SED rate is useful for doctors trying to diagnose unknown diseases or monitor known ones. It is not a lupus specific test and only indicates that some type of inflammatory process is occuring in your body. It has value but only if taken in the context of other tests and clinical symptoms. Trying to correlate symptoms with your sed rate is not possible.
I have polymyositis which is an inflammatory muscle disease and its' activity is commonly measured by a CPK test which is more specific to myositis diseases. Even that test does not correlate well to symptoms and how a patient feels.
As Ginny said diseases like lupus and other auto immune diseases can be just plain whacko to diagnose and treat.
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