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My ESR level is 63. what does it mean ?

sir, iam 37 old female. past three months i have back pain .yesterday i went to ortho dr.he recament x ray.it is normal.i have fever also. he take blood test.the esr level is63. rumotoid factor -negative.he priscribed ceffixime 3 days.esr level is obnormal.what happend for this sir. iam worried.
Sat, 21 May 2011
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hi,thanks for query.High esr alone does not carry much importance.ESR is more used for judging the response to treatment not much for diagnosis.Do not worry ,he has given you antibiotics so he might be suspecting some infection.Please take medicines as advised and keep regular follow up.bye.
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General & Family Physician Dr. Shainaz Arif Kaware's  Response
Hi banu;
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ESR of a person gets raised whenever there is any sort of active infection in a human body and even it increases in anaemia .ESR of 63 is definitely high.Since your X-ray and rheumatoid factor is normal i guess the increase in ESR ia due to fever which you have.Cefixime is an antibiotic so see if the fever subsides in 3 days then may be you can should continue it for another 2 days making it 5 days.After the fever is gone may be after 2 weeks you can repeat the ESR and see if it comes to normal fine but if it remains high you need to consult your doctor again.
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