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Esr Blood Lab Test
My ESR was 22, i'm getting a little worried. I had bacterial vagonisis at the time of test. Should i be concerned? All other labs normal.
Not with this,,,: Esr typically is associated with joint diseases like lupus and/or other inflammatory diseases like temporal arteritis, which occurs in a person'a mid 40s. It's also higher in women and although it's elevated, it's not too high and has practically nothing to do with your bacterial vaginitis which is more of an infectious issue and hopefully you've been treated. If not, see your dr.. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If ESR is not accurate, then what lab test should I need for monitoring my inflammation in the colon?
How you feel: Take it from this pathologist -- the way you feel is probably a better guide than any lab. The labs done for inflammatory bowel disease are proliferating and folks still argue about them. An occasional CBC will pick up early anemia, and chemical profile alert may alert with a low Albumin or low serum iron / high tibc. But no lab will ever take the place of "how do you feel?" stay pro-active! ...Read more
My mother is 45 years old and she has pain in her knees and legs. and lab test redults showed that uric acid is 5.6 and ESR is 83 per first hour. I m?
I would get your: mother checked out right away. Serum uric acid is never really helpful. The differential diagnosis for bilateral knees pain are broad, gout, pseudogout, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, etc. Less common will be septic joint arthritis, lyme, malignancy, etc. History and physical exam and joint tap are all essential. Hard to draw any conclusion without those. ...Read more
Nonspecific finding: An elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) is a very nonspecific marker of inflammation. There are many not very serious causes of elevation - it is often used to rule out conditions that cause it to go up, but if it is elevated and there is nothing else wrong, then watchful waiting is the usual course. You should discuss what might be causing it to be elevated with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It all depends....: On what the ordering physician wanted for labs. You could discuss what tests your physician ordered and why s/he ordered them. ...Read more
Nerve studies: Typically, if the history and symptoms are suspicious for CIDP, your doc will have you undergo electrodiagnostic studies like electromyography where there are specific findings that point toward confirming the diagnosis. Sometimes you will also have a lumbar puncture to study the cerebrospinal fluid and a nerve biopsy. These are all more diagnostic than blood tests. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer