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Hi I have been referred to a rheumologist with joint pains, flare ups of all over pain, low grade fever and fatigue. She suspects rheumatoid arthritis or possibly lupus and I am awaiting results of further tests. My initiatial blood tests are positive for ANA, inflamatory markers are raised, however I have also tested postive for p ANCA, which my doctor did not explain but through my own research I understand that this test is used to diagnose vasculitis? I had not heard of this before and to be honest what I have read on line is fairly scary. I would really appreciate it if someone knows if this result always means that you have vasculitis and if so what this really means ? I am due to see my rheumatologist in a couple of weeks but not knowing driving me crazy and I am really worried.
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