Patient Comments: Sedimentation Rate - Testing


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Comment from: Azita, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 12

I am 62. My sedimentation rate is 40. I have pain in many places which my doctors blame on fibromyalgia. The doctor has said my sedimentation rate is nonspecific. I don’t know what he means by nonspecific and he wants me to see my regular doctor for this. I am seeing a hematologist tomorrow regarding my constant high white blood cells.

Comment from: Linda, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 07

My sedimentation rate was 64. I hurt all the time. I wonder if this rate is really high.

Comment from: Sally, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 24

I had my first lumbar epidural steroid injection at L4-L5 and L5-S1 a week ago. It went well, no sedation and I had a fantastic doctor who explained everything. I’m a medical person and expected hot flashes, muscle aches, etc., the first 24 hours. I was better, went to physiotherapy as usual and now my leg hurts as bad as it did before the injections. Not a reaction, I think it just didn’t work for me. I’ll certainly try again. Drink lots of water when you do this!

Comment from: Susan, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 03

The result of my sedimentation rate test is 72 and my C-reactive protein is 8.8. I have off the charts positives on both rheumatoid arthritis (RA) tests. One rheumatologist I have seen says I do not have RA (despite test results), one says I do and one says I have RA and also palindromic rheumatism. It started as necrotising scleritis (an eye problem) in my 50s and I have also developed eczema since, but it is not bad. I am on Humira and my rheumatologist also wants me on methotrexate, but I was previously on that when on Remicade and my body does not tolerate it well.

Comment from: Momandteacher, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 25

Too many women getting really sick this year and showing high sedimentation rate. I think there is a new virus or bacteria that has become strong and it is making the autoimmune system get in shock! I was put on prednisone and once I stopped, my sedimentation rate kept going up. I have been told that I may have lymphoma and now they think sarcoidosis. I still think it is some nasty virus that is taking over and medication is not strong enough to fight it.

Comment from: James, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 04

I am a male, 65 years old. My sedimentation rate test results are 3. Very low, range is 0-20. I have not heard from the doctor yet.

Comment from: Jan, 65-74 (Patient) Published: June 30

My sedimentation rate was 103.

Comment from: mresendiz, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 13

The result of my sedimentation rate test is 45. Worried if it is bad.

Comment from: Anxiously awaiting , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 28

My sedimentation rate is 97. I'm having severe all over body pain, and my hands are red and inflamed. I have headaches. My endocrinologist ordered this test and says I have osteoarthritis. I wonder if that could be true. I'm having to wait 8 weeks to see a rheumatologist. Aleve 600 mg doesnt help anymore. I look forward to any advice I can get. Thank you!

Comment from: Pam, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 15

The result of my sedimentation rate test is 60 and the doctor refuses to treat but diagnosed me with polymyalgia rheumatica. I am in terrible pain. Every time I go my sedimentation rate is up. Frustrated!

Comment from: Cet, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 26

I have extreme pain throughout my body but especially in my lower back and sacral pelvic area. My sedimentation rate is 109. No idea why my sedimentation rate is this high.

Comment from: Mrs Francois, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 29

My sedimentation rate is 87 and C-reactive protein (CRP) 21. I have pain all over my body, daily headaches, and flu like symptoms. I have fibromyalgia other test results like rheumatoid and lupus have come back normal. I just don't know what else to do. I just don't understand why my inflammatory markers are always so high. About two weeks ago I was sitting in a chair at the computer and passed out and had a seizure like episode. My husband had to call the ambulance, they ran tests, everything came back normal and they think it's from migraines.


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Comment from: Funkymunky244, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

My sedimentation rate is 72. My platelets are 444. My pain management doctor said she believes I have lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. I have most symptoms of Sjogren’s syndrome. I have not been officially diagnosed with anything yet. My entire body hurts. I feel like I have the flu often. Migraines almost daily. Depression and anxiety. I do have hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's, high blood pressure and have had a few spinal discectomies. I have spinal and cervical steroid injections regularly for pain.

