Anyone know about C-Reactive Protein?

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Registered: 04-07-2003
Anyone know about C-Reactive Protein?
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Fri, 02-20-2004 - 12:30pm
I read the other day that many doctors are beginning to believe that an elevated C-Reative Protein (CRP) level in the blood could be a far more accurate predictor of heart disease than high blood pressure or cholesterol. That alarmed me a little because about 5 years ago a doctor told me that I do have some of this in my blood (a normal amount is 0). I'm only 25 now!

The only reason this doctor even requested the test was because I told her I had a family history of blood clots (my dad). After I tested positive, she didn't tell me anything about what it meant, just that I could not take high dose birth control pills because of an elevated risk of blood clots. She referred me to a hematologist an hour's drive away, and since I was a student with no car and no money at the time, I never did go and see him.

Just wondered if anyone else had encountered/heard of this?



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Registered: 03-31-2003
Sat, 02-21-2004 - 2:29pm
The presence of C-Reactive Protein in the blood can signify a bunch of different things, not just increased risk of heart disease. It could mean nothing serious at all, especially if you've only got a small amount.

See http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003356.htm for more information.

Of more concern to me is that you never discussed with your doctor what the results of this test meant. If your doctor doesn't tell you, make sure to ask! If you don't get answers that you feel satisfy you, find another doctor! It's also a concern to me that you never saw the recommended specialist. THERE IS NOTHING MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOUR HEALTH.

I suggest you talk about this with your doctor, explaining that you couldn't go at the time but are still concerned and would like to revisit this issue. If a visit to a specialist is still suggested, please make sure to go!

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Registered: 04-07-2003
Mon, 02-23-2004 - 12:18pm
I was only 19 or 20, and still naive enough to think that a doctor would actually tell me something important. Little did I know that very few doctors these days actually volunteer that kind of information anymore. All she said was that I had a higher chance of blood clots if I took the pill, so she referred me to a hematologist who would be able to prescribe a lower-dose BC pill. Rather than go through that hassle and expense, I decided rather to use non-hormonal forms of BC.

A couple of years ago, I decided I would try again to go on the pill. I had since moved, so I had to go to a totally new doctor. I told her that another doctor once told me I had a higher chance of blood clots, and that I thought I needed a low-dose pill. She told me "all the pills these days are low-dose anyway, so you should be fine". Again, naive little me accepted that and went off and got my pills. I've been taking them for almost 2 years now.

Now I'm feeling a little stupid. Should I go back and tell her I want more testing? Doctors don't take well to being challenged, but this is my health! And besides, how do I believe anything a doctor tells me now, when they just tell you selective information all the time?



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