Mildly High Sed Rate

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   Posted 2/28/2009 11:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I am a new member and hoping to get some mental relief here. I am so confused and mind boggled. To tell all my problems would probably end up boring people. Sooo in short. I went to a new doctor because my old one kept telling me that I am to young to have arthritis. I am 33. I knew I had it because when there is rain or snow I can predict it better than the weather man. An ex step mother told me when I was a kid I had rheumatoid arthritis. I told my doctor and he blew it off. My father has ankylosing spondylistis. This new doctor ran some blood test. Now this was done after I had been on celebrex 200mg for 2 or 3 weeks. My sed rate is 29. I get ALOT of pain in my knees and in my back. Last year an ER did an non contrast MRI and I have congenital narrowing of the AP diameter of the pedicles.

My question is.....does anyone have an idea how high my sed rate is for already being on an anti inflammatory? Reading other post I do know that others sed rates are higher than mine and a good bit at that. I don't know if finding those rates out if they were already on an anti inflammatory or not. The celebrex really doesn't seem to be helping alot. I have been on it for a month or so now. Is my sed rate something to worry about?

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   Posted 2/28/2009 1:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to Healing Well! It is really impossible to say even if the Celebrex is having an effect on your sed rate. At your age, the upper limit of a normal sed rate is 20. So yours, while elevated is not extremely high. That said, people can have inflammatory diseases going on and have a NORMAL sed rate.

Given your history [juvenile rheumatoid arthrits, father with AS], I think you need to get yourself set up with a rheumatologist for a thorough evaluation.
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   Posted 3/1/2009 6:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Ides-get a good rhuemy. You need much better tests then SED rates. CRP, RF, ANA, ANCA and others come to mind.
My SED rate while on prednisone, plaq and an NSAID was thirty and my rhuemy thought that was way too high for me and wanted me on MTX as well.
My step father also has RA and his doc says 30 is okay for him and does not change his meds or make other changes unless it is quite a bit higher then that.
CRP is a better measure of inflamation.
You also need to know what is causeing the inflamation.
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