Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR)
For some reason, the first thing I saw on the home page of this site is just sinking in. Look at the picture of the parasite-ridden red blood cells on the home page.
No wonder CFS sometimes shows a low ESR! And the achiness, too, could be due in part to the mechanical difficulty of squeezing those misshapen, oversized RBC's through a capillary.
Low ESR doesn't exist in the U.S. standard medical training -- it's only associated with inflamatory conditions, and generally only considered significant if it's high (over 20.) I understand that in some of the British standard handbooks, an ESR under 5 is considered abnormal. I found, but don't have the links right now, that low ESR is associated with Giant Cell Arteritis, another C.Pn. related condition.
Does anyone else who is under treatment for CPN related conditions happen to know what their ESR was before they started treatment?