You weren't given very good information. Yes, a sed rate can reach those really high numbers, but boy you would sure know it. You'd be so sick it would be awful. When I was diagnosed, my sed rate was nearing 100.
The student doctor doesn't have a clue about what a sed rate is.... The sed rate calculates how much systemic inflammation is in the body. It won't measure what inflammation occurs from a punch to the arm or a pimple. That is the biggest load of who-ha I've ever heard. No offense to you! It's all targetting towards that "doctor", LOL.
The sed rate, or ESR test is fairly unreliable. The higher the number, the more acurate it gets. If you're ranging the 40's, that's starting to get up there, and you probably have quite a few symptoms of flare. Do you? Tell your rheumy what this student said to you. There might be some eye-rolling!
Stacie is right. The normal range is 0-20. Don't rely on the numbers to tell you how you really are. Treat the symptoms, not the number. That's important. Just use the number as a very loose guide.
Good luck with your platelet count situation. That is a concern for sure. Let us know how it goes,
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I was scheduled for surgery next week but now my PCP wants to postpone it due to a sed rate of 68. Does anybody have any knowledge of what effect an elevated sed rate will have on recovery? I have had plantar fascitis for 7+yrs and this summer diagnosed with tarsal tunnel syndrome and an MRI showed that I actually have a broken bone in my ankle which it is has been felt that all the inflammation is related to these conditions so thus need the surgery to correct them. My sed rate went down when I was off work and off my foot but back up now that I've been working for the past month. She did the extensive blood work and ruled out RA, Lupus, Cancer but the #'s just warrent further evalutation so off too a Rheumatologist. BUT I don't want to cancel the surgery just to hold off to see that MD. So any info on this effect of the high sed rate and how it relates to surgery is greatly appreciated.
Hi Featherstone and Jamie, Featherstone 130! wow that's just wild. I don't know how you been dealing with that. You mst have one whopping infection. Mine was 63 and I felt like a truck hit me. I'm glad you are seeing a rheumy don't leave without any answers. Let us know.
Jamie, Hi I just wanted to welcome you to the group. I hope you stick around and let us get to know you. carol