Wednesday, April 18, 2012

What do my tests mean?

A few more tests that I've been asked about...
  1. High CRP: CRP = c-reactive protein. I won't bore you with the biologic function of this protein, but its level is used as a basic measure for inflammation. High CRP= higher inflammation.
  2. High albumin/globulin ratio: this can mean a number of things, including a problem with the thyroid gland, or...wait for it... an excess of steroids (i.e. prednisone) in the body. It can also be a sign of inflammation of the kidneys (Lupus nephrosis).
  3. Low globulin: this can also be a sign of kidney problems, or it can be caused by a number of other things, including liver problems or anemia caused by the body's red blood cells being broken by the immune system.


  1. And hopefully none of these showed up in any blood tests of late...

  2. Oh no, not for me. Someone in one of my lupus forums asked about them.

  3. Hi Sam,
    I discovered your blog the other day when I was researching lupus..I don't recall which combo of words led me here but I just wanted to compliment your blog. I've thoroughly enjoyed the posts I've read. I'm sorry your lupus is so severe and active.
    I have SLE/Lupus Nephritis myself. My kidney disease has been in remission for almost two years now following a few years on Cellcept. Sadly, My lupus has never been in remission. The yearly autumn pleurisy I am very familiar with. I often flare in spring, too. I'm flaring now, hurrah! I'm lucky that it hasn't progressed to near the place you're in. But I wanted to let you know that your blog reached another fellow sufferer and was a blessing to find. Also, I completely feel you on the yoga death...very disheartening.
    Have you read Stepping Heavenward? Great book: well-written, inspirational spiritually, and the protagonist has a chronic illness, or rather she develops one. Anyhow, I saw you were christian and I thought you may enjoy it. The author is Elizabeth Prentiss and it was first published in 1869...many many reprints obviously.


    1. Thank you, I'm glad you like my blog. I haven't read "Stepping Heavenward" but I'll have to look into it. Thank you for the suggestion! I hope that your flare goes away soon!