I just want to know if this really is nothing in the world of Lupus and inflammation....rheumatologists refuse to consider Lupus,because: 1. They have looked at everything else, and nothing else fits what is going on. My platelet count had been low and went even lower and I had mild anemia for years. I need help, so I don't mind) It was 38 two weeks ago, and it is 52 now. I wish you didn't have this to deal with at such a young age. My doctors deduced I had it several months before my first flare and confirmation by tests that I had lupus. Chloroquine phosphate over the counter Does plaquenil interact with prednisone What drugs interact with plaquenil Erythrocyte sedimentation rate. This blood test determines the rate at which red blood cells settle to the bottom of a tube in an hour. A faster than normal rate may indicate a systemic disease, such as lupus. The sedimentation rate isn't specific for any one disease. A sedimentation rate is a common blood test that is used to detect and monitor inflammation in the body. The sedimentation rate is also called the erythrocyte sedimentation rate because it is a measure of the speed that the red blood cells erythrocytes in a tube of blood fall to the bottom of the tube form sediment. My sed rate runs between 80 and 90----it has for several years. The Infectious Disease Dr. that I saw would not run a sed rate because he said it is of no value. According to him, if you had a pimple on your face it would give you a high sed rate. Someone will be along with information/criteria for diagnosis. There are alot of helpful, smart and supportive people in this forum. God Bless You, Judy FMS won't register an elevated ESR. Keep a diary of all your symptoms, take pictures of any rashes, etc. People with fibro do not usually have abnormal labs and an elevated sed rate means you have inflammation somewhere. It is just an indication that some type of inflammatory process is active. Tests can be negative or positive and vary from test to test and yet you can have lupus. Make sure your rheumatologist has as much information as possible. That is why so many do not get a positive diagnosis for years. Plaquenil increases sed rate Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate and C-Reactive Protein Old., What Is Sedimentation Rate? Normal Test Levels & What They Mean Plaquenil and itchingIs hydroxychloroquine used for fibromyalgia Jan 14, 2016 Since you can't take steroids, what do they use for the inflammation from the Episclerities? Do the steroids give you the feeling of a racing heart happens to a lot of us, or does your heart rate actually increase? There are other treatments -- Plaquenil inhibits disease progression, Cellcept/Imuran/MTX help control disease. High ANA / Sed Rate -. Sedimentation rate and scleroderma - Scleroderma - Inspire. Sed rate erythrocyte sedimentation rate - Mayo Clinic. Would be 4 weeks past effusion - C-reactive and Sed. C-reactive greatly improved, yet sed rate still high. Echocardiagram shows heart is 100% fine. She is now fever free. thoughts on what is driving. I'm sure you've probably had a sed rate and crp which test for systemmic inflammation Plaquenil is a drug that works for Ra and for Lupus. I've been on it for 61/2 years and it has worked very well for me without side affects. I get 6 month eye exams. Plaquenil is not effective against chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine-resistant strains of Plasmodium species see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY – Microbiology. Plaquenil is not recommended for the treatment of malaria acquired in geographic areas where chloroquine resistance occurs or when the Plasmodium species has not been identified.