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Question: High Sed Rate


 kitty0611 - Wed May 23, 2007 4:06 pm

I am 24 yrs old and when I was 18, I had blood drawn to check sed rate, ana, etc. because i was having issues with achy joints and sometimes stiff to get out of bed in morning. well at the time my ana was weakly positive and my sed rate 50. Well I have been retested for ana and has been neg. but sed rate is still high btw 40-55. I was told that sed rate are btw 0-25 for women... I know lupus runs in my family. What could be going on?
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Wed May 23, 2007 9:24 pm

User avatar Sed rates are essentially markers of inflammation. They are very non-specific. All an elevated sed rate means is that something is causing inflammation. It may be an infection, rheumatologic illness, traumatic injury or just about anything else.

There is a small subset of the population that will have a weakly positive ANA without any illness. I would recommend you see a rheumatologist. Your symptoms are suspicious for rheumatoid arthritis although there are other causes that can cause joint pain.

Best wishes.

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