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My CPK level is 240. Tell me what this means?

My CPK level is 240. Tell me what this means?

Muscle injury: CPK or creatinine phosphokinase, is an enzyme found in 3 "flavors"- isoforms- found in the brain, muscle and heart that is released when the respective organ is damaged. Normal upper limit of nl depends on the lab, but generally is 120mcg/l. Elevation may be caused by numerous perturbations: heart attack; seizures; muscle damage; heavy exercise; hyperthyroidism; hypothyroidism; brain injury etc. ...Read more

Creatine Kinase (Definition)

Creatine kinase is an enzyme found in muscles throughout the body. There are different subtypes of the enzyme, called isoforms, which predominate in different organs. For instance, the isoform in skeletal muscles is different from that which is most heavily found in the heart muscle. A blood tests detects levels of this in the body, for example if ...Read more


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How long will it take to my CPK level to go down...It already been three weeks?

How long will it take to my CPK level to go down...It already been three weeks?

That's too long: It does down in 48-72 hours. If it's elevated after 3 weeks, there is on-going injury or you have a rare variant called "macro cpk" in which it is always elevated but normal (ie, not indicative of injury). The pattern and level are important. Slight elevations have no clinical significance. CPK iso-enzymes can help determine the source. Your doctor is the best one to make this evaluation. ...Read more

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Can a charley horse cause your CPK level to be elevated?

Can a charley horse cause your  CPK level to be elevated?

Muscle enzyme: CPK elevations are seen in muscle disease, acute cardiac events, muscle trauma (rhabdomyolysis) but also, in weight lifters, and marathon runners. So, can be rather serious or benign. Perhaps, a severe localized cramp could cause enough muscle trauma to raise the level modestly, but, if significantly up, need to test further and uncover the etiology. ...Read more

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What are other medicines besides prednisolone to reduce CPK level?

What are other medicines besides prednisolone to reduce CPK level?

CPK level: If CPK level is increased from myositis or muscle inflammation then its level can be decreased by treating inflammation with antiinflammatory drugs or steroid therapy. ...Read more

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Cpk level 856. I did pt for 3 days rested 3 days and did 1 day of pt and the next day i had my levels checked. Could this be the reason they are high?

Cpk level 856. I did pt for 3 days rested 3 days and did 1 day of pt and the next day i had my levels checked. Could this be the reason they are high?

Of course: The reference range is set for people who do not exercise. When i've tested medical students, essentially everybody who exercises strenuously is above "normal", with values up to 5000 in one guy who'd just spent a weekend cutting and hauling lumber and 3000 in a guy who'd just done 450 lb squats for 45 minutes. Stop worrying about this. ...Read more

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My CPK level is 209 in the morning after Workout done for muscle training in the evening. Is it normal?

My CPK level is 209 in the morning after Workout done for muscle training in the evening. Is it normal?

It isn't that high: well.... if it were all coming from the heart muscle that would be bad....otherwise, that isn't a very high number. Many people who have big muscles always have that level. I've looked at hundreds of articles on exercise physiology and while literally muscle damage is considered by many a stimulant for muscle growth, haven't seen CPK's as predictive of growth. Not bad; can't say if actually good ...Read more

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What does a creatine kinase level of 322 indicate?

What does a creatine kinase level of 322 indicate?

Muscle injury: Ck level of 322 is elevated but not too high. Elevated levels of ck indicate muscle injury, however strenous physical activity will raise ck levels, especially if activity is done prior to blood draw. Some medications and alcohol can casue ck elevation. ...Read more

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Should I be worried about my creatine kinase level?

Should I be worried about my creatine kinase level?

What is the level?: Elevated creatinine kinase level indicated muscle injury. If it is elevated, please consult your doctor to determine the cause and determination of the need for a treatment and the proper treatment. ...Read more

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My creatine kinase level is 465 what does that indicate?

My creatine kinase level is 465 what does that indicate?