Comment from: Muffie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 23

I am feeling terrible like maybe having a lupus flare up. Lab tests show sedimentation rate of 60. Rheumatologist says other lab results are good therefore symptoms are not related to lupus flare up. I continue to have bad headache, dizziness, lightheadedness, brain fog, brain zaps, gastrointestinal problems, cold/flulike symptoms, periodic tingling and numbness, etc. I can’t get help or answers. Not getting better.

Comment from: Dory , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 14

I have rheumatoid arthritis, and have had it since I was 22. I am 53 now. My sedimentation rate was 46. I also had thyroid cancer and a complete thyroidectomy was performed.

Comment from: M. J. , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 12

My sedimentation rate was 22. I have a lot of joint pain but my rheumatoid arthritis test was normal.

Comment from: DoctorBill, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 06

I have had Reiter's syndrome most of my life. I first heard of sedimentation rate about 40 years ago; my previous rheumatologist told me it was over 100. After I started taking methotrexate it slowly dropped and I felt better. I have not stopped taking methotrexate. A recent attack started in early March 2017. My sedimentation rate spiked to 85 within a few weeks. It slowly decreased and stabilized at 45. My current rheumatologist suggested Cosentyx (didn't help) and then Remicade in July 2017 that worked.

Comment from: Cindyfds, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

My results for my sedimentation rate test is 38. I have other abnormal results. Over a year doctors are still trying to figure out what’s going on. Every day I’m suffering from joint pains, my fingers and my ankles swell up, and I have migraines and extreme fatigue. My grandmother has lupus, and I hope it’s nothing serious but it sure does feel like it is.

Comment from: Oatmeak, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 17

The result of my sedimentation rate test is 126. I am suffering from excessive fatigue and wonder if it is connected to my high sedimentation rate.

Comment from: Deborah S., 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 10

About 18 months ago I lived with severe migraines, horrible back pain, severe fatigue and joint pain, and palpitations. I was 31 and had those symptoms for about 3 years before a doctor put them all together and sent me for lab work. My sedimentation rate at that time came back 48. He sent me for MRI since I had a good size nodule on the side of my neck. It turns out I had 3 different mold in my AC ducts, and spores in my breathing air and floor, which caused my high ESR. I moved from the house and it came down to 25 in 1 year.

Comment from: Casey411, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 19

My sedimentation rate test result is at 41 which doesn’t seem to be too bad as compared to some of the other numbers, but also I definitely have lupus. It started out super weird, first manifested with partial seizures and terrible migraines. The second manifestation reared its ugly head in the form of three of my toes turning a super deep purple for no apparent reason. Third was a rash on the side of my face and neck. At first they attributed this to stress because they happened to find a pituitary tumor when they were checking out my migraines with an MRI. Still, I continued to feel terrible. Finally they did a biopsy and more blood work plus some imaging. It came back with a lot of stuff but I remember a high CPR and low RBC, high platelets, as well as a severe vitamin D deficiency, a spectacular 7, but since I am just 29 it’s not unreasonable that I should regain homeostasis at a much more accelerated rate than say a 67 year old with the same condition. Anyway what I’m trying to say is that it goes both ways. While an elevated ESR can be useful in diagnostics, a normal level isn’t definitive the other way either. In fact, mine was 18 during what they now recognize as my first flare up.

Comment from: Ladyc, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 04

My sedimentation rate was 32, might not seem high, but it is for me because it is always below 20. I am having severe back pain and costochondritis and very fatigued.


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Comment from: Rizka, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 15

I went to the hospital 3 month ago, and my ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) was 107. I was diagnosed with lupus. Now, I'm taking 8 mg of prednisone.

Comment from: Dip, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: January 31

My sedimentation rate was 90. I have temporal arteritis which has flared up.

Comment from: Susan, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I was diagnosed with costochondritis about 3 years ago. The pain was centered on both sides of my rib cage and across my abdomen. It was severe at first; took a lot of ibuprofen and used a heating pad. I had injections which did not help, and physical therapy which did not help. A lot of my pain, I think, was caused from stress and my doctor put me on clonazepam (anti-anxiety medication) and I continued to take ibuprofen. It reduced my pain by about 50 percent. It eventually went away, but I still get it back. It is really bad right now. I also have chronic constipation and find that when I do finally have a bowel movement, it reduces the pain. I sure wish there was some solution to this problem. It's not fun and really curtails your activities.

