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What does a high sed rate mean? Body aches and fatigue

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Hello. A sed rate is another term for an erythrocyte sedimentation rate (esr).
It is a test that can help detect inflammation (acute or chronic). However, it is a nonspecific test, so the ESR could be elevated for many different reasons to include infections, cancers, and autoimmune diseases. Your doctor will no doubt use this piece of information combined with results of other lab tests, your medical history and your physical examination to help determine the cause of your symptoms.

In brief: Hello.

Hello. A sed rate is another term for an erythrocyte sedimentation rate (esr).
It is a test that can help detect inflammation (acute or chronic). However, it is a nonspecific test, so the ESR could be elevated for many different reasons to include infections, cancers, and autoimmune diseases. Your doctor will no doubt use this piece of information combined with results of other lab tests, your medical history and your physical examination to help determine the cause of your symptoms.
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