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#1 Margaret

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 06:36 AM

Hi Everyone,

Gareth's sed rate has run between 50 and 100 the past 3 years. I know it's non-specific and *only* indicates inflammation, but wouldn't having an autoimmune disease cause a high sed rate? Wouldn't just having sclero or UCTD cause it to go up? I know that G's rheumatologist initially checked him for Rheumatoid Arthritis and that came back negative. He doesn't think sclero would cause a high sed rate in itself. Just curious.

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 03:56 PM

Margaret,
Here's an article from MedlinePlus on the sed Rate. In the listing on causes a high sed rate it does mention RA and Lupus, but scleroderma is mentioned in the "May cause" elevated rate. So it does appear that by just having sclero, you'll have a high sed rate.

Hope this helps.

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Posted 28 April 2007 - 12:26 AM

Thank you, Janey. I sent that portion on to G's rheumatologist. I knew someone here would come up with an answer from your *files.*

Have a good day,
Margaret

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Posted 28 April 2007 - 04:21 AM

Margaret,
I made a boo boo! I reread the message I wrote last night and apparently in my stupor I mislead you. The information on MedlinePlus saying that scleroderma "MAY" cause a high sed rate implies that sclero may or may NOT cause a high sed rate. I said the opposite in my previous message. Sorry about the confusion. I guess there's a point in the evening that I need to stop thinking. :D

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Posted 28 April 2007 - 12:53 PM

Hi Janey ,

It's OK....I read it the same way....it may or may not be a cause. But his rheumatologist is always commenting on his high sed rate and doesn't have an answer for it. It may well be the UCTD.

Take care,
Margaret

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Posted 29 April 2007 - 01:31 AM

Just an FYI-

I've been dealing with diffuse sclero over the last year, with active inflammation. My sed rate, though, has never once been above the listed normal range. So I am consistent with janey's reference.

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