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C Reactive Protein Off the Charts! YIKES!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 18, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Background: I have been doing Paleo for about 6 months. I lost 17 lbs. I am still overweight but feel great. I recently had a physical and got my bloodwork done. The month prior to the bloodwork was not good as far as Paleo diet. I ate too many simple carbs and was sort of off the wagon (though still eating way better than I did before discovering Paleo). My resutls came back today. My C Reactive Protein is 82.5! Is that even possible!? Here are two factors that may matter. I happened to have a horrible cold/flu when getting the test and the doctor said I had an ear infection also. And I was on my period. I am freaking out a bit and thinking I might be dropping dead at any second! Can someone give me some feedback on this and recommend what I do next? Thanks!

EDIT: can someone direct me to a paleo friendly bloodwork result explanation also? My HDL is lower than what is recommended but I know that there are different ways of interpreting the tests thanks.

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on October 19, 2011
at 11:00 AM

thanks for this. I am going to talk to the doctor today and see about getting another test when my cold is completely gone

10f5204daebf1ba0d90a7b0c9dfd23b8

on October 18, 2011
at 08:26 PM

I had more blood tests done that day but I dont think ESR was one of them: Complete Blood Count w/Diff, Comprehensive Metabolic Panel, Iron and Binding Capacity, Lipid Panel, Hemoglobin A1C and Vitamin D.

10f5204daebf1ba0d90a7b0c9dfd23b8

on October 18, 2011
at 05:27 PM

Thank you. I am starting to feel better about it. I think I will go in for a test again when my cold is completely gone just for peace of mind.

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on October 18, 2011
at 05:21 PM

I don't remember for sure, but I think it was around 30. I didn't have any cold symptoms or anything at all.

10f5204daebf1ba0d90a7b0c9dfd23b8

on October 18, 2011
at 05:15 PM

do you remember if it was as high as 82.5 or around there? thanks!

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on October 18, 2011
at 05:05 PM

According to my GP, yes, having a cold and an ear infection will drive your CRP up; it's why she considers them not very useful outside the context of (a considerable amount of) other data.

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7d64d3988de1b0e493aacf37843c5596

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on October 18, 2011
at 05:12 PM

Mine was really high before too, but it had some note right next to it that stated I had to have had an infection to get that result.

When I checked it again a year later, it was around 1.1

7d64d3988de1b0e493aacf37843c5596

(2861)

on October 18, 2011
at 05:21 PM

I don't remember for sure, but I think it was around 30. I didn't have any cold symptoms or anything at all.

10f5204daebf1ba0d90a7b0c9dfd23b8

on October 18, 2011
at 05:15 PM

do you remember if it was as high as 82.5 or around there? thanks!

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

The last time I got test results, it said right on the sheet of paper that you shouldn't get tested if you have a cold or a bacterial infection. I think it said to wait three weeks after you were over the illness and then get tested. When you're sick, your immune system is very active and inflamed and the CRP test will be way out of whack!

10f5204daebf1ba0d90a7b0c9dfd23b8

on October 19, 2011
at 11:00 AM

thanks for this. I am going to talk to the doctor today and see about getting another test when my cold is completely gone

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on October 18, 2011
at 06:34 PM

How r your other inflammation markers? CRP is often accompanied by ESR, which shouldn't be as high CRP, if that's pretty specific to the inflammation locus. You need a copy of your entire blood work. You can't try to piece together what's going on by some quote your doctor gives your for selected items. That would be detective work and also one-sided.

10f5204daebf1ba0d90a7b0c9dfd23b8

on October 18, 2011
at 08:26 PM

I had more blood tests done that day but I dont think ESR was one of them: Complete Blood Count w/Diff, Comprehensive Metabolic Panel, Iron and Binding Capacity, Lipid Panel, Hemoglobin A1C and Vitamin D.

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