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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.

 

Take care, Everyone.

Margaret

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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.

 

Big Hugs to you and Gareth,


Janey Willis

ISN Support Specialist

(Retired) ISN Assistant Webmaster

(Retired) ISN News Director

(Retired) ISN Technical Writer for Training Manuals

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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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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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

 

Big Hugs,


Janey Willis

ISN Support Specialist

(Retired) ISN Assistant Webmaster

(Retired) ISN News Director

(Retired) ISN Technical Writer for Training Manuals

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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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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