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High CRP-What tests should be done???

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  • Posted By: blondieslp
  • February 16, 2009
  • 03:43 PM

I just found out that I have a CRP Level of 13.5. What should be the next step? Can anyone help? Thanks

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  • I just found out that I have a CRP Level of 13.5. What should be the next step? Can anyone help? Thanks What are your symptoms? ALL of them please. Why were you tested for CRP? Did you have a CBC? What were all the results? You have given only one piece of data, not enough.
    Freddd 3576 Replies
    • February 18, 2009
    • 06:06 AM
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  • Hi,My cholesterol has been on the high side, I am taking simvastin for that but still is 222 my sed rate has been creeping up because I have some osteoarthritis but other than being hypothyroid I think the rest of the cbc was fine. My doctor has scheduled a reg. stress test for Mon. but I do know that if you say have an AAA then a stress test might not be the best thing to do. I think she believes it could be more of a future heart issue. High Chol. runs in my family and both parents had heart disease but lived well into their eighties. Hope this info. helps you to help me. Thanks!
    blondieslp 3 Replies
    • February 18, 2009
    • 05:10 PM
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  • Hi, My cholesterol has been on the high side, I am taking simvastin for that but still is 222 my sed rate has been creeping up because I have some osteoarthritis but other than being hypothyroid I think the rest of the cbc was fine. My doctor has scheduled a reg. stress test for Mon. but I do know that if you say have an AAA then a stress test might not be the best thing to do. I think she believes it could be more of a future heart issue. High Chol. runs in my family and both parents had heart disease but lived well into their eighties. Hope this info. helps you to help me. Thanks! Hi Blondieslp, What are the other CBC numbers. An MCV and MCH that are "fine" might give a hint when combined with white count, platelet count, hypersegmented neutaphils etc. There are values there that might be alerted at one lab but are "fine" at another. What additional minor and/or major symptoms do you have? What was the reason for having a CRP test? Do you have infections or suspected infections? Do you have gum disease? Do you have teeth sensitive to hot and cold, burning tongue, burning mouth, unusual fatigue, burning bladder, burning muscles, poor exercise tolerance or a whole host of other things? Is the hypothyroid being treated?
    Freddd 3576 Replies
    • February 18, 2009
    • 06:54 PM
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  • The reason for the crp test was I have been a more short of breath and fatigued. My chol. was still up higher than my doctor wanted. She gave me an EKG when I was in her office a couple weeks ago but it seemed fine. I think it was to make sure before I left her office. This issue with my cholesterol has been going on for years. I am also 40 overweight. As far as the other numbers on my blood tests, I don't have a copy of the report yet. My thyroid issue has been under the care of my physician for 18 yrs. I do not have gum disease. My teeth are at times sensitive to cold. About 2 weeks after my blood work I did come down with Bronchitis. I am on the mend now. No burning mouth, bladder or muscles. I have had some more stiffness and some pain from the osteoarthritis. This is about all I can tell you until I get a copy of the blood work. The stress test is monday. Maybe that will uliminateany heart problems. Thanks for your help. Blondie
    blondieslp 3 Replies
    • February 18, 2009
    • 10:39 PM
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  • The reason for the crp test was I have been a more short of breath and fatigued. My chol. was still up higher than my doctor wanted. She gave me an EKG when I was in her office a couple weeks ago but it seemed fine. I think it was to make sure before I left her office. This issue with my cholesterol has been going on for years. I am also 40 overweight. As far as the other numbers on my blood tests, I don't have a copy of the report yet. My thyroid issue has been under the care of my physician for 18 yrs. I do not have gum disease. My teeth are at times sensitive to cold. About 2 weeks after my blood work I did come down with Bronchitis. I am on the mend now. No burning mouth, bladder or muscles. I have had some more stiffness and some pain from the osteoarthritis. This is about all I can tell you until I get a copy of the blood work. The stress test is monday. Maybe that will uliminateany heart problems. Thanks for your help. Blondie Hi Blondie, Have they done a homocysteine test? What about uMMA? What about serum cobalamin and serum folate? Now that were are in the context for the heart things are beginning to make some sense. As to the weight, is much of it excess water? Do you have edema at the ankles or anywhere else. How are your hands and feet in the morning considering pain and swelling as compared to night? If you restrict your diet calorically and exercise do you loose wieght or does it seem utterly impossible no matter what you do. I was in the later category after age 32 and up until age 58. Now my weight is influenced by diet and exercise whereas for 26 years it wasn't except sometimes, not predictably. I had definite metabolic problems. Are you on Synthroid or Levothyroxin or Armour Thyroid or what?
    Freddd 3576 Replies
    • February 19, 2009
    • 02:04 AM
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  • Hi Blondie, Have they done a homocysteine test? What about uMMA? What about serum cobalamin and serum folate? Now that were are in the context for the heart things are beginning to make some sense. As to the weight, is much of it excess water? Do you have edema at the ankles or anywhere else. How are your hands and feet in the morning considering pain and swelling as compared to night? If you restrict your diet calorically and exercise do you loose wieght or does it seem utterly impossible no matter what you do. I was in the later category after age 32 and up until age 58. Now my weight is influenced by diet and exercise whereas for 26 years it wasn't except sometimes, not predictably. I had definite metabolic problems. Are you on Synthroid or Levothyroxin or Armour Thyroid or what?Hi FredddI don't know about whether these tests you mention were done. My weight problem is just plain fat although over the years I have had problems with edema on my ankles. This happens particularly in the summer with humid weather or if I am on my feet alot. My hands do swell some at night and so by morning there is swelling and some pain with the arthritis. I have not been very active this winter because of how I have been feeling but am hoping to get out and walk this week on a regular basis. I would say I have had a problem with metabolism for some time as well. I am taking levothyroxine for my thyroid. Was 137mcg. just changed to 125mcg. Anyway, thats about it. I just hope I don't drop dead on the treadmill during the stress test.
    blondieslp 3 Replies
    • February 19, 2009
    • 05:20 PM
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