crp blood test question

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Lovelabs
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   Posted 9/9/2009 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Had this test done when first saw LLMD along with many others. Was normal.

Now months later I noticed he ordered it again. Usually I just get blood done to test liver etc.

My heart rate was elevated at my visit( I get nervous) is this something they routinely check throughout treatment or do you think he thinks I have a heart issue or something. Reading into everything and getting nervous. This past month I have been worse than ever with herxes, etc. Could it have something to do with that, or do they just periodically check for things they already have. Thanks for any replies.

Razzle
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   Posted 9/9/2009 9:07 PM (GMT -6)   
CRP (C-Reactive Protein) is a generic marker for inflammation. He may be checking to see the level of inflammation in your body to help understand if any changes need to be made in your treatment.
-Razzle
Chronic Lyme Disease, Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication/Chemical Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, chronic Lymphopenia, intermittant pancytopenia, chronic malabsorption/malnutrition, etc.; G-Tube; Currently TPN-dependent.
Meds:  Pulmicort, IV Ceftazidime, Heparin (to flush PICC line), Claritin, Domperidone, Colloidal Silver (used topically), probiotics, homeopathy.


Lovelabs
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   Posted 9/10/2009 4:34 AM (GMT -6)   
So no need to worry about the heart thing? On the blood test form it says cardio crp.... Freaked me out

Razzle
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   Posted 9/10/2009 1:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I wouldn't worry about the heart thing. Some MD's use CRP to assess heart disease risk, but I think in the context of Lyme, it is more about the inflammation than anything else. Of course, you should ask your LLMD just to be sure, but this is my take on this situation.
-Razzle
Chronic Lyme Disease, Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication/Chemical Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, chronic Lymphopenia, intermittant pancytopenia, chronic malabsorption/malnutrition, etc.; G-Tube; Currently TPN-dependent.
Meds:  Pulmicort, IV Ceftazidime, Heparin (to flush PICC line), Claritin, Domperidone, Colloidal Silver (used topically), probiotics, homeopathy.


Lovelabs
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   Posted 9/10/2009 2:43 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks razzle.

Curious... How does that test show heart disease risk? I guess I just don't get it.

Minx
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   Posted 9/10/2009 8:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I thought this is interesting about my CRP level. It is normal if I am not herxing and then when I herx it is elevated 4 - 5 times normal. I try to time my blood tests with herxing to kind of get a picture of what is going on in my body.

Lovelabs
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   Posted 9/10/2009 9:21 PM (GMT -6)   
very interesting. I am due for the blood test in 2 weeks. Hope I am not herxing. Thank u guys for all the info. Much appreciated.

Razzle
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   Posted 9/11/2009 3:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Some studies have shown a correlation between elevated CRP and an increased risk of developing heart disease because CRP may be elevated by inflammation in the blood vessels. A newer test, called the highly sensitive CRP, may be more accurate than the regular CRP for determining heart disease risk.

That said, CRP is not specific to blood vessel inflammation and may be elevated by inflammation anywhere in the body. Even a cold can cause a temporary increase in the CRP level. But that doesn't mean you will get heart disease from the elevation of CRP from a cold - it just means that the cold has triggered an inflammatory response in the body to deal with the cold. Likewise, Lyme disease (or a herx) may trigger elevations in CRP that may or may not have anything to do with heart disease risk because Lyme disease has a tendency to trigger inflammation in the body.

I hope this helps - take care,
-Razzle
Chronic Lyme Disease, Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication/Chemical Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, chronic Lymphopenia, intermittant pancytopenia, chronic malabsorption/malnutrition, etc.; G-Tube; Currently TPN-dependent.
Meds:  Pulmicort, IV Ceftazidime, Heparin (to flush PICC line), Claritin, Domperidone, Colloidal Silver (used topically), probiotics, homeopathy.


Lovelabs
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   Posted 9/11/2009 4:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Razzle. Now I understand am not as nervous. Thanks.
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