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13 Mar 2003

CRP levels in blood
After sufferering blinding headaches for 4 days, blood tests show a CRP level of 148 and I have been prescribed an antibiotic to treat a suspected inflammation and infection, based on the blood test result. please explain what CRP levels are. Iwas told that a normal level is less than 10.

Also, i have been told that I have a massive magnesium defficiency. what are the symptoms and causes of such a defficiency.

Thanks for your help
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CyberDoc

01 Jan 0001

SOR, the body responds to a wide variety of insults with, amongst other things, the synthesis of a number of proteins of which C reactive protein (CRP) is one. It is normally present in the serum at less than 10mg/l. It has a half-life of 24h and is particularly useful in assessing the presence of underlying disease and the response to treatment. CRP rises within 8 hours of an inflammatory stimulus, and is waning by 3 days (eg post-surgery). Causes of greatly increased CRP are: bacterial infections, most inflammatory diseases (eg Crohn’s, connective tissue diseases), neoplasia, trauma and necrosis (like in the case of a heart attack). The CRP should fall with about 50% per day with successful antibiotic treatment.
The most common causes of a “massive magnesium deficiency” are malabsorption syndromes, protein-calorie malnutrition, parathyroid disease, chronic alcoholism and chronic diarrhoea. The most common symptoms of a “massive magnesium deficiency” are loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, tiredness, weakness, personality change, tetany and tremors.
Hope this answered your questions. Good luck.
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