For 8 years my GP said I have fibromyalgia but is now swaying towards RA she said some results indicate yes some no ?
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Can anyone please help me with these results?? For 8 years my gp said I have fibromyalgia but is now swaying towards RA she said some results indicate yes some no ?? I’ve no idea what they mean but I’ve so much pain everyday
Hello, Cheryl. Your reports show these results:
ANA is Negative
ESR is mildly elevated
CRP is mildly elevated
ANA is not specific for a disease but can be used as a screening marker for many autoimmune disease, however we can’t depend on ANA solely to diagnose such diseases because it can be negative in the same time the patient suffering from whole body’ pain.
Thus Negative ANA doesn’t exclude that you carrying autoimmune disease.
ESR and CRP tell how extensive the inflammation you have but also they can’t indicate a specific disease, rather they are mildly increased while in most autoimmune disease show markedly elevated (i.e. ESR 100).
I can tell that nowadays there’s an accurate test called “The FM/a Test” that’s 99% accurate for Fibromyalgia which eliminate the confusion.
Also, There’s a more accurate and specific test for Rheumatoid Arthritis called “Anti-CCP antibodies“.