Sed rate and CRP

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   Posted 11/6/2009 1:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Just had some more labwork done and those were the only 2 abnormal levels I had.  Actually my blood glucose was high but it was not fasting.  I typically get dizzy if I dont eat so I had some bread and kool-aid prior to my labwork.  My CRP was 7.9 and my sedrate was 29.  I am on humira weekly.  How bad are those levels?
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   Posted 11/6/2009 5:58 AM (GMT -7)   
     According to my chart here from the lab, a normal sed rate is below 30 mm/h.  Normal c-reactive protein is below .80 mg/dl.  So, your c-reactive protein level is high which means you have inflammation.   My doctor never puts too much faith in the sed rate, anything seems to set that off.   Ironically, even when I am in my worse flare with ulcerative proctitis, both these levels are normal in my blood tests.
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Doctor had me on 100 mgm of 6MP which drastically lowered my white count.  Now off the 6MP pending results of repeat white count. UGH.

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   Posted 11/6/2009 7:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I really don't think those are that far out of range. As Christine1946 saidanything can make the sed rate off and its really not that high.
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   Posted 11/6/2009 7:30 AM (GMT -7)   
According to the Mayo Clinic, the top end of the normal range for sed rate is 20 for men and 29 for women:
Normal CRP tends to be between 1-3, and "markedly elevated" is considered to be 10 and above:
A one-time snapshot, like this, isn't very helpful. What is more important is what is the trend line showing? In other words, what is the history of your own sed rate and CRP? Are they going up or down?

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   Posted 11/6/2009 7:31 AM (GMT -7)   

My experience has always been that the lab report contains not only my levels but also the reference range (range of "normal" levels). So I look to see what kind of spread there is in the reference range to judge just how far out of whack my levels are.


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