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Date Joined Apr 2011
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   Posted 7/28/2011 5:35 AM (GMT -6)   
What makes an ESR high? I am trying to figure out if this test is actually accurate for someone with a mild inflammatory condition to their muscles and joints. I know it picks up systemic inflammation, but I'm wondering if that inflammation has to be severe. The ESR is supposed to increase by any cause of inflammation.
I had a really nasty burn all over my skin and both of my arms had previously broke out in a rash where I have been outside working, the burn was there when I had the ESR blood test. It did not change from what it was back in april. And this is the test that has to tell my doctors whether or not I have an autoimmune condition that I already know I have. Really, now..
Is there a condition a person can have that can keep your inflammatory markers from raising?

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   Posted 7/28/2011 6:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I went to the doctor feeling horrible and my ESR was normal. I'm wondering the same thing.

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   Posted 7/29/2011 6:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Well it's not just a sunburn that made me feel like my insides were on fire. When I had the first ESR test done, I had previously all week suffered with kidney pain, that saturday went to burning really bad, sunday it attacks my bladder and causes severe pain there, the burning stops sunday night. My urine test was clear the following day but it did show an abnormal amount of bacteria (many), & amorphous sediment & crystals. Maybe it was indicating a UTI was previously present?? I know without questionable doubt I had a kidney and bladder infection prior to the test. The rheumatologist did not treat this or give me my results, though I have them now. I went on to having difficulty urinating, or not being able to urinate at all, the pain continued in my kidneys and bladder, and I did not get over this until I went to a clinic and got an antibiotic. ESR 5. So it raises in case of infections? I don't think so, no more than I think it will raise in mild inflammation in your muscles and joints. And it is extremely unfair that a doctor would judge whether or not someone has a connective tissue disorder based on this stupid test. I have both muscle and joint pains, however I do not swell and the pain is not evident to the human eye, that is why I think my inflammation is mild, the pain however is far from mild. I hurt constantly.

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   Posted 7/29/2011 10:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Sed rate is not always an accurate measure but it does indicate that some type of inflammation is occuring in your body and it does not have to be systemic.  It is not a specific test for any specific disease but one of the labs that helps to confirm a diagnosis.
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