An ESR test is a blood test that can be used to determine if you have an inflammatory condition. Inflammation is often associated with conditions such as infections, cancer, and autoimmune diseases. There are many types of inflammation. Some are short-term, like those caused by infection or injury. Others can be long-term, as in the case of chronic disease. A sed rate is a blood test that is used to determine how serious or abnormal the inflammation is. ESR test is used with other diagnostic tools, to monitor overall inflammation condition.
Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include persistent joint pain, stiffness, headache, weight loss, anemia, neck or shoulder pain, and loss of appetite. Systemic vasculitis, polymyalgia rheumatica, and temporal arteritis are all conditions that affect the blood vessels in the body. Systemic vasculitis causes inflammation of your blood vessels. Polymyalgia rheumatica causes muscle pain and stiffness. All these conditions can be diagnosed with the help of the ESR test along with other tests.