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Increased ANA, rheumatic disease, and arthritis

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My pain in my knees and hands has caused me to limit some of my everyday activites. I can't even open a 2 liter bottle sometimes becuase my hands hurt so bad. Pain in my knees keeps me up all night. Could this be arthritis? Should I be concerned at 24? I have been athlete all my life!


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replied May 29th, 2007
Arthritis Answer A2797
You wrote: "Current medical status: Had blood panel done when I was pregnant and showed that protien C panel has high and ANA was high (1:640)> my doctor was concerned given previous aches and pains of the knees, hands, elbows and shoulders. Told me to do another blood panel after pregnancy. ANA was 1:320 protien C was now normal. At that time was directed to see Ruemotologist(sp),"

According to the symptoms you describe of pain in the knees, hands, elbows and shoulders plus the lab results (high C-reactive protein and Anti-Nuclear antibodies (ANA)).... you are probably experiencing some type of joint inflammation, or arthritis. The nature of the arthritis is not yet revealed. Your doctor was correct in sending you to a rheumatologist because rheumatic disorders (lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, polyarthritis, dermatomyositis, scleroderma, mixed connective tissue disease or undefined connective tissue disease) must be excluded or confirmed by a specialist. Increased ANA is present in all rheumatic diseases.


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