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Many Dr.s are now using both sed rate and a CRP (C- reactive protein) test because the CRP seems to be more sensitive to the immediate inflammation. For example, 2 weeks ago while in intense pain I had both tests done and while my sed rate was 6 (or very low for a 55 yr old male), my CRP was 6.7 (normal is less than 0.8). Some medical literature suggests that there should be 0 level of CRP which is a protein manufactured by your liver to fight an attack (inflammation) to your immune system. Additionally CRP seems to be a better indicator of whether or not a particular medication is working. My Dr. will be checking my CRP monthly for this reason and is not at all concerned with my sed rate. By the way, it is a simple and inexpensive test that can be done with just a drop of blood, even a pin *****.
Hope this helps and best of luck,

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