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SED Rate 46

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 19, 2007
  • 02:09 AM

I've been going to doctor after doctor trying to figure out why my SED Rate is elevated. My SED Rate was first tested in October of 06 and it was 27; then again in December and it was 32. Now just a few weeks ago, it came back 46. I've been tested for everything. But I'm heading in the right direction. I know that the SED Rate is a marker for infection/inflammation and mine is not infection. My WBC is absolutely normal. My PCP doesn't know what more to do with me. I asked him to send me to a rheumatologist and that is in the works. But I just feel like that is going to be another dead end as well. Anybody out there know much about SED Rates?
My symptoms are: Very anxious; hot/facial flushing; cold hands and feet; my back aches only in the muscles above the shoulder blades; I have a low grade fever (99. to 100 on any given day); headaches daily; heart palps (being treated by beta blocker); my ribs (left side only) under my breast and to the right are very tender and sometimes are very crampy and painful. Heat or a muscle relaxer seems to help. My PCP thought is just to medicate, medicate, medicate. I'm sick of that. I'm sick of pills. I'm only 31. Everything in my blood comes back good except that SED Rate and my C-Reactive Protein level was also elevated. This is also a marker for inflammation. Any suggestions?????

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  • Here's a great link on elevated SED rates. It can be a springboard for you to check out some of the things listed there. Good luck. http://www.webmd.com/hw/lab_tests/hw43353.asp
    Janet S 10 Replies
    • January 19, 2007
    • 11:35 AM
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  • See the Rheumatologist. From your symptoms you might have something called Polymyalgia Rheumatica which typical presents with neck and shoulder pain, as well as non specific pain and stiffness in other areas, elevated ESR and a general overall ill feeling.
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  • See the Rheumatologist. From your symptoms you might have something called Polymyalgia Rheumatica which typical presents with neck and shoulder pain, as well as non specific pain and stiffness in other areas, elevated ESR and a general overall ill feeling.Don't diagnose. PMR typically is in age 65 and older so that is not it. Keep on the trail with good physicians, rheumatology is a good way to start.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 18, 2009
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  • I, too, have a chronically high SED rate and my doctors have not been able to find the cause despite numerous tests. It has been consistently very high in multiple tests over the last two years. My C-Reactive Protein test was also elevated. Even the rheumatologist was a dead end (as far as explaining the SED rate, at least). I am seeing a new one next month to get a second opinion. My other symptoms are different than yours, though, other than a couple items. I'm also in my early 30s. Have you have found anything out in the 3 years since your original post?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 19, 2009
    • 06:28 AM
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