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17 Jul 2006

Me again and my CRP level
Hi doc

So I went to the Rheumatologist and she gave me some cortisone to use. Did not help much with the muscle and joint pains, but it's not as bad as it was. About a month ago I started getting rectal pain again, and after a visit to my GP he said there was no polyps or urine infection. He took some blood and my blood counts were normal. My PSA was also normal BUT my CRP was 10.7. He gave me UTIN 400mg twice a day for 10 days. Believe it or not, after a few days the muscle and joint pains were gone and the rectal pain too. This was about a week ago. Now (after a week off the antibiotics) the rectal pain is back and the joint pains too. And to top it off, I've gotten shingles!!! AAAAAAAGGGGGGHHH. I went through all my bloodwork this weekend and found one thing very odd. All counts are normal except my CRP. 1st reading was <3, 2nd was 5, 3rd was 8 and the last one was 10.7. I mentioned this to my GP, but he was not even concerned about it and said 10.7 was normal. Why does CRP increase with every bloodcount? What could be causing it....could it have been shingles all along? My GP says it could be prostatitis. I know CRP measures inflammation in the body. But a rising CRP is not good and I don't know what to do anymore. Should I rather go back to my internist? Could this be a cancer of some sort?

I'm 29 yrs old doc. I've been to two internists, GP's, Gastro doc, Neurologist and Rheumatologist and they just don't know what's going on....can't go on like this anymore.
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Keen
You are correct - CRP is an inflammatory marker and shows up things like infections and inflammations. CRP is not diagnostic but rather an indicator of how well your medication is working. See

This is just a hunch but did they test you for tickbite fever ?
Other possible causes can be brucellosis, HIV, streptococcal infection, fibromialgia or hypo gammaglobulinemia. I don't think you have to worry about cancer. Ask your internist to delve deeper. Please don't feel despondent, some diseases need time to sort out and it is to the doctor like building a big jigsaw puzzle - they should just not NOT look for the cause and just treat you to get you out of the consulting room!!
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