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Positive ANA: What might be the cause?

Autoimmune Diseases | Last Active: Jul 11 8:15pm | Replies (25)

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Hello @freedomwarrior and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I hope that others with concerns about mercury toxicity will join in this discussion.

If you care to share more, this might help me to find others who might be dealing with this. You indicated that you had a positive ANA is that correct? You also say that you believe that it is due to mercury toxicity.

Have you been exposed to mercury at some time? Did your doctor test for heavy metals?

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Yes, my ANA is positive and was first discovered in 2018. I saw a rheumatologist who told me that all of my specific autoimmune disease tests were negative.
I had the test repeated in March 2021 and it returned positive, level at 80, nuclear, and homogenous, the same as in 2019.
Quest and the VA heavy metals tests do not differentiate between Mercury types and do not specify which heavy metals their tests involve.
LabCorp’s occupational exposure test returned positive but well below the referenced standard. This test is an acute exposure test.
I found QuickSilver Scientific’s “TriTest” that differentiates between dimethylmercury and Elemental Mercury, and tests blood, hair and urine for burden and excretion.
My test, after three years of chasing affirmation and quantification, returned. It showed positive Methylmercury and Elemental Mercury toxicity plus poor excretion of Elemental Mercury but some excretion of Methylmercury via head hair.
I seek a clinical chelation detoxification because holistic protocol is cost prohibitive for me. I could write a book of my journey to affirmation, but I must care for myself first.
I am certain that there are other people, especially Veterans, that may be Mercury toxic and not know it given the ADA and FDA chronic denial of Elemental Mercury toxicity from Dental Amalgam. Sushi and Sashimi popularity has also increased significantly, and in my case, contributed to my Methylmercury toxicity or accounted for it entirely.
My total Mercury bodily burden is 3.19 ng/mL. The CDC emergent burden value is 10 ng/ml. By QuickSilver’s methodology, the CDC total burden range is 0.038-9.96, derived from 1,938 tested patients. The CDC total burden reference average is 0.833 ng/mL as compared to my 3.19, to demonstrate my toxicity level.
I have not been able to find a toxicity level to symptom comparison, which would be useful for detoxification urgency qualification, quantification, or category, should such exist.
Mercury toxicity is just one of several significant medical concerns and I would rather be diagnosed and treated for them concurrently as two (so far) are of unknown type or origin.
More later..