I have kept up on meds, new treatments, side efffects and symptoms, but I don't really now much about my blood work. What should my sed rate be? When should I be concerned? I know I don't test positive for the RA factor--I'm one of the weird ones---but other than that I've not found out about my blood work. Where should I start?
K-LynnHere's site with info: http://www.labtestsonline.org/understanding/conditions/rheum atoid.html
There aare two different tests for SED rate, so working out what is normal depends on which one the lab use. I know that for the one used most frequently in the UK the easiest way to work out your normal SED rate range is:
Male - Age divided by two
Female - (Age plus ten) divided by two.
Anything below the number you end up with is normal.Normal Range 0-20. I agree Lorster, my Doc and Rheumy both told me that too. I'm lucky enough to be sitting in the high 20's right now - so not too bad, although I have had blood tests when the pain level has been about a 7 0r 8 for me, and ESR hasn't risen significantly. I am blessed with a pair who listen to what I say as well - Rheumy says even that is not always a true indication of the pain that I am feeling at those times. My sed rate is 34 right now. I seem to worry more about my CRP with is 8.4
Just checked my labs to see what mine was. My sed rate was 33 (it shows a normal range of 0-20) and the CRP was 11.10. There's a sheet with a whole bunch of other stuff they ran, but I don't have a clue what they mean? It says CBC/Auto at the top and then lists 20 "things." I see the RBC is listed as being high and then the RDW and MPV are low. Whatever that means....
Amylynn, your numbers look like mine but my cbc is normal. Where is most
My pain is mostly my hands & Wrists.....but now my ankles and feet are also bad... My hips are sore some days, but fine others. And my back....but my back has hurt for a long time due to a compression fracture back in 2001, so it's hard to tell if it's just from that..or if it's "new RA pain." My neck is super super sore---but again, I don't know if it's the RA? Seems like if I just got a really good massage it'd feel better.
I get labs done again May 16th, so I'm anxious to see what they show. I honestly can't say I've improved any since I started on the meds. My feet were never like this before....my left one used to bother me some, but I attributed it to my weight. ( which I suppose it still could be) But if it took you 3 months to see a difference, I'll wait it out. I just started month 2 of it.
No, I don't take any fish oil or omega supps.....didn't know about those. But sure am willing to try them.okay, I need to figure out the whole testing language and acronyms. all I know is what my RA factor is (315). I have no idea what a sed rate is or CRP. I looked at the link above but I'm not sure I understand it. I guess I'll be asking my doctor for more info at my appt. next month.
Hula- I don't have a clue what the CRP actually is....I just read my lab report and noticed the number.
Hope that helps?
Thanks for all the input. I think I'll start keeping track of my bloodwork a little more now. I never have actually seen a report--I'm going to ask for copies now.