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Question: What in your blood shows a chronic infection?


 lilylenay - Sat May 12, 2007 5:57 am

I am a 21 year old female-endometriosis-interstitial cystitis-cervical dysplasis-and high blood pressure. I have had a laparoscopy-laser therapy-and whatever the surgery on my bladder was called. I have a family history of thyroid problems-heart disease-cancer and many others

I am on mobic for joint pain.ibuprofen,tylenol and that's about it


My question is.. I recently had some blood tests done. my doctor said something showed that i had a chronic infection or illness of some kind. everything else was normal but I still haven't gotten my results for my lupus tests. So what in my blood would show that? I haven't felt sick. I've just been in alot of pain and been very tired and restless. But all I would like to know is what in your blood shows a chronic infection?
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Sat May 12, 2007 1:26 pm

User avatar There are several markers in the blood that can indicate chronic inflammation. Determining whether this is due to infection or some other cause of inflammation (such as a rheumatoid process or other disease like inflammatory bowel disease).

A few of these markers are C-reactive protein (CRP), erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), platelet count and ferritin. All these can become elevated with chronic (or sometimes acute) inflammation.

Without seeing your labs I can't give you a more specific answer. I hope this helps.

Best wishes.

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