CPK: Hi, Ck or CPK is found in striated muscle, heart tissue, and brain, damage to either can increase the level in blood, also thyroid imbalance could increase CK due to muscle damage, CK clearance from body decreases in kidney disease. Your level is mildly elevated which could be 2/2 exercise, trauma to muscle, accident. ...Read more

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My level of creatine kinase is 49, Is this level low. and what does it mean?

My level of creatine kinase is 49, Is this level low. and what does it mean?

Probably normal: Creatine kinase (CK), also known as creatine phosphokinase (CPK) is an enzyme made by muscle tissues, including the heart muscle. Doctors most often are concerned with high levels of CK, which may indicate muscle damage. "Normal range" varies by laboratory, but a level of 49 is probably within the normal range of most laboratories. ...Read more

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My creatine kinase levels were at 56 , is this a good reading , what does this mean?

My creatine kinase levels were at 56 , is this a good reading , what does this mean?

Not much: You are probably not having a heart attack, some illness that seriously damages your muscles, and are also probably not in heavy athletic training or doing really hard manual work. We have a saying in pathology, "look at the person, not the numbers." hope all else is okay, thanks for writing. ...Read more

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Normal white count and a high level of creatine kinase. What illness could this indicate?

Normal white count and a high level of creatine kinase. What illness could this indicate?

Maybe none: If you exercise, you ck can be very high -- many times the upper limit of normal. The normal range is for couch potatoes. I'm glad you asked, but no lab test means much in isolation. Best to ask your physician and see what matches with your symptoms and lifestyle. ...Read more

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How to treat high level of creatine kinase due to nerves?

How to treat high level of creatine kinase due to nerves?

Here's accurate info: Somebody's kidding you or there is a misunderstanding. Creatine kinase is an enzyme found in the blood; the reference range was determined for couch potatoes, and in my series' of athletic medical students, a majority of healthy young people have "elevated levels" just from exercising. It's also high in a few illnesses your physician knows about, but not from "nerves". ...Read more

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What could increased creatine kinase and aldolase levels indicate?

What could increased creatine kinase and aldolase levels indicate?

Likely muscle injury: Creatine kinase and aldolase would both be elevated after a muscle injury. Ck can also be elevated in kidney failure. Adolase can be sub-classified into a, b and c which helps differentiate from which tissue the high levels came. ...Read more

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What can be the cause of low serum creatine kinase? level is 26 iu/L?

What can be the cause of low serum creatine kinase? level is 26 iu/L?

Means nothing: Reference ranges are set so that several percent of healthies fall outside on either end. Stop worrying. Ask your physician about what kind of aerobic fitness would be right for you. ...Read more

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Is my level of creatine kinase, total, serum @143 good, range is 24-204?

Is my level of creatine kinase, total, serum @143 good, range is 24-204?

Yes and no: Creatine kinase is meaningful only if the number is way-high and there's reason to worry about rhabdomyolysis, heart attack, carrying muscular dystrophy, or a few others. Most folk who exercise heavily have creatine kinases above the "reference range", which is just the lab's number for most ordinary folks who aren't actually sick. Don't look at numbers; look at your health -- why not go run? ...Read more

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I am a 41 yr old female.My serum creatine kinase level is 257.Is there anything to be worried about?

I am a 41 yr old female.My serum creatine kinase level is 257.Is there anything to be worried about?

Probably not: 257 isn't very high (it goes into the thousands with muscle injury) and tens of thousands when it's especially serious. Different labs have different cut-offs but i assume 257 is a little high in your lab? Simple muscular work can raise it. If you had a heart problem or muscle injury from statins, you'd have symptoms - are you feeling ok? It's always better to treat patients, not lab numbers. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have symptoms of CPK level due to a small injury in my calves muscle?

What should I do if I have symptoms of CPK level due to a small injury in my calves muscle?

Take it easy: Any muscle injury due to trauma will results in increase muscle enzyme called cpk. If there is severe crush injury or large area of muscle involved, that may cause high amount of CPK release into blood, which will then cause some acute damage to kidneys. Said that, you had "small injury to calf muscle". Therefore, the amount of CPK in blood should not give you any problems. Good luck ! ...Read more

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