Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR), also termed as Sed Rate, is a type of blood test to check if there is any inflammatory activity in your body. Doctors generally recommend for the Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate test to detect the diseases linked to inflammatory such as infection, cancer, and arthritis.

Symptoms You Might Need to go for Sed Rate:

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, your doctor may ask you to undergo the test:

  • Headaches
  • Stiff, swollen, or pain in joints
  • Pain in shoulder, neck, and pelvis
  • Weight loss
  • Appetite loss

The sed test can be one of the diagnosis procedures if you have developed any of the following health conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Polymyalgia rheumatic
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Inflammation in the blood vessel
  • Lupus

People, who are diagnosed with abnormal ESR report, are not necessarily to have a serious medical condition. It may also show you higher levels because of menstruation, medications, or pregnancy.