I don't have lupus - at least I don't think I do,never looked into it properly to be honest - but thought I'd post this on the lupus board as I know ANA testing is often connected to lupus and someone here might be able to help me understand. I normally post on the Thyroid board as I suspect that is what is wrong with me. I'm still undiagnosed but have climbing tsh and thyroid antibodies which might indicate Hashimoto.
A few weeks ago my mother found my medical records from my childhood. I used to live in Italy at that time but I am now living in the UK. When I was 12 years old I developed a low grade fever,tiredness,fatigue.This was a couple of months after I'd had mumps. They tested lots of different things and amongst them there was this ANA 1:80 weak positive - speckled. I know that ANA is to test autoimmune diseases but what I don't understand is why I was just sent of my merry way if it came back positive. Was it perhaps that it was a weak positive? Anyone had similar results?
The conclusion of all the tests was that I had a fever that they couldn't explain and that it would pass on its own...and it did. But now I am left wondering if it meant anything. I don't think I have had ANA tested since then so I might try to get my gp to test it to see if it's anything different over 25 years later!
Any help would be much appreciated