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#1 kellyA

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Posted 06 August 2008 - 09:58 AM

My SED rate came back at 5, from what I understand 0-20 is normal? does it change from time to time? A copy of my blood work was send to me in the mail, I have not heard from my dr. (Im assuming everything is ok or she would have called)

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Posted 06 August 2008 - 11:23 AM

Hey Kelly,

That is a normal result you got. Yes the sed rate can change. I'm going to give you the link so you can read all about it and what it means etc. I hope this is helpful to you.
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Posted 07 August 2008 - 09:39 AM

Your sed rate sounds great - especially if you have autoimmune disease. Normal for me is about 40 - which is high and indicates inflammation somewhere. When it reaches about 60 to 80 I feel quite ill. SED rate is very non-specific - any sort if inflammation can cause it to go up: arthritis, flu, fighting an infection, cancer, etc.

0-20 is normal for females, 0-15 normal for men. If you have sclero and your rate is within these norms, you have very little inflammation.

I have an ongoing joke with my rheumatoliogist that I can guess my SED rate by how I feel.

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Posted 08 August 2008 - 02:24 AM

Kelly - I hope your symptoms match your good test results!


I like when the doctors send me copies of my blood work before appointments. That way, I prepare any questions beforehand and don't waste time reviewing non-issues during the appointment time. Also, rather than reacting to a new out-of-range result, I can compare it to past results to watch for any trends.

I've been dealing with aggressive Diffuse form for just over two years now, and my SED rate is rarely elevated. That is, until I recently became anemic, and my SED rate jumped to 45. I think that is consistent with the information at the link Sweet provided.

For me, the CRP is always elevated with severe disease flare, but when that happens, there are other symptoms that are obvious.


-RTS

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Posted 08 August 2008 - 07:54 AM

Hi Kelly ,

My son's *normal* level for his Sed rate is 25-40. He's been as high as 60-98 when he's really sick.

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Posted 08 August 2008 - 11:00 AM

When I was diagnosed with polymyositis my SED rate was up around 1000. No wonder I was such a mess!!!!

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Posted 08 August 2008 - 08:18 PM

Hi, Christy. It think it is possible that the number you quote is either not the SED rate, or has been reported or remembered in error. The numbers refer to how quickly the red blood cells fall in a tube under measured circumstances and they refer to millimeters per hour. 1000 mm per hour seems to be impossibly fast, though I am not a doctor.

Kelley, Sweet's link gives a good overall description. Craig lists the chart 'normals' for the general population, but normal levels can increase with age and also to some degree with excess weight. I agree with everyone that results of 5 sound very good.
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Posted 09 August 2008 - 02:37 AM

Christy-

What was your CK/CPK with the Polymyositis diagnosis? I've met someone who is in bad shape with levels of 600, and another who was hospitalized with level of 3000.... don't know what their SED rate was, though.

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Posted 09 August 2008 - 09:11 AM

You're right, Jefa and RTS. :( I messed up. It was my CPK level and it was over 2000. Can I blame the mistake on "bad memory"? :unsure: I'm very sorry for any confusion.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful day. The weather is great here in good ol' Kokomo. It's 77 degrees, there's a nice breeze, and the smell of freshly mowed lawn. I love it. Is there anyplace that's like this all year round?? :)

Cheers,
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Posted 09 August 2008 - 09:57 AM

Yes Purr,
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