Ep. 063 – Know Your Numbers: Sedimentation Rate (ESR)

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Happy November and welcome to Episode 63 of the Train Your Brain Podcast with Dr. Michael Trayford. Every Monday we produce a 30-minute episode. Tuesday through Sunday we produce episodes with five-minute tips. Every episode of the Train Your Brain Podcast features a tip, so you can receive pointers 365 days a year that will help enhance the performance of your brain!

Today Dr. Trayford shares a brain training tip for another medical test that you can reference to monitor your health. If you can have your sedimentation rate numbers tested you can detect inflammation and track damages from injury. Ask your doctor if this test might be helpful for you.

Sedimentation rate is a pretty basic test. It’s one of the biomarkers, hospitals monitor in people that have suffered a traumatic injury. Some other common terms include: erythrocyte sedimentation rate, or Sed-rate.
It’s sort of like when you put a bunch of dirt in a vial and shake it up, then let things slowly settle down to the bottom. This is similar to how sedimentation rate is measured, except instead of particles of dirt it looks at how fast red blood cells sink to the bottom of a vial as part of a blood test. It’s one of the markers for inflammation.

It’s an inexpensive test for many different conditions, inflammation, infection autoimmune diseases and things like that. Almost all of these conditions impact brain function.

The range is measured between zero to twenty. Ideally, you want to it measure zero or as close to zero as possible. When we’re seeing that in combination with C-reactive protein we know that something is going on. It’s another canary in the coalmine type of testing.
Most insurance companies will cover a test like this as common diagnostic testing.

If you have any concerns regarding the information and applications discussed in this podcast, please consult your physician and a doctor who is experienced in functional neurology. Michael Trayford DC, DACNB is available for consultation by calling (828) 708-5274. Thanks for listening.

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