Hi - i’m gettting a bit scared anD I really hope you can help.
I’ve had persistently high CRP levels - 27 over 4 blood tests over last couple of months.
Figured it would just be a virus but dr has done various additional bloods (inc FBC) and nothing has shown up- other than the high CRP. Last set of bloods included electrophoresis and she said that everything was negative so I felt pretty relieved. Dr said bloods showed it wasn’t an infection or an auto immune issue (I’m not sure how you know this from bloods?) but we needed to get to the bottom of the CRP levels so she suggested a chest x-ray.
I asked her specifically whether it could be cancer as my Dad was diagnosed with multiple myeloma via a random blood test for something else (he had no symptoms at all) so I was worried this would be similar. She said no as I’d be looking at CRP levels of 100+ if it was cancer. but am now beginning to doubt what I heard.
So my questions are:
Is that right - does cancer show up at 100+ CRP or could a level on 27 be significant?
Is there anything else that could account for that level that’s not an infection/auto immune?
Surely the chest x-ray is to look for/rule out lung cancer? Or maybe lymphoma? Should I be worried?
I feel I’m getting slightly mixed messages and would really appreciate any advice/guidance.
I don’t really have any major symptoms other than feeling pretty tired (who doesn’t! I’m 43 single working mum) which is why I went to drs in the first place. No lumps or weight loss. I did have a problem with itching all over a few weeks back but this went away after a few weeks.. I do get very itchy armpits but I have done for years. I also get pretty drenching night sweats but again it’s been going on for a couple of years and seemed to be a side effect of the anti-depressant meds I’m on.
Any advice appreciated. I don’t want to be neurotic but due to how my Dad find out he had multiple myeloma (which sadly wasn’t responsive to treatment) I’m getting worried.
Is this logical or am a victim of over-googling syndrome?
thank you for listening.