A 51-year-old female asked:
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can one have seronegative polymyalgia rheumatica + giant cell arteritis? alll the typical symptoms but blood tests were normal yet on 5mg pred by then

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Yes: The sed rate is sometimes done wrong by labs and I am not sure I would trust the C-reactive protein. If your temporal arteries are tender, treat in spite of labs. If you were already on prednisone, then there's no wonder the labs were within reference range. Judgement plays a big role in managing rheumatologic disease despite a plethora of labs.
Answered on May 31, 2016
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