Comment from: pat, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 19

I was very scared of my endoscopy. I had it done today and was nowhere as bad as I thought and over very quickly. They sprayed my throat and I had a mild sedative but was aware of what was going on. No pain except for wind in my throat and the need to burp. They found nothing wrong and after an hour’s rest I was allowed home. I would say to anyone not to be afraid of this procedure, in my experience. Doctors and nurses were all very sympathetic and treated me with great care.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 31

I had the flu for 2 weeks and I was not feeling better. I got chills, fever and aches, I went back to the doctor and he sent a blood test. He called me the next day that my CRP was 127 and sedimentation rate was 89. I was in antibiotics 2 (2 kinds that almost killed me, Cipro and metronidazole). I went the week after for another blood test and CRP was 22 and ESR 77. This week I went for another test and CRP was 1 which is normal but sedimentation rate is 66. It is going down but still high. I have a lot of pain on my pelvic area and lower back.

Comment from: track, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: February 12

The result of my sedimentation rate is 16. I have temporal arteritis since three years and now am taking 12 mg prednisone after a flare up, it happens every time the tapering is done too fast. A strict diet is followed regularly.

Comment from: thereishope, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 19

My sedimentation rate was 54. Vitamin D was 23. Very low. My doctor never told me anything about vitamin D. Only ask me to take Plaquenil. I made my research. I went gluten free and searched for another doctor who gave me gluten free, dairy free diet and vitamin D. My sedimentation rate after 3 week in a diet is 16. My joint pain disappeared after 5 weeks of diet and vitamin D. Please! Watch what you eat and you can get better.

Comment from: Maria, Female (Patient) Published: May 21

My sedimentation rate is 27, and I have sore throat and pains.

Comment from: JS123, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 11

I’m waiting on a referral to a new rheumatologist. My sedimentation rate has gone from 30 up to 65. My last test showed 1600. I asked a couple times if it was right and they said yes. I have RA (rheumatoid arthritis), OA (osteoarthritis), DDD (degenerative disc disease) and fibromyalgia. I work in a medical office. Luckily I have a good primary care!

Comment from: kibria, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 03

My ESR value is as high as 42, 8 months back it was 32. All other CBC results are within the normal values. Sometimes I experience itching and inflammation in feet. I have no diabetes and kidney problem according to recent blood test. So I want to know the cause of the high ESR.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 16

My ESR was 6mm/hour, C-reactive protein 0.1, ANA cascade 0.61, RA quantitative 15. I have chronic joint and lower back pain.

Comment from: Worried Mum, 13-18 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 06

My 17 year old has been in pain now for three months. Each time she is tested her ESR is rising, first result was 60 then 85 and now 97. She can barely walk, just getting up from a chair is difficult for her. I look at her walking and she looks like an 80 year old woman not the 17 year old she should be! I wonder if it is possible her body is fighting a tumor or something as sinister.

Comment from: Larry, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 27

My sedimentation rate was 47 and my primary care physician told me to take ibuprofen each day for the pain in my joints. He was very negligent as I got directed by my orthopedic surgeon to a psoriatic arthritis specialist who put me on Enbrel. I have been on it for 6 months. My latest blood test showed a sedimentation rate of 7! My primary care physician should have known better.

Comment from: MSBYOO, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: December 17

My husband (81) has had valley fever for 2 years. He was not getting any better so we sought out a 2nd opinion. The new doctor ordered a sedimentation rate on my husband. Results came back last week at sedimentation rate of 123. In April, 2012, it was a 2.

Comment from: horseman3, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 14

I was diagnosed with PMR (polymyalgia rheumatic) in 2010. My ESR was 77 at the time. That does not seem high but I had the test done in the afternoon when movement was more manageable. Initially I was prescribed 40 mg of prednisone. I am currently on 5mg of prednisone as maintenance and hovering at an ESR of 11-12 after three years. Movement is still a little difficult especially after manual labor or exercise. I would love to get off the prednisone but I don't think it is going to happen.

