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nawlinscate
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   Posted 7/11/2009 6:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Although I have quarterly CBC and liver function tests, my doctors haven't tested my Sed rate in years. Although I haven't had further surgery, I've felt increasingly lousy for over a year now. Would a Sed rate test tell me anything of value? Should I ask my doctor for one when I see him in September?

RxCrohnie
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   Posted 7/11/2009 6:44 PM (GMT -7)   
A C-reactive protein is usually what that use now to measure for acute inflammation. Have they been checking this?
36 yo--Crohns since 2000,  Ileocecectomy in 2009 with post surgical wound infection. MRSA infection 2008 x 2 and 2009 x2. Granuloma cysts in mouth-oral surgery X2 in 2000, Fistula colon 2006, Rectovaginal Fistula 2008, 2 Ulcers Rectum, Joint pain. Kidney Stones. Dx with Migraines in 2002 and Ovarian Cysts with Endometrosis 2001.  Dx with Fibromyalgia in 2007 and IC in 2008.  Now receiving Humira, Topamax 300mg daily, Cymbalta 60mg daily, Prevacid 30mg, Maxalt, Vicodin as needed, Zinc, and Multivits   
 
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nawlinscate
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   Posted 7/11/2009 11:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much! I didn't know that. And yes, that's one of my quarterly tests. I haven't seen a copy of my results for a while, although my doctor reports that they're all within normal range. Next time I see him, I'll ask for a copy. Many thanks!

njmom
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   Posted 7/12/2009 4:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, sed rate is still useful. But CRP is more sensitive, responding sooner to increases in inflammation.

Jen77
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   Posted 7/12/2009 8:36 PM (GMT -7)   
My doctor did look at my sed rate the last time I flared, it was through the roof too.
~Jennifer
 
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06, and Health Anxiety/OCD 12/08 Taking Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL, and Lexapro.


HM
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   Posted 7/13/2009 6:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I ask to have my SED rate checked. It has been as low as 24 and as high as 75. I have been told by two drs that the normal range is 0-20. It is a very useful tool for me as a patient.

36/f   proud single mom of 2

Diagnosed with GERD/Acid Reflex 2002

Diagnosed with IBS 2007

Diagnosed with UC, then Crohn’s 2008

Current medications: Imuran 50 mg daily,Endcort 3mg 2X daily, Pentasa 2 500mg caps 2X daily, Prilosec 20 mg 2X daily (if needed), Probiotics, Calcuim/Mag/Vit.D. Flinstones multi with Iron and Vit. C 500mg daily


nawlinscate
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   Posted 7/13/2009 7:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Hmmm . . . when I had my SED rate tested in 1998, a year before my diagnosis and emergency resection, is was over 80! And my GI doctor told me my problems were psychological. Nice.

CrohnieToo
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   Posted 7/13/2009 7:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, keep in mind that the Sed rate and the CRP can ONLY indicate inflammation, not where or why.
Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.

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