Low Compliments (C3)??

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   Posted 12/10/2012 5:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone!

It's been a while since I posted...I've been doing pretty well (fingers-crossed) and trying to do my best to eat healthy and exercise regularly. Over the past 6 years I have been steadily getting better lab results after recovering from kidney failure in 2006...Over the past few years my compliments have been in the 80's and 90's (I think the normal range is 71-159 but based on my labs from last week, my C3 is 63...and when I had my labs done in August the value was 98 and back in March it was 84.

I know my doctor will call me to discuss (I can see the lab results online) but I was just wondering what does this mean?? All of my other lab results look pretty normal so I was wondering am I having a mini flare right now or is my immune system acting up right now? Should I be worried??

Any insights you all have will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!! xx

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   Posted 12/10/2012 7:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I think if the C3 drops that means more inflamation.

Mine has been slowly dropping over the last year. It's still considered normal but it's lower every test taken.
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   Posted 12/12/2012 7:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I personally wouldnt worry to much about the results of the test. The most important part is to go by how you feel. If you start feeling bad or see your joints swelling, then talk to your doctor. But if you feel good, nothing to worry yourself about.
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   Posted 12/12/2012 11:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much, Joy and Amy! Really appreciate your responses and glad to hear that it's not something to worry too much about. I've been feeling OK...I dont think I feel any worse or better compared to previous months, but I still struggle with back pain/aches and fatigue every day. Also, I just noticed that my double stranded DNA has also increased but I hope it's nothing :)
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