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aw3sk3r
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Does anyone have any info on the relation of ANA's and Lyme? My doctor says that my ANA levels were abnormally high along with my RA factor.

Thanks!

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Rianna
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You can often see many raised auto immune and antibody responses when having Lyme - You can often see people suddenly develop Thyroid antibodies (TgAB & TPO) ANA etc.

ANA is raised in Lupus although that is normally confirmed via a second DNA ANA test

So personally I had and still have a raised ANA (but negative for lupus) since contracting lyme plus many other raised auto immune responses, I assume its where the immune system is in a continual over drive so it starts making antibodies and auto immune responses to so many things - effectively attacking itself.

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I think the term "auto-immunity" is a misnomer. Our immune systems are actually attacking real infections (of the CWD type). The rest of "us" just gets caught in the crossfire.
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Great, I believe the over reacting immune system make a good deal of sense... Lyme can be sooo devious...

Thanks

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I've had a high + ANA for over 13 yrs.
Dx with Lyme last Aug
Dx with Lupus April 2007

The mystery continues.....

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[ 04. April 2008, 06:16 PM: Message edited by: savebabe ]

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My ANA recently became elevated. The LLMD that ran the test believed that the immune system was going to the center of the cells and attacking a pathogen.


His theory was that the malarone I was on was killing something. I dunno

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My NA has been the Only thing that showed up
on Any test that was done on me -

This was 20 yrs ago but I think it was high
from what I can remember --Jay--

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fyi, i sent savebabe a PM advising since this was a PM she posted, it can NOT be access by us except for herself.

now if she wants to block/copy whatever here to the board, she can do that... [Wink]

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