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Hello. At my annual physical yesterday, my BP, cholesterol,

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Hello. At my annual physical yesterday, my BP, cholesterol, and triglycerides were normal. My CRP was elevated at 8.5. I have not been feeling well lately. Should I be concerned?

mysticdoc :

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mysticdoc :

Hi there,


I am Mysticdoc, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.


I am here to help you with your concerns.

mysticdoc :

CRP can go up with any inflammation in the body.

mysticdoc :

this includes recent viral infection as well.

mysticdoc :

Your symptoms can very well be viral infection related and that an cause high CRP.

mysticdoc :

Autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis also can cause this.

mysticdoc :

But you should have clinical symptoms like joint pain and swelling for example.

mysticdoc :

Increased CRP can be a risk factor for heart disease.

mysticdoc :

But your other parameters like BP, cholesterol etc are normal.

mysticdoc :

So nothing much needs to be done

Customer:

I've been having generalized fatigue, headaches, pain in my fingers and knees, and sensitivity to the sun (gives me a rash across my face).

Customer:

He was concerned about lupus, but the ANA came back negative.

mysticdoc :

ok

mysticdoc :

RA is a possibility

mysticdoc :

Also viral infection can cause this known as reactive arthritis

Customer:

Okay. Thanks.

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