Inflammation , Elevated CRP

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by greatgran, Nov 14, 2008.

  1. greatgran

    greatgran Member

    Ever since this dd I have had an elevated CPR, usually around 15-25, my doctor doesn't seem concerned, nor does the rheumy. So meds have not been prescibed. I do take bufferin at least once a day and sometimes more.

    Do any of you have inflammation if so why and what treatment?

    I have read that inflammation can cause the CFS and FM symptoms , maybe inflammation is part of the dd.

    Any input, Thanks,
    [This Message was Edited on 11/15/2008]
  2. Janalynn

    Janalynn New Member

    I don't have CFS, just FM. Because I don't have inflammation is part of the reason I was diagnosed with FM.
    Now if inflammation can cause FM - who knows.
  3. 2sic2mooov

    2sic2mooov New Member

    Hey gg,
    I have scores of test results but remember docs actually saying my test for this was normal even though I go in with swelling in hands enough I cant bend my fingers, swelling around eyes enough each AM I cant open them sometimes, and swelling in joint areas that look like areas are double in size, I have taken pictues of to document b/c sometimes by the time I would get to doc they would be gone or "move" to the other side of the body. One urgent care doc said was "migratory arthritis". I also was in many times this last winter/spring with severe upper GI problems that was finally dx as eosinophil esophagitis that was causing unbearable esophogeal spasms that felt and simulated heart attack. Any condition with "itis" attached to the end is considered inflammation of that organ, tissue, etc. Yet even in the midst of these flare ups my indicators were normal. I was given nothing for the spasms b/c with certain stomach infections (which i did have called H-Pylori) they will not want you to take NSAIDS or otc antiinflammatory meds that can easily cause ulcers somehow.

    I went to an alternative meds dept. of our HMO finally, after many docs had sent me on to yet another of his/her colleagues or specialists, and the director said she believes MOST diseases are inflammatory responses from our bodies. She used to be a "regular" MD and has since swayed to the alternative meds side. I tend to believe her take on this.The body seems to react to allergens, viruses and other invaders by becoming inflamed. She even said she thinks cancers begin this way. What do you all think?
    Thanks for getting us thinking so much with your topics gg!
  4. greatgran

    greatgran Member

    You are correct my crp should be no higher than 2.5 and it runs 15 to 25 . This is the reason my doc sent me to the rheumy to rule out lupus or other diseases but I think he was a quack as he didn't seem concerned but said I didn't have lupus , he didn't do any labs.

    I would like to know why or where the inflammation is coming from before taking any anti-inflamatory meds.

    I also take the same about of aspirin as you do so not sure where this inflammation is coming from but have had it for years .

    Thanks for your
  5. greatgran

    greatgran Member

    Its so strange because of the inflammation is why the rheumy dx me with FM. I don't think I have FM but I do have all the symptoms and more of CFS or something wrong. The reason I don't think I have FM is I don't have the horrible pain that those of you with FM speak of. Now I do have bone and body aches , especially after I do much of anything.

    I get so discouraged and confused with the docs. and their not caring.

    Thanks and God Bless,
  6. greatgran

    greatgran Member

    You have all this and your crp is normal, and I don't have any of your swelling and the symptoms you described and my crp is so elevated. I have read that inflammation can cause a lot of damage to your body from heart attacks to cancer. So not sure what is going on with me but I am miserable and mostly housebound, which makes my depression/anxiety so much worse.

    Thanks and God Bless,
  7. mbofov

    mbofov Active Member

    Here are some things that can lower inflammation:

    n-acetyl-cysteine (an amino acid) - my doctor had me taking 600 mg. 2 x a day, it helps lower homocysteine levels which are associated with inflammation and also can help lower crp

    fish oil - is supposed to be very good for reducing inflammation

    Cut out sugar and white foods - white flour, white rice, pasta, etc.

    Systemic enzymes - I've just been reading about these, there is a post going right now on this board about them, and they are supposed to help reduce inflammation as well

    I know too many doctors don't seem to care. I don't know why. I think we just don't fit into their medical models, and it is very hard to find a doctor who will take the time to try to figure things out. In the meantime, I strongly believe we have to do our own research.

    My crp is very low. I eat almost no processed sugar (just a little jam once in awhile), very little processed foods, try to eat a lot of vegies, can't remember teh last time I had a french fry or dessert. I do eat protein with each meal, but few grains.

    I hope this helps - you can do some more research to find other things to reduce inflammation.

    Good luck -

  8. mbofov

    mbofov Active Member

    I didn't realize this was an old post that got bumped up. gg has been on the lyme board I believe. Well, it's good information anyways!