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Low vitamin b12 and positive test for lupus antibody

Discussion in 'Introduce yourself' started by LuvnDbeach, Jul 12, 2020.

  1. LuvnDbeach

    LuvnDbeach New Member

    Hi everyone,
    I haven’t been officially diagnosed with Lupus yet. I just got my test results from my bloodwork and the dr said I tested positive for the lupus antibody. Also, my vitamin b12 was very low and I had to get a shot. Never had that happen before. I am going to schedule an appt with a rheumatologist once my insurance ok’s it first. I don’t have any symptoms of lupus. My question is: does having a positive antibody for lupus mean you definitely have it?
     
  2. Jessica1

    Jessica1 Moderator

    Hello and welcome to the forum!

    Are you referring to the ANA test? There are many doctors who go by this to diagnose Lupus but as you'll see from this: page: https://www.thelupussite.com/lupus_diagnosis_tests/blood_tests.html

    there are many tests that should be carried out along with taking note of medical history and ongoing symptoms. It's possible to have a positive ANA without having Lupus and for someone with Lupus to have a negative ANA. The anti-ds-ianti-ds- DNA is specific to Lupus.

    There is a criteria for diagnosis which can be found on this page of the main site:
    https://www.thelupussite.com/lupus_diagnosis_tests/diagnosing_lupus.html

    It's good that you're going to see a rheumatologist as they are the professionals to diagnose, preferably one who specialises in autoimmune conditions.

    I hope this helps and that your appointment goes well. One more page to help you to prepare for the appointment, it helped me when I had mine:
    https://www.thelupussite.com/lupus_diagnosis_tests/first_doctors_visit.html
    Take care,
    Jess.
     
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  3. lazylegs

    lazylegs Moderator

    Welcome to the site.

    Jess gave you plenty of good information to digest. I just wanted to say hi and try not to worry at this point especially since you have no symptoms. It is possible for you to show positive if another family member has an autoimmune disease such as Rheumatiod Arthritis. A good rheumatologist should be able to sort it all out.

    Take care,
    Lazylegs
     
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  4. LuvnDbeach

    LuvnDbeach New Member

    Thank you so much Jess and lazylegs. I appreciate all of the information. ☺️
     
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  5. Surferboy

    Surferboy Registered

    Welcome LuvnDbeach. LuvnDname.... I'll know grab my coat :rolleyes::lol:
     
  6. Surferboy

    Surferboy Registered

    'now', even
     

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