I had, what I thought was nasty flu bug a month ago. I also had severe hip pain.
Saw my doctor, he booked an x-ray for hip and said he wanted bloods.
Tuesday I see him for results, hip was perfect, must have been a trapped nerve he said but the bloods were not good. ESR was 25, he told me start on 10mgs of pred straight away. I'm on 05 mgs.
I politely asked if the virus I had had caused the ESR rate to go up. It was possible but he still wanted me on the 10mgs just in case. I wasn't too keen on that as I have not had any problems GCA wise.
Pause... "Well, we could do another blood test to see if the ESR has gone down"! My choice.
I opted for another blood test which was sent off in a red box apparently.
I had to ring for the results, the ESR was 9, doctor said that he thought that the virus I had may have been the reason for the elevated ESR. Ummm!!!
My daughter pointed out that when the first results were elevated they should have contacted me.
Glad I went with *my* choice now. I would have been stuck on 10mgs of pred for nothing.