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Fri, Nov 1 4:44pm · What can cause ANA titre of 1:2560? in Autoimmune Diseases

A recent blood test shows I have an ANA of 1.1280. I’m a 75-year-old woman in otherwise excellent health. I do have an appointment with a rheumatologist and likely will have further testing. I’ve read where high ANA is prevalent in older women. Anyone out there find that to be true and diagnosed as such? Thanks so much for any input!

Fri, Sep 27 2:44pm · Positive ANA and ENA Panel in Autoimmune Diseases

Mayo is sending a kit in the mail to me. !ill have the draw done locally and mail back to Mayo. I know that among testing they ordered is an autoimmune panel, but have no other specifics until I receive the order. Sounds like results could take awhile.
Thank you, Colleen for moving me to the appropriate discussion group!

Thu, Sep 26 5:23pm · Positive ANA and ENA Panel in Autoimmune Diseases

I recently had blood work and my ANA portion came back 1:1280 homogenous. Normal range is 1:80 or less. Mayo is ordering additional testing and an autoimmune panel. Has anyone else experienced an elevated ANA? If so, what did you learn? I am a 74 year old woman in otherwise excellent health, and am told there are many positive ANA readings in older women. Thank you for any enlightenment!

Thu, Sep 12 11:41am · Depression and Anxiety at an older age in Depression & Anxiety

Lisa, the perplexing thing for me is that I don’t need issues to trigger anxiety. It literally comes out of the blue. It’s as if I have a short circuit between my brain and gut. An electrical problem of sorts? But certainly when I have stresses, the anxiety attacks are more frequent. And my symptoms are as you described, only no chest pain.
I am now practicing TM. It is supposed to heal the damaging effects over time. We’ll see.

Mon, Sep 9 4:59pm · Depression and Anxiety at an older age in Depression & Anxiety

Lisa, do you get strong anxiety attacks that come and go, as I do? Or is it a constant feeling of just being on edge? I ask because I’m still sorting among the several types of anxiety disorders to decide exactly where I fit. Geeeeez!

Sun, Sep 8 8:46am · easily becoming stressed in Depression & Anxiety

Thank you one and all for your replies, suggestions and support. I do appreciate it! I’ll certainly share my progress and anything that may work for me in the hope that helps you too!

Tue, Sep 3 5:43pm · Anxiety Issues (with added GERD) in Mental Health

I am only a month into TM, but I feel vastly more relaxed after meditating. You need to be taught the technique by an experienced, qualified TM teacher. The science and research that has gone into this method of healing the nervousness system and maintaining its health, is impressive! You spend 20 minutes twice a day achieving “full consciousness” — a deep relaxed state of physical and mental being. Do research TM and you’ll learn far more than I can share here.

Tue, Sep 3 3:34pm · easily becoming stressed in Depression & Anxiety

I, too, become anxious easily and respond poorly to any kind of stress. My stomach is always in a knot — for no identifiable reason – and I get nauseous. I’m in my 70s now and truly believe my nervous system has become less resilient. My diet and exercise programs are excellent, and I have taken up transcendental meditation. I’m also on 20 mg of Escitalipram (Lexapro). But I still continue to suffer from anxiety attacks.
So I am going to wean off this med and go with natural supplements, plus acupuncture to see if I feel better using that approach. At this point, I’ll try anything!