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What causes elevated CRP levels and difficult breathing?

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Dr. Prakash H Muddegowda

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Posted on Wed, 6 Aug 2014 in Lupus
Question: I HAVE HAD A HIGH CRP SINCE I ENDED UP NOT BREATHING WEL AND A 20.000 WBC COUNT.THEY SAID I HAD ASTHMA/BRONCHITIS.NEVER HAD ASTHMA.THE CRP HAS NEVER GONE DOWN.LAST YEAR IT WAS 34,THIS YEARTHE HIGH SENSITIVITY CRP WAS 37.5.ACHINESS BUT NOT ANYTHING I CAN NOT STAND.I AM VERY TIRED BUT I AM A HOME HEALTH NURSE AND 62 YEARS OLD.
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Brief Answer:
Examination of lymphnode necessary.

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I am Dr. Prakash HM and I will be answering your query.

CRP levels are elevated in numerous condition and in the present scenario it is only mildly increased.
CRP levels can be increased mildly in the elderly and might not signify anything.
However it should be used in conjunction with ESR. If ESR is near normal limits, nothing to worry for now..
The muscle ache, arthritis everything will have some inflammation going around and might also contribute. Usually it indicates a subclinical disease like the enlarged lymphnodes recently identified.
WBC count is high and differential count is necessary for further commenting. Possible cause is a enlarged lymphnodes as of now.
Find needle aspiration cytology of lymphnodes might be able to identify any possible etiology.

Try to attach reports, if possible.
Any further queries, happy to help again.
Dr. Prakash HM
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