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Hi and welcome to the board. Like Katharine said, there are some of us who have NEVER had a positive ana test. EVER. I am positive on more specific tests, but the ana is elusive. SO, I get really irritated when doctors put all their eggs in the basket of ana and don't look any further. The ACR criteria lists that meeting 4 of 11 symptoms constitutes a diagnosis of sle. It does not list ana plus 3 or more, only that meeting 4 or more of 11 symptoms = sle.

I don't envy you your fall schedule.
 
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