CRP means c reactive protein. High levels of this protein are found when there is inflammation somewhere in the body. It's a nonspecific indication of inflammation because it doesn't tell anything about whether the inflammation is in your heart, or in your knees, just that it's there. Rheumatologists use CRP levels as an indicator to tell them how active your disease is at a particular time. Most of the time, CRP should be <3, ideally between 0-1, but levels in the teens can be seen during disease flares. Your 4.32 suggests that you do have an uptick in your lupus (or arthritis or whatever,) but that you've caught it early.View Thread
My rheumatologist will refer me back to my primary care or pulmonologist for lung issues other than the very mildest and most straightforward episode of pleurisy. If you haven't seen a pulmonary doc yet, maybe this is the time to start, especially since you're having no luck with the usual inhalers. Lupies can have a number of lung problems: interstitial lung disease, pulmonary hypertension, and pulmonary embolus. Those who also have the antiphospholipid syndrome are particularly at risk for emboli and pulmonary hypertension, but others can get it, too. ILD is more common in lupies who also have Sjogren's or mixed connective tissue disease.View Thread
Add my name to the list of those who find this layout just way too "busy." My recommendation would be simply to return to the previous layout as I see no new changes worth saving. I particularly disagree with the option to post anonymously. Since we are using pseudonyms anyway, we are all afforded some privacy, but allowing the total lack of ownership or responsibility for posts could result in inappropriate or abusive comments.View Thread
It doesn't sound like it's lupus related. Lupus can cause abdominal pain, but more often than not, it's related to side effects of medications (e.g. gastritis and reflux from steroids and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories or diarrhea from antimalarials.) Lupus can be more directly responsible for pancreatitis, cirrhosis or abdominal vasculitis, but those tend show up more more dramatically, and wouldn't leave your MD's saying that everything "looks good." All of that is not to say that you shouldn't get the pain checked out, if it continues, just that it's more likely to be related to some other problem than lupus. It would probably also be worth checking out any further spontaneous bruising.View Thread
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