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If i have reactive c protein could this mean that i can have reumatism?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Not necvessarily: C-reactive protein is a test for inflammation. It is non-specific. It is used to evaluate one for arthtitis and is just one tool. There are other blood tests, x-rays, and exams that will make the diagnosis of ra. Make sure you are communicating with your pcp or rheumatologist about your tests, testing and work up.
Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 55 years experience
Not work that way: CRP or c reactive protein can be elevated for lots of reasons: infections, heart disease risks, obesity, inflammatory arthritis, so forth. It does not causes rheumatism but can be a consequence of rheumatic problems. It is not the cause but rather the effect.Crp.

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A 27-year-old female asked:

I have high c reactive protein results. What does it mean?

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Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Inflammation: The c reactive protein is being used as a non-specific measure of inflammation in the body. So if you have a systemic problem like rheumatoid arthritis, the CRP can be high. Some studies correlate high CRP with an increased risk of heart disease, so it is a good idea to discuss this result and put it in the context of your overall health and risks for disease.
A 40-year-old member asked:

High c-reactive protein levels, what does it mean?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Inflammation!: High crps indicate systemic inflammation, which is correlated with accelerated atherosclerosis! arthritis, infection, diabetes-all can increase c-reactive protein. It is essential that high levels be lowered!
A 46-year-old member asked:

What does it mean if my c-reactive protein is 1.2?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Nothing by itself: This is "average risk" if your test was ordered to assess your risk for atherosclerosis, and it's lower than usual in certain of the serious inflammatory diseases. I'm a lab specialist. Although I'm glad you find labs interesting and are health-conscious, I'd urge you to focus on fitness and a sensible lifestyle rather than concerning yourself overly much with "risks" reflected in lab tests.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What do you suggest if my c-reactive protein is 1.2 what does that mean!?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
What type of test?: Was is routine CRP or high sensitivity CRP? Why was the test done? It is generally prudent to discuss the results with the doctor who ordered the test as s/he has more information about your health.

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