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Thanks for your question.
Lupus diagnosis needs to meet certain criteria besides positive ANA titer.
Also other autoimmune disorders can cause positive ANA titer as well.
Hence, given the persistent symptoms, you should see a specialist like Rheumatologist for further evaluation.
other possibilities include thyroid disorder, adrenal gland dysfunction, pituitary gland problem in the brain, estrogen and progestin imbalance.
so It is worth it to pursue further to at least rule out lupus or know if that is what is causing my syptoms
yes of course.
you definitely need to see a rheumatologist.
okay thank you based on how my doctor phrased everything she made it seem like it was a false positive and no need to further pursue
no this is not correct.
Given your symptoms, and abnormal result, you do need further evaluation.
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how common is a false positive result
it is possible in 10-20% of cases.
but, this can also be suggestive of an underlying condition.
if the specialist does not find any other findings, then this should be taken as false positive.
But this should not be assumed.
okay thank you ... this helped me make the decision I was waivering back and forth about whether or not to see the rheumatologist and was slightly upset that this was left up to me to decide I appreciate your advice