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Carysgage08

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Hi! I'm new to the board. I was recently diagnosed with lupus at the age of 14. At my last appointment they had some blood work done and my sed rate was at 30. The doctor wants me to come back and get more blood work. Is 30 a dangerous number? Does anyone have any experience with this?
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I think a number of 30 just means that you have some inflammation going on. So not that it's dangerous - in my non medical opinion - but I am sure a goal of treatment would be to reduce inflammation....and make you feel better. Hope that helps!
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Thank you! My doctors don't always explain everything.....leaving me a little confused. So thankd you!!!!!
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No problem! :)
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A normal SED rate used to be 0-10 now it's 0-20 so it does look like you have some inflammation going on but none of us on here are doctors. You should always ask your doctor for a copy of all your lab test they are good to have on hand.

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Thank you!
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SED rate does indicate inflammation.  My rheumy always told me that the number should be half your age for a "normal" reporting.
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The sedimentation rate (sed rate) blood test measures how quickly red blood cells (erythrocytes) settle in a test tube in one hour. The more red cells that fall to the bottom of the test tube in one hour, the higher the sed rate.

When inflammation is present in the body, certain proteins cause red blood cells to stick together and fall more quickly than normal to the bottom of the tube. These proteins are produced by the liver and the immune system under many abnormal conditions, such as an infection, an autoimmune disease, or cancer.

There are many possible causes of a high sedimentation rate. For this reason, a sed rate is done with other tests to confirm a diagnosis. After a diagnosis has been made, a sed rate can be done to help check on the disease or see how well treatment is working.


Sedimentation rate 1
Men        
0-15 millimeters per hour (mm/hr), or 0-20 mm/hr for men older than 50

Women        
0-20 mm/hr, or 0-30 mm/hr for women older than 50

Children        
0-10 mm/hr

Newborns        
0-2 mm/hr

High values

High sedimentation rates may be caused by:

Autoimmune diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosus or rheumatoid arthritis.
Cancer, such as lymphoma or multiple myeloma.
Chronic kidney disease.
Infection, such as pneumonia, pelvic inflammatory disease, or appendicitis.
Inflammation of joints (such as polymyalgia rheumatica) and blood vessels (such as giant cell arteritis).
Inflammation of the thyroid gland (Graves' disease).
Kidney, bone, joint, skin, or heart valve infections.
Pregnancy and preeclampsia (toxemia of pregnancy).
Viral infections.
Low values

I got this information straight from Web MD if anyone has any questions. This should answer any and all questions regarding SED rate

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Hello.I have Lupus and Sjogrens, an auto-immune dryness of exocrine glands (dry eyes feeling gritty) plus other systemic symptoms.

My rheumy told me that a high sed rate is a gross measure and indicative of many diagnoses. Other tests must be done (ANA, for example) to make a dx. He also said that a Lupus patient can be feeling fine with a high sed rate and sick as can be with a low one. So--sed rates are unreliable lupus markers most of the time.
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Hi Rosie your SED rate is just one of many tests that your doc does to confirm or assess your disease activity
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