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   Posted 3/30/2008 8:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi All,
I saw my GI on the 17th and he had labs done on me.  I warned the phlebotomist (sp?) that I am a hard stick and she told me her nickname is 1 stick kim....well after me she said she has to change her nickname.  She told me she has worked in oncology and even in drug clinics and I was the worst ever, they can hit the vein the it either rolls away or blows.  She eventually got me with an infant needle on the 3rd try.
Here is my question, I know if there were any big issue I would have gotten a call.  My GI had a CBC with white count diff drawn (I was use to that with imuran but havent had the white count done besides in the hospital recently ...I guess he is doing that since I am in pain and on Humira?  he also did a sed rate which I know will be high since my joints alone are swollen to 2-3 times their normal size.  he did a CRP what does the c reactive protein show anyway? what is a normal level and if abnormal what can that mean?  He did another test too I forget which but I knew what that one was
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 3/30/2008 8:39 AM (GMT -7)   
C reactive shows inflammation.

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   Posted 3/30/2008 9:25 AM (GMT -7)   
CRP indicates inflammation. Usually a CRP <1 is considered "normal." Docs consider CRP to be more specific for Crohn's-related inflammation than the sed rate (ESR), which is a very general measure of inflammation. When I've been in a flare, my CRP was 37 one time, 19 another time. Now it's 0.6 and I feel fine, doctor says I'm in remission. I've seen all my lab results and in my case it seems like the CRP changes a lot faster than ESR.

Personally I don't trust my docs to call me. I always get a copy of my records, including lab work and all radiological reports, from medical records. I've been getting bloodwork done monthly so it's a pretty big file! You can also ask your doc/their nurse for a printout.


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   Posted 3/30/2008 10:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I believe 0-4 is okay on the crp. Mine has been as high as 25.8 which my dr called grossly abnormal. The c reactive protein measures the inflammation in your body.

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   Posted 3/30/2008 2:51 PM (GMT -7)   
A couple of URLs for checking tests and ranges:

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