The reason I ask, beyond just wanting to understand it all better, is that someone who started hookworms -- yes, I'm back onto hookworms again -- in December just reported on another forum that her levels have really dropped -- into the normal range. I asked her to post her results on this forum too but I see she hasn't yet. She just reported a day or two ago. She did share her story on our earlier thread about hookworm. My apologies for stealing her story, but I really want to investigate this. She reported that her blood test taken 2-days before hookworm innoculation showed CRP = 5.4 (normal: <0.8) and ESR = 31 (normal 0-20). At the end of April (4.5 months later), her levels were CRP = 0.9 and ESR = 7. She said her GI was amazed and described it as remission.
I'm still trying to get a clear picture of whether hookworm can modify the immune system to a degree that your body stops or significantly reduces the disease process. Unfortunately the trials are still underway. BTW, the way you can still participate in the UK trial because they are looking for a dozen more participants. I asked the study director if I could go to the UK, get innoculated, and then get checkups here at home. No go.
Any words of wisdom about how CRP and ESR rates relate to disease activity are greatly appreciated!!