I first heard of ESR when I was undergoing tests for Asthma. CRP cam into play much later when I started having what I refer to as more serious intestinal problems. After many tests and scopes the doc called and said ...did you know you CRP level was elevated and how long has it been this way? I said I wasn't aware of it and I hadn't the slightest clue as to what she was referring to. She then explained. My CRP level at the time was 22. Over the next three years it went up to 65. I had my gall bladder removed last summer and now its staying around 45. It truly is used to indicate inflammation. Years ago they were trying to use it as an indicator that you were at risk for heart failure. After much researched dcotors are backing away from that because people start to panic. It you are not getting a real idea of how your heart is functioning but more about the fact that there is inflammation in your body. They have come up with a newer version which is more specific but everyone body reacts differently. Some medications can affect the reading such as prednisone. As a general rule when I see my doctor after blood results are in I ask for a copy and keep them at home so that I can compare them. I am not trying to self diagnose but having it available certainly can be of assistance when seeing a new doctor or specialist.
Formal diagnosis 3/2006, IBS 1992, Degenerative Arthritis Facet block and RFA, Seizure Disorder, Severe Carpal Tunnel both hands, SVT arrythmia, 2004 cardiac Ablation
Cushings Syndrome(thanks Prednisone), Asthma, Multiple Laps for ovarian adhesion to bowel, C/5 & 6 disc herniation - plate with screws, resistant to anethesia/most pain meds. Chronic fungal infections.
Multitude of Meds. Have tried most Crohn's meds. Gall bladder removal and Intestinal Lap. June 08.- Intestinal blockage July 08 moved on from on Humira..now on Cimzia. .Off the Cimzia 7/8/09. Back on Humira. Systemic fungal infection. Waiting on Liver Biopsy & Hepatitis results.