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Nikiangel
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   Posted 6/18/2010 9:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I have juvenille rheumatoid arthritis.  I go by what my sed rate is.....always have always will....to tell me how bad my flareups are.  So when I flipped at my doctor that its high and I'm in pain and not happy. he tells me this:
 
that yes while my sedrate is high (35) it may be due to the fact that they take the blood and check it right there in his office.  Had he sent it out, and it sat for the norm 12-24 hours....the sed rate would not be as high.  So basically, its high but if it sat then the sed rate would have gone down to like a 15.  Is that possible?
 
Now I have never heard that and i've searched for an hour on the web to see if that is even plausible.  Here's what is even weirder.....while my sed rate is up...which means im having a flare up of inflammation, i have no VISIBLE signs of a flare.  Nothing is hot, nothing is swollen, its just that each joint hurts. 
 
Anyway, if anyone knows if thats true about the blood work....please let me know.  Meanwhile, its surfing I go to try and find an answer.
 
PS...even if you cant answer...thanks for letting me vent!  that always helps~

sjkly
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   Posted 6/18/2010 6:51 PM (GMT -7)   
If they always do the test there in the office wouldn't they just compare your rate now to your rate last time?
What about CRP?
Also, my doc goes by my report of pain, disability etc, and doesn't even get my lab results-even for the ones done in house-until after I leave.

I am sorry you are in pain.

antbuggey
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   Posted 6/20/2010 6:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello and nice to meet you! So sorry you are hurting! I am also sorry that I do not have an answer for you....I have not yet been diagnosed with RA....however, the more I read the more I believe that is what I have! I had a terrible flare....woke up and thought I was going to die! EVERY joint in my body hurt, but I had hardly any swelling! This was about a month ago now. The only test the doctor did at that time was a SED rate (because of cost and I had no insurance). Mine was 53. She put me on steroids for 2 weeks and it cleared it up. Now I am having stiffness and pain in my joints in the morning, but I am able to loosen them up after an hour or so.....nothing like the first one! Sorry did not mean to go on and on about me...but I am a little anxious about this whole thing! What I was meaning to tell you was that I know when she did my SED rate test....they took blood at 3:00 pm and she called me at 4:15 pm with the results. So it was not something that sat for any time period! I copied and pasted the following from the Mayo Clinic website....."The sed rate test measures the distance red blood cells fall in a test tube in one hour." So, it looks like this test should only take an hour....PERIOD! Maybe your doc should look into that! Anyway, hope this helps!!

Take care of you!
Beckey

antbuggey
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   Posted 6/20/2010 6:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I guess I said I did not have an answer but I did......I looked it up in the middle of my response and then did not go back and proofread my post! OOOOPS!

Take care,
Beckey

Nikiangel
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   Posted 6/20/2010 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you both for you answers.  Beckey, I'm sorry your hurting and I hope you feel bettr soon.  Morning stiffness was always bad for me.  I found after a hot shower, that would always loosen the joints and get me moving.  I have had JRA for 35 years, diagnosed at age 2.  I have always gone by my sed-rate so when he told me about the blood sitting kinda threw me.  I read the same link you gave me.  I'm actually going to call them tomorrow and start asking questions.  I like my doctor.  I have to drive an hour to get to him, but he is good and he cares and doesnt just "guess" at what is wrong with me.  He knows I hate prednisone and tries to keep me on low dose.  However, when your on it, it does do wonders.  Thanks for posting back...keep the faith...I'll keep you both in my prayers.  Niki

ZenaWP
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   Posted 6/21/2010 11:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Niki, I can't answer as to the timing of the bloodwork, but I actually have the opposite problem from where you said your SED rate will be high but there will be no signs of inflammation.  I can have several swollen joints at once and extreme joint pain but my SED rate and CRP come back normal, which doesn't make any sense to me.  So, I have never put any faith in those tests and my doctor apparently doesn't either, because I rarely have that checked.   
Crohn's Disease, Acid Reflux/Gastritis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Endometriosis, Arthritis, Depression/Anxiety.  Too many meds to list them all.  =) 

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