have them checked out even if it is only for your piece of mind .unfortunately people with one disease can always end up with more over time . although what you describe as new symptoms will be very familiar to a lot of people with m e .
     
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    I think it is worth re-testing your ANA and can't see any harm or downside to doing this. My ANA had always been negative (1:40) from 2010 to 2015 but then in 2016 I tested positive for several obscure auto-antibodies (in addition to Hashimoto's which I already knew I had). We re-tested the ANA and it was then positive (1:160, speckled pattern) so it can definitely change.
     
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