I had blood work done a couple of weeks ago, I won't post the whole thing here but everything came back good except on the low side for B12 and a Sed Rate of 73. Over the course of the last 6 months I've developed a widespread pain and stiffness issue that I can't really describe any better than to call it "fibromyalgia" type of pain. So my doctor is referring me to a Rheumatologist because she's not sure why the sed rate is so high. On the blood test it is called Sed Rate, Westergren and I wonder if any of you know what that could indicate.
Lots of folks have gotten rid of their fibromyalgia FM by supplementing with Vit D3. About 5000IU a day is what I take to keep my serum lever at about the mid 80s ng/ML. Dr K wants his patients to be 70-100ng/mL
Sed Rate is an indication of inflamation in the system. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/sed-rate/MY00343
Getting rid of all sugar and all wheat and its products will go a long way to getting rid of inflamation and thus the FM you have...along with the immune boosting properties of the Vit D3.
See this thread re: Low B12 http://paleohacks.com/questions/38050/has-anyone-of-you-tested-your-b12-level-how-was-it/38076#38076
If you get the sedimentation rate done right after being sick it will be elevated, as it was for me a couple years ago. I don't think it was quite that high; I remember it being 45 or something. The doctor wanted to do a chest x-ray, which I declined and of course it was normal the next time around.
It's a really non-specific measure of a system-wide inflammation, so you can't really pin anything down from it other than "something's out of whack."
Hi-My Mother had a terrible lot of pain last year and it was only through finally getting her blood work done (her sed rate was high)that they discovered she had polymyalgia.Interestingly enough,she said she felt her trouble began years before,after having being on,and eventually quitting,statins :(.
That's a marker for inflammation. If you got that done, I would also ask for CRP (hs crp) for CVD-related inflammation and perhaps also Ferritin. You can isolate what might be the issue by doing full metabolic and lipid panels. Also, repeat the same Westgren test a few months later. Lots of times, such markers are elevated only temporarily, when you're stricken with a bout of gout, RA, autoimmune attacks, etc. It should fall back to normal when you're in remission or in between attacks.
When SED is high it tests inflamation, and from the symtoms it seems to be PMR Polymalgyia Rheumatica, it is an illness where white cells grown fast , it is like an inmumne illness. Nothing to do with fibromalgyia, I have both, the last one has only pressure points to diagnose. PMR has blood work to diagnosed it. Also one can became anemic, loose weight and liver enzymes are higher. Have a rheumatologist check all .
I had a high sed rate for years - 37 to 40. Mine is now 11 two weeks after going sugarfree. It is an extremely variable test and if you have a cold , for example , it can be high. That being said, yours is very high. More than I have seen. I would have the doctor keep watching it and do his thing. Keep in mind though, could be something so minute .
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