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~