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   Posted 2/25/2008 10:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I wrote a post a few days ago about my labs showing "sky high" inflammation markers.  Well, I got some great replies - THANKS! 
So, some of your suggestions got me thinking.  For a couple of weeks prior I had a terrible sinus infection and was still battling it at the time I went for the labs.  Even though I had been feeling waaaay better for a few days prior, the day before I went for the labs I had spiked a fever of almost 103.  Now, I don't know if that was sinus related or what, but I never do run fevers and haven't since that night. 
I know that no one here is an MD, but could a sinus infection cause really high inflamation markers?  I am just trying to figure out what might be going on.
Like I have mentioned, I am falring slightly right now, but I am very functional and having relatively normal bowel movements for now.


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   Posted 2/25/2008 11:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Any sort of infection will bias the inflammation marker readings. The CR Protein reading might still be reasonable but the Sed Rate will give a totally wrong result.

These blood markers are extremly sensitive. If you have an infection you simply cannot make a conclusion about your reading and the health of your bowel.

That said it is unlikely that a sinus would cause very very high readings. More likely to just add a little to the overall result but still enough to skew it.

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   Posted 2/25/2008 12:18 PM (GMT -6)   
The past several times I have had blood tests, I was told my inflammation level was double the normal amount. I was feeling ok with my UC, no infections I knew of, and on Remicade.... It doesn't make sense. I don't really understand these tests.
Diagnosed with Left-sided Ulcerative Colitis 1995 at 15, Tried: Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocort. Enemas, Proctofoam, Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Canasa, Enotcort, Colazol, Anamantle, etc... had almost recto-vaginal fistula in 2004, put on Remicade, August 2007:Increased Remicade dosage-700mg every 6 weeks,diagnosed w/ Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Current meds: Remicade 700mgs every 6 wks (had reaction, will start Humira Feb 11) Clorazepate, Proctofoam HC, Glucosamine 500, Vitamin B, Lomotil,  Tylenol pm, Lyrica for Fibromyalgia started 1/17/08

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