I am someone who has had elevated compliment levels. My old rheumy just shrugged her shoulders and said she didn't know what it meant. I found out through my own research and also through my current rheumy that increased compliment levels can mean acute inflammation which can mean you are headed for a flare. Here's a quote from a medical article I found regarding compliment levels:
"Increased levels of both C3 and C4, in addition to increased concentrations of C-ReactiveProtein, are linked to acute inflammatory disease and tissue inflammation."
All of this can be frustrating since not all docs agree on what the symptoms and the labs mean. I sometimes think you could go to three different docs with the same symptoms and labs and walk away with three different diagnoses.
Hang in there and don't stop looking for answers.
Diagnosis: UCTD (lupus) 2006; Raynauds 2006; Sjogren's 2006; lupus symptoms began 2003; CFS 1991; Mono 1985
Meds: Plaquenil 400mg; Prednisone 5-10mg; Tramadol 100mg 3-4x daily; Doxepin 25-50mg; Prevacid; Evoxac; Steriod Cream and Mouth Rinse for tongue and mouth ulcers; Hydrocodone 5/500 prn for severe pain; Artificial tears
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