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How can one with pmr get a sed rate of >100 but one with lupus & organ involvement have a sed rate not nearly as high?

How can one with pmr get a sed rate of >100 but one with lupus & organ involvement have a sed rate not nearly as high?

Good question: Sed rate is positive after a value of 30. The higher it is does not necessarily mean the greater the inflammation. Both these conditions create high sed rates. It's not so important what that means after it becomes positive. The part that is important is the "it's positive" part. ...Read more

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Sedimentation Rate (Definition)

A sedimentation rate is a lab test that can help to assess ...Read more


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Can you still have lupus if you have a negative ANA and normal sed rate?

Can you still have lupus if you have a negative ANA and normal sed rate?

Yes: However, the diagnosis becomes much less likely unless several other diagnostic criteria for lupus are present. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have lupus flare and always have normal c3,c4, normal CRP and sed rate no greater than 26?

Lupus is difficult.: SLE may flare and produce elections of ESR / CRP and may reduce C3 and C4. This is generally true, but every patient is different. It is possible to flare and have labs look relatively "normal." Anti DS DNA and CBC are often helpful. ...Read more

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I was tested for lupus ANA came back positive but sed rate was low could me taking 800mg motrin first have affected that?

I was tested for lupus ANA came back positive but sed rate was low could me taking 800mg motrin first  have affected that?

Doubtful: The sed rate is not a totally reliable index of inflammation especially if it is down at a commercial lab. The CRP is a better index. A weak NSAID such as Motrin is unlikely to be effective. Finally the ANA is also not specific for lupus. ...Read more

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I have a sed rate of 36 I am a 38 female. My blood work for lupus and rhem arthritis came back neg.. should I be concerned?

I have a sed rate of 36 I am a 38 female. My blood work for lupus and rhem arthritis came back neg.. should I be concerned?

High ESR: This depends on what you mean by "concerned". This is quite a high erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and it should be possible to pinpoint the cause. It isn't necessarily serious, but it would be good to know. Keep working with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a sed rate of 71. Been tested for lupus, ra, cancer. Any ideas what it could b?

I have a sed rate of 71. Been tested for lupus, ra, cancer. Any ideas what it could b?

Anything: It means that you may have inflammation or an infection going on but i agree that it is not specific. Estrogen intake can also increase esr. I would recommend that you get a CRP in a month if you have joint or muscle symptoms. An elevated ESR (CRP) is linked to higher cardiovascular risk. Be sure to have dental check regularly to prevent chronic gingivitis. ...Read more

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Could fibromalagia cause ANA positive? 1:640 speckled and sed rate elevated? Lupus panel negative

Could fibromalagia cause ANA positive?  1:640 speckled and sed rate elevated? Lupus panel negative

NO: The ANA is there because of some other reason. Because it's there does not mean you have lupus. There are many other reasons to have a positive ana. Your evaluation by your physician can clarify. ...Read more

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I have had all lupus symptoms for 6 months but repeated blood tests are showing nothing. Negative ana, ena, normal sed rate etc. I'm so confused?

I have had all lupus symptoms for 6 months but repeated blood tests are showing nothing. Negative ana, ena, normal sed rate etc. I'm so confused?

NOT LUPUS: Seek a second opinion from a rheumatologist. You may have other medical conditions that mimic lupus. You will need additional blood and urine testing. ...Read more

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Mildly elevated CPK level and sed rate. Iron count 11.8 what cld this mean? Cld it be a sign of lupus or something wrong with heart?

Mildly elevated CPK level and sed rate. Iron count 11.8 what cld this mean? Cld it be a sign of lupus or something wrong with heart?

Not specific: Cpk, sed rate and iron count levels are not specific to lupus or heart disease. Several conditions can affect these tests. ...Read more

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If a lupus panel was negative and awaiting serum electrophise test what would that tell ? My sed rate is elevated and ANA positive w/ speckled pattern

Nothing specific : These findings are not specific. This will depend on your total evaluation and why these tests being done. The test alone do not make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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I TOOK SOME LABS ANA SCREEN "YOUR VALUE" SAYS SEE TITER, HEX LUPUS ANTICOAGULANT IS 6 (NEGATIVE), SED RATE 3 AND ANA QUANT IS 320. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

Upload onto HT Prime: Rather than getting into hypotheticals in this forum (that's lmtd to 400 characters), you're best off starting a consult in HealthTap Prime. If you've obtained a computer copy of the lab results, as you'll be able to upload it in HealthTap Prime using the paperclip icon. You'll also get a doctor to go over it with you LIVE. You can ask questions & get responses in real time. It'll give best answer ...Read more

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40yr old Fem Sed Rate Rising (Cont 2) History: Pos ANA, FM, Lupus Anticoagulant, Hypothyroidism, LE Edema. What does all this mean?

See your MD: The positive ANA and lupus anticoag may be associated with potential for blood clotting issues and clearly represent autoimmune disease potentially, of which the hypothyroidism may be a part. You must be seen by an hematologist or immunologist and be evaluated for systemic autoimmune issues. the elevated sed rate is also associated with inflammatory disease. Feel better! ...Read more

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Ana + spec pattern titer 1:640. All labs ok. Lupus panel neg. Elevated sed rate. 2 rheum drs dismissed it. Anything else I should do? Cancer?

Watch it: You cannot treat a lab result, have it checked periodically, in the absence of symptoms, one cannot make a diagnosis based on a test result. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a lupus flare with normal labs (cbc, comp met, c4, c3, UA, Sed rate and CRP)? I have a lot of joint swelling/pain and mouthsore

SLE: What you describe is unusual but nothing is impossible. The non-specific markers of inflammation (ESR, CRP) being negative is quite remarkable. Think you might want to contact your rheumatologist and go over this with them. Good luck. ...Read more

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My temp after i get to work is 99.1-99.4 . Evening and over night normal. I am ANA +1:640 spec pattern. High sed rate. Cbc ok. Metabolic ok. Serum protein ok. Lupus panel neg. Up back pain 1yr. Mri ok?

Yes: Mri is fine but be prepared for normal results. An elevated sed rate and ANA may indicate an inflammatory process in the body. A thorough work up would include hormone evaluation, sleep patterns, infection/immune system testing as well as nutrition review. These presentations can be frustrating so find a doctor that will take the time to listen and evaluate. ...Read more

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