Blood test results

Aimer66 Member Posts: 50
edited 25. Feb 2012, 13:01 in Living with Arthritis archive
Hi all,

Been to my GP this morning for the results of blood tests earlier in the week during a substantial flair up and as suspected they are "not normal".

Very high CRP 120+ and very abnormal liver function ( she did say what but I was lost at that point).

Now I have to try and get another appointment with the consultant and have more blood work done.

Feeling like sh1t at the moment :(

Are abnormal blood results common with arthritis or does it depend on the type? I do know I am sero neg.




  • Colin1
    Colin1 Member Posts: 1,769
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I'm not going to be much help here but yes your bloods can be up and and depending what meds you take they could be even more so.
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Ah, abnormal bloods. Amongst other things they can show whether the arthritis is active and/or whether the meds are harming the liver. My ESR and CRP used to be in the 160s-170s but the right combo of meds has reduced them to very very little. Enbrel tried to explode my liver (ALT around 685) but I felt fine, I had no idea anything was wrong. What meds are you taking? I hope you can get an appointment soon with your rheumatologist - does your hospital have a rheumatology helpline you could ring for advice? DD
  • Aimer66
    Aimer66 Member Posts: 50
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Just on Arcoxib at present as it been relatively stable.

    Was offered Salasazaprine (?) but as I as quite "normal" didn't bother.
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I think you mean sulphasalazine? Salazopyrin? It has a number of names! It is one of the 'milder' DMARDs, (disease-modifying things) so it was probably suggested to help support the Arcox (I think that is an anti-inflammatory). The sulph affects the immune system by suppressing it so that the arthritis is denied its fuel, and it is often used in conjunction with an anti-inflammatory and/or methotrexate.

    When an arthritis is an auto-immune type I know the drugs are not a wonderful prospect but they are necessary to help fight the progression of the disease. Sulph was my first one and I have been on it for ten years now (but arthritic for fifteen). It keeps the psoriasis part of my PsA at bay (although that has never been a major factor) but did not affect the arthritis as I began it too late. I know that taking medication long-term is not everyone's idea of fun but I firmly believe the sooner one starts the better one's chances of not letting this disease get too much of a hold. Everyone's arthritis is different, everyone is different in how and at what rate they are affected, but I firmly believe that the earlier one can have the meds the better one's chances of a better outcome. DD

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