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   Posted 4/30/2013 5:07 PM (GMT -6)   

I am a 20 year old full time student and I was hoping for a little help. I was recently tested for lupus and my ANA was negative however my sed rate was at 50 and I was wondering what an elevated sed rate means? I am constantly having joint and back pain, there are times during the day or when I wake up and my hands hurt and are numb. I am also tired all the time, I could have 8 hours of sleep and wake up tired, is it possible that this is all connected?I plan to follow up with my doctor but I just would like some help in knowing what to bring up and what to expect.

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Date Joined May 2005
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   Posted 4/30/2013 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR or "sed" rate) is a test for inflammation. An elevated sed rate generally means some kind of inflammation was found, but doesn't point to the reason why. It can be everything from an infection to arthritis to lupus to many other illnesses.

It sounds like they are testing to determine why you have joint & back pain, and why you are tired. There are multiple illnesses that can cause this combination of symptoms. My first lupus symptom was fatigue...but it was more than just tired...I was exhausted after 10+ hours of sleep!

You didn't mention what kind of Dr you are seeing...if your general Dr runs out of ideas you probably want to see a rheumotologist.

Meanwhile, take a look at your food - nutritional & supportive of good health? Not too much sugar or too little protein? Eating at regular intervals? Check your sleep - do you sleep calmly, all night, or is your sleep interrupted? Try adjusting light, temperature, etc. Exercise -- are you getting too little or too much?

Do some reading at if you haven't already. Come on back with specific questions & we'll be glad to try & address them!

Best wishes,
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator
"Life is far too important to be taken seriously" - Oscar Wilde
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