A few more tests that I've been asked about...
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.