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Please help : Raised CRP levels in 2 blood tests

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Bubble2608 Thu 04-May-17 15:28:39

hello i have health anxiety and a couple of months ago i had a cold and some blood
in my phlegm (not coughing it up) i had chest x ray all was
fine and bloods where crp was 7 (should be less than 5) and neutrophils were raised too. No repeats a were given just some antibiotics and symptoms went away . last week
i went to doctor to ask to go back
on my anxiety medication and while there i mentioned for 3 weeks i had been getting night sweats so she felt my glands and said let's repeat the blood test from 2 months ago! They came back and white blood cells back to normal but crp is still 7 and i am
beside myself with worry and she wants to repeat in 4-6 weeks! from what i have read if levels don't drop because there has been an infection it can be a sign of cancer. i'm not sleeping or eating with worry . is someone able
to help? 2 years ago my crp was only 1

Skyllo30 Thu 04-May-17 15:31:49

I really wouldn't worry, 7 is basically normal. I wouldn't be worried until several times that.

gobbin Thu 04-May-17 20:08:05

As a guide, mine was about 420 immediately before I went in for an emergency ileostomy. 7 is only very, very slightly raised. Consultant is happy if mine is under 10.

PacificDogwod Thu 04-May-17 20:11:47

7 is really truly nothing to worry about.

It is within the statistical margin of natural variation - approx 5% of the population will fall outwith the 'normal' ranges set by labs (which varies btw, 'normal' CRP here is 6).

If you were acutely unwell your CRP may rise to several hundreds and that would be significant.

Raised neutrophils (those of your white blood cells that respond to bacterial infection) simply suggests a healthy, functioning immune system, doing what it is designed to do.

I think your anxiety is likely affecting your health currently more than your CRP - address that would be my advice.


gobbin Thu 04-May-17 20:19:29

Apologies, talking bollocks it was 214. Still very high though and I'm still kicking around! Don't panic.

Bubble2608 Thu 04-May-17 20:23:58

thank u all
so much for replying. I am so worried bevause it's the same 2 months apart and still elevated. Has anyone had this happen? x

PhoenixJasmine Thu 04-May-17 20:32:32

Normal reference ranges are generally what 95% of the population will fall in.... 2.5% of people will have their 'normal' below and 2.5% of people will have their 'normal' above. 7 might be your 'normal'.

Did you decide to go back on anxiety medication? Have you been through any talking therapy to help you with it?

SomedayMyPrinceWillCome Thu 04-May-17 20:34:30

CRP = Completely Random Protein!! wink

Bubble2608 Thu 04-May-17 20:37:03

my normal was a level of 1 in 2015 so that's why i am so worried and so worried even more it is the same 2
months later and also have night sweats for 3 weeks now, which is also worrying me. i have just started on meds for anxiety today too.

ilovechocolates Thu 04-May-17 20:45:55

Not sure how old you are. Could the night sweats be menopausal? Or TB?

Bubble2608 Thu 04-May-17 20:51:11

i am 43 so possible , altho had a baby 9'months ago. has anyone else had repeats of crp and it stayed elevated? all
i am reading is people having repeat blood tests and it's returned to normal which mine hasn't and panics
me more, is that's even possible. i'm literally sat here in tears

welshweasel Thu 04-May-17 20:55:54

Honestly, I wouldn't even be repeating it at that level, it's normal for all intents and purposes. Agree that your anxiety is likely to be the issue here.

Backingvocals Thu 04-May-17 20:55:57

Bubble I have this. My CRP is permanently slightly raised. Like the last seven tests over the course of three or four years. I can't remember the number but it's always out of range - not hugely but always. I'm just made that way. Dr says it is of no consequence.

Takeheed Thu 04-May-17 20:58:22

Crp measures inflammation and infection rates. 7 is barely raised but as your glands are slightly raised and all other markers are normal then antibiotics are appropriate as I suspect it's the tail end of a viral infection.
Nothing to worry about op. Seriously.

Bubble2608 Thu 04-May-17 20:58:24

Thank u for your reply....was it once low level as mine was 1 in 2015? do they keep retesting you?

Bubble2608 Thu 04-May-17 20:59:33

thank you but would it still be raised 2
months later even tho white cells returned to normal? no raised glands and all
other counts in normal range.

Bubble2608 Thu 04-May-17 21:00:51

yes anxiety is massive issue and i am trying to address
it with medication now. i just cant find anyone that had repeats and crp was still raised so frightening me

Bubble2608 Thu 04-May-17 21:05:34

normal range they want to see is 5 or below

HunkyDory69 Thu 04-May-17 21:08:33

I've had raised between 20 & 40 for the last several years. ESR & CRP repeated a few times a year but CRP never goes below 20. Had loads of tests but all clear so it's a mystery. I'm also health anxious but not to the same extent as you.

intravenouscoffee Thu 04-May-17 21:12:41

It's really not raised. It's just different to the last measurement you have. But by a really tiny amount. So a bit like checking your bank balance and expecting it to be around £5 overdrawn and actually it's £7. But you don't actually need to worry unless it's £150 overdrawn.

If it's any comfort I had night sweats for about a year after having my DC ( I blamed hormones) and also horrible health anxiety. I really feel for you. Sleep deprivation triggers my HA so having a baby made it quite bad! I'm really sorry you're suffering with it.

mummysgirls16 Thu 04-May-17 21:13:26

I'm very suprised they're even retesting. 7 is basically normal

AgainstTheOddsNo2 Thu 04-May-17 21:19:05

I worried because my esr was high. Then I saw another doctor who said "yes it is moderately high but it has been at every blood test since you were 17 (more than half my life) and if it were a problem you'd be dead by now" not exactly tactful but comforting nevertheless

Bubble2608 Thu 04-May-17 21:19:49

you for all your nice comments. I really wish they weren't retesting as it's scares
me with my health anxiety and it's so bad at the moment which is why i have had to make the hard decision to go
back on medication. what other tests did
u have to have hunky dory? I can't bear tests, they cause me so much anxiety, well
waiting for results. and having to wait now for 6 weeks
i don't know what i'm going to do as
panic it won't have gone down or gone up and then get sent for more tests. so
this wouldn't be a signal for cancer?

Bubble2608 Thu 04-May-17 21:21:52

thank u, i am in such a bad place at the moment and hearing your replies
is helping a bit. I just know it's not my normal level and just wish it had come back to my normal
level on the repeat sad

Bubble2608 Thu 04-May-17 21:22:53

i'm trying to reply to u all individually but for
some reason i can't!

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