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   Posted 5/21/2008 12:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Would someone please explain to me what sed rate results determine?  I'm waiting for my blood test to come back and i want to understand what they mean.  Thanks! cool

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   Posted 5/21/2008 1:10 PM (GMT -6)   
They show what the inflammation levels are in your body. Although they may not always be the most accurate thing at determining a flare. There are some here that say they have symptoms and feel bad, yet their numbers be in the normal range.

For me with this flare my sed rate was 76! Normal would be 20! So mine was off the charts, and boy was a I feeling it!
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Currently taking Prednisone: tapered to 35 mg, Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure).

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   Posted 5/21/2008 1:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Sed rate = ESR = erythrocyte sedimentation rate

You can look up most tests at the URL below and find out what they are, what the values are, what the results mean, etc.
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   Posted 5/21/2008 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
What do elevated SED rates mean?
You will feel like c***.
You will be tired.
More medicine.
Prednisone if they are high enough.
More doctor's visits.

SED rates often stay high after the inflamation starts to clear-they are not as quick to change as CRP.
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