Comment from: Snail, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 07

My sedimentation rate test result is 51. I have a lot of pain and painful pressure points.

Comment from: oilman, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 03

My sedimentation rate test results were 32 but I don't know why the test was ordered. It's the first time I have ever seen this in all my blood lab test report.

Comment from: Liz, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 06

The result of my sedimentation rate test is 57... I guess that’s pretty high.

Comment from: Josie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

My sedimentation rate was 15 mm an hour, I am not sure if this is good or bad.

Comment from: Raven, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

I was just told today that my sedimentation rate came back at 85 and I need to see the rheumatologist. Not sure how I'm feeling.

Comment from: Ada, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 08

My sedimentation rate test result is 30. My joints hurt, ankles, knees and legs hurt, I hurt all over for the last year.

Comment from: Lori, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 11

The result of my sedimentation rate test was a 3 and I am nervous of what they are going to tell me.

Comment from: apoorva, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 24

The results of my sedimentation rate tests are ESR 100 MM/HR and my WBC IS 11100 cells/cubic mm.

Comment from: bby, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 03

Chickenpox is so annoying. It itches like crazy especially in public, it stings and I can't scratch it but gently tap it and the rash. It is just not a good sight, but anyway I'm taking 7 Keys herbal mixture. I hope to see improvement, I'm so tired.

Comment from: SPICOLI, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 16

My feet got swollen about 2 weeks ago and my doctor changed my insulin. Now I need to find a treatment to get the swelling down to normal so I can work. It's been a week now with new insulin and not much swelling has gone down.

Comment from: Sexy senior, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 24

I recently had gastrectomy surgery back in August of 2015. I now have multiple problems, I think because of adhesions, with no appetite, getting nausea after eating, and I lost major weight at 40 pounds since July. I have no desire to eat because it is going to make me sick no matter the food that I eat.

Comment from: Chapis, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: December 22

My sedimentation rate by modified Westergren results is 63H, ANA Screen, IFA results positive, ANA pattern results speckled, ANA Titer results 1:40 H.

Comment from: ldelia, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 23

The result of my sedimentation rate test was 42. I am 38 year old female that has been experiencing extreme levels of head pain, not headaches, but feeling of swelling in brain.

Comment from: PBR, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 08

I received my sedimentation rate result and it shows 18/37. I am a female and I am 37 years old. My knee and my heels have pain.

Comment from: mh, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 14

My sedimentation rate was 15 mm/hour, reactive protein 0.648 mg/dl, mcv 78.8, WBC 10.8 and RBC 5.08. I am on cancer treatment for breast cancer, only 4 months of Arimidex.

Comment from: Christina, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 11

My sedimentation rate was 28 and I am told the values fluctuate depending on your age. I am 52 and am having terrible joint pain.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

My ESR results came back 60. I have been having diarrhea severe abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, plus lack of appetite.C

Comment from: Irmapaz, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 21

My blood work result came back with a sed rate of 120 which explains the painfullower leg nodules and bruising. I got my first cortisone shot and WOW! What a miracle relief that gave me. 2 weeks after the shot I had another blood test and this time the result came back with a sed rate of 44 which is a big improvement.

Comment from: peacefuLaughter, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 03

I was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at age 13. My sed rates were generally over 100 for many years. Now I am 47, and the disease has never been in remission. I am learning to persevere. Once when I was having frequent blood tests and also seeing a counselor, my sed rate dropped 40 points after talking and crying for a while. Getting emotions out may help. My sed rate is 3 today. I am eating well.

Comment from: BillieR , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 22

My sedimentation rate test result is 35.

Comment from: bev, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: September 13

The result of my sedimentation rate test is 15.

Comment from: Patient X, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 07

The result of my sedimentation rate test is 32.

Comment from: me, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: July 30

My sedimentation rate test result is 26.

Comment from: sed, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 09

My sedimentation rate is 5.

Comment from: Lucy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 27

The result of my sedimentation rate test is 60.

Comment from: Hula, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 25

The result of my sedimentation rate test was 53.

Comment from: Kenab, 3-6 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 20

My son’s sedimentation rate test was 35, I don’t know what that means.

Comment from: svengoolie, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 29

The results of my sedimentation rate test was 33.

Comment from: Fee, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 22

The result of my sedimentation rate test is 42.

Comment from: ESR, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 21

The result of my sedimentation rate test is 3 mm.

Comment from: Turtle , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 31

The result of my sedimentation rate test is 42.

Comment from: Karen , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 14

The result of my sedimentation rate test is 57.

Comment from: Ohanagill, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

The result my sedimentation factor test is 48.

Comment from: Jid, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 02

The result of my sedimentation rate test is 43.

Comment from: Mizfit, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 19

The 1st sedimentation rate result was 67, on the 30th of October, and the 2nd one was 62 on November 1st.

Comment from: sw, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 07

The result of my sedimentation rate test is 6.

Comment from: Jazzie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 01

The result of my sedimentation rate test is 16.

Comment from: Janice, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

The result of my sedimentation rate test is 8.

Comment from: Inessa, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 19

The result of my sedimentation rate test is 30.

Comment from: Patricia Sly, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 28

My sedimentation rate is 36H.

Comment from: Watert, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 06

I had my sedimentation rate test done today and it came back as a 10.

Comment from: Janine, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 03

The result of my sedimentation rate test in the first hour was 48.

Comment from: Fred, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

The result of my sedimentation rate test is 6.

Comment from: nick, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 07

My sedimentation rate is les then 1. I am not sure what that means.

Comment from: eric, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 22

The result of my sedimentation rate test is 502.2.

Comment from: JM70WN, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 02

The result of my sedimentation rate test is 2 mm/hr.

Comment from: Leigh, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 24

The result of my sedimentation rate test is 97.

Comment from: cal, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 14

The result of my sedimentation rate test was 9.

Comment from: cinda, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 10

The result of my sedimentation rate test was 4 mm/hour.

Comment from: David, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 05

I have had hepatitis C for about 20 years. I hadn't had liver level test for a while as I was all fine, but went to the doctor and had tests done. The doctor told me that normal liver levels should be 15 and that mine is over 2 million! I am going to have treatment for hepatitis C this year sometime. I wonder if I should stay close to medical assistance with liver level this high, as I live out in the bush.

Comment from: Mrs.DAvies, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 17

I am 42 years old. My sedimentation rate result is 34.

Comment from: sexycougar40ish, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 09

My sedimentation rate result was a 41.

Comment from: 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 12

The results of my sedimentation rate test is 42.

Comment from: ShellsH, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 11

I'm 28 years old and have had problems with ovarian cyst since I was 12. I had my first major surgery when I was 12 and had a softball size cyst on my right ovary. The right ovary and cyst had to be removed. When I was 20 I had a cyst removed from my left ovary. When I was 24 I had another cyst removed on my left ovary. With all my surgeries I had to be cut open. Just two weeks ago I had another cyst on my left ovary bad had it removed laparoscopically. They had to remove my ovary also. So now I am 28 with no ovaries and will be going through menopause.

Comment from: cynthia, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 20

My sedimentation rate value was 9.

Comment from: marie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

My ESR Westergren rate is 22, if it means an infection I’m not sure what type it would be.

Comment from: Cindi, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 29

My sedimentation rate came back at 76. I don’t know what that means.

Comment from: paddy, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 20

The results were 30mm in the first hour and 64mm second hour.

Comment from: SissyD61, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 28

My sedimentation test rate was 65.

Comment from: shanaz, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 18

My ESR is 15mm.

Comment from: A. Basu, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 15

My 1st hour ESR is 15 and 2nd hour ESR is 28.

Comment from: Phyllis, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I am female. My test was 34 for my sedimentation rate.

Comment from: holjane, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

My sedimentation rate is 24.