My last blood work showed a very high c reactive protein level of 7.8. My PCP also told me that I had an abnormal EKG which showed a slightly inverted T-wave. I scheduled a visit with a cardiologist who did another EKG which was normal and they did a CT scan of my heart with calcium scoring which showed no signs of