Elevated CRP...again

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   Posted 9/21/2009 3:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I wonder how accurate this test is as far as pinpointing the inflammation.  I had this labwork drawn on Monday of last week when it was still thought that I had a kidney infection which in turn turned out to be that SI joint issue where I had lots of swelling in my muscles in my back/pelvic region.  Could this have been what made my level elavated or is it the fact that even in my scope last year I showed signs of active CD?
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987

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   Posted 9/21/2009 8:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, you have some inflammation going on. It could be the hips or the beginning of a flare. My Rheumatologist told me one time that joint pain is a precursor to a Crohns flare sometimes. Good luck!
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Crohn's Disease for over 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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Sore Tum
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   Posted 9/21/2009 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   
CRP is used as a general screen, it will not give any indication of where the inflammation is just that there is some tissue damage/inflammation somewhere in your body at some point recently.
It will not tell you if that inflammation is at it's peak. It's a helpful tool for establishing that there is a problem, but not what that problem is.
It could be either causing the elevation in it's level.
30 year old, female.
Diagnosed with severe ulcerative proctitis, Mar 2009. (awating further tests to rule out Crohn's).
?2 fistulas, seton fistulotomy july 2009, 2nd fistula ?currently dormant.
Currently taking, 1200mg asacol TDS, 1g Pentasa supp, Probiotics, zinc supplement.
Prenisolone restarted 8th sept, for urgency, tapering dose.
Low residue diet, under the supervision of a dietician.
Past meds: prednisolone, colifoam ememas.

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