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High Esr Menopause
The absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. During menopause, the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone. After the complete transition into menopause, women can no longer get pregnant. The average age for menopause is 51 years old. Symptoms include dry vaginal tissue, irregular periods, hot flashes, mood ...Read more
Need more info....: Your question is too vague - how "high" is high? Remember, as doctors we do not just treat a number - we need clinical correlation. What symptoms were you having at the time.? What is the total WBC count? Lymphocyte count? Why were you tested in the first place? The additional info will get you a better answer when you see the doctor face-to-face and have a discussion with him or her. ...Read more
ESR is a marker of: Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) is a marker of inflammation, thus high inflammatory processes cause ESR to be higher. Infections, cancers, uncontrolled rheumatologic diseases, and endovascular inflammation (i.e. Arteritis) are examples. Thus, elevated ESR values suggest inflammatory conditions which should be sought and treated. Esr is not a complication, but a marker! Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
Need workup: Sed rate is never worth a workup unless there's symptoms / signs. High RBC's -- WAY above the top of the reference range -- suggests thal minor if hemoglobin / hematocrit are okay / lowish, one of the polycythemias if they are also high. These in turn can be due to anything from p vera rubra to sleep apnea to a high-affinity hemoglobin to COPD to a right-to-left heart shunt. ...Read more
What can cause ensysopathy in a 6 year old with 1:160 speckled and slightly high esr? Rheumo not sure what wrong
What?: Sorry I can't figure out what you might mean by "ensysopathy". There is no such word. An elevated ESR indicates a systemic inflammatory condition, possibly an infection, possibly an autoimmune disease. Ask your doctors, or find out the real word you are trying to ask about any try here again. ...Read more
My mothere has an ESR of 50. Which is high and she is diabetic and has normal hb. So what are the possible causes of this high value and any test?
Non Specific Test:
Esr (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) is a non specific test unless there is a certain diagnosis when you check ESR to track the improvement or deterioration.
By itself it is not of much value. It can be high in any inflammation or infection, even a simple sore throat or common cold or flu.
Routinely it is not checked in the office on routine blood work. ...Read more
Inflammation if goin: Erythrocyte sedimentation rate is a very old test that roughly measures the amount of inflammatory proteins in the blood. These proteins can be due to a rheumatic disease, inflammatory disease or infectious disease. Most important is the context in which it occurs and why the test was ordered in the first place. ...Read more
Stop worrying: The sed rate means absolutely nothing in isolation and is often done wrong in the first place. It's a single piece of information that is only of moderate usefulness in a few unusual clinical situations. I'm a lab specialist and my best advice to is to stop worrying about labs like this, get into a fitness-focused lifestyle, and be thankful for good health. ...Read more
Sedimentation rate: ESR=erythrocyte sedimentation rate. This is a very non-specific lab test that has some degree of correlation with inflammatory processes that alter the inter-cellular reactivity between red cells in the blood. If markedly elevated then careful evaluation for the causes should be sought. ...Read more
Stop worrying: As a pathologist with certification in lab medicine, I'd urge you to forget the whole thing. The sed rate means nothing except as a minor adjunct in diagnosing a few uncommon illnesses. It's also often performed wrong. It's ordered as defensive medicine and I wish this weren't the case. Relax and if you feel well, be thankful. ...Read more
Ignore it: Sed rate is helpful when, and only when, the person seems sick and we need one more maybe-helpful clue in deciding if this is really systemic inflammatory illness. It is neither sensitive nor specific, but useful in a few uncommon situations. Plus, the test is hard to do right. Relax. ...Read more
Not usually: Pet scans are special imaging tests to localize spots of high metabolic activity, such as with metastatic cancer. High ESR can result from many different diseases, and cancer isn't that high on the list. It would be a long jump from ESR to pet scan, unless there was a lot of other data to suggest a use for the pet scan. ...Read more
Find the cause: Don't treat a lab value. And the ESR is not a precise test, it's fraught with technical errors, and high values are common in people who seem not to be sick at all. At most, it's used as one piece of information out of many in making diagnoses of relatively obscure illnesses. Eat sensibly, stay fit, and stop worrying about numbers. ...Read more
Likely normal: Esr - or erythrocyte sedimentation rate - is a rought determination of overall inflammation (reflected by the number of proteins in the serum). The higher the number, the longer it takes for a rbc to settle, the higher your "inflammation" is. As a rule of thumb, though, an individual's ESR should roughly equal his or her age. Hence, if you are 63, ESR would need to be >63 to be concerning. ...Read more
My serum oestradiol level is 359 pmol/l is this high and am I in menopause I am only 42 years old?
Not menopausal: This value is high and is surely not menoapusal. ...Read more
I'm 43 and on combined HRT for early menopause. Had my E2 tested yesterday and it's 685. Is that high?
Depends on your lab: But in general, yes, it's high.Get a more detailed answer ›