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Blood Work question

Discussion in 'Tests and Procedures' started by Kristiw, Nov 7, 2018.

  1. Kristiw

    Kristiw New Member

    Hello Everyone!

    I am new to the forum and need some help with bloodwork.

    I was recently going to a allergy specialist and due to some weird skin rashes, busted blood vessel in same eye (4 in 6 months), aches/pains, she decided to do some blood work and referred me to a Rheumatologist. I waited to get blood work back and my ESR was elevated at 34. She mentioned the word vasculitis but again wanted me to go to Rheumatologist. Well, I went and it was a waste (in my opinion). He did NO blood work, looked at me and went over symptoms and said I have Fibromyalgia. I went back to my primary care doctor and asked her to please run more test. On 10/25 she ran - CCP Antibody, Comprehensive Metabolic Panel, Rheumatoid Factor Test Qual, Antinuclear Antibodies, RBC Sed Rate Automated. I have checked numerous times to see if my results are back and the only thing that was posted was RA rfxTiter (Rheumatoid Factor) which shows Normal. I guess my question is - does the other test usually take this long? Or since that is showing normal all other test that way?
    I greatly appreciate any advise!
  2. Kristiw

    Kristiw New Member

    Update, got results back. Everything was normal/negative but my ESR was still elevated. Not that I wanted anything wrong, but I'm so aggravated trying to find out answers as to why I hurt, why my hair falls out, why I have weird unexplained rashes, why I get busted blood vessel in same eye numerous times. I JUST WANT TO FEEL BETTER and Know....
  3. lazylegs

    lazylegs Moderator

    Welcome Kristi,

    Have you seen an Ophthalmologist for your eye?

    The elevated ESR indicates inflammation but unfortunately not the cause. It may be a waiting game before something else shows positive to give the doctor a clearer picture of what is going on. In the meantime don't give up. Keep asking for answers and try to figure out anything that triggers your symptoms.

    Take care,
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