Prednisone’s affect on SED rate

Question

I just had blood work done at the request of my hand surgeon. I have been taking 5 mg prednisone every other day for pain in my wrist for a couple weeks (different doctor prescribed it). Will that affect the SED rate results?

Answer

Although prednisone can decrease the sed rate, the dose you are taking is so low, I think it is unlikely that it will have much effect.

Alan Matsumoto, M.D.

About Alan Matsumoto, M.D.

Part-time Faculty, Division of Rheumatology
Johns Hopkins University