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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