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Forum Name: Rheumatology Topics

Question: raised ESR blood levels .

 jaycutlerfan - Thu Dec 08, 2005 11:55 am

Hello i am writing this about my mum . She is 40 and has railed ESR blood levels she has suffered with rumatism pain in her joints for the past 5 years but never been diagnoised and gets really bad back ach . She had blood done and ESR levels came back at 35 could rumatism be the problem and her problems tend to flare up and be worse in winter or when cold .

thanks .
 Dr. P. M. Aries - Tue Jan 03, 2006 5:01 pm

User avatar Dear jaycutlerfan,

the ESR is absolutely non specific. It may be connected to rheumatism but can also be any other inflammatory disease. For a specific rheumatologic disease like rheumatoide arthritis, there have to be more complaints. Likewise back main may be a rheumatic complain but can also be a symptom of other non rheumatic diseases. Other laboratory results like rheumatoid factor, ant CCP-antibodies, HLA-B 27 and many others may be usefull to differentiate the cause of the pain and the ESR. Also a x-ray may be of benefit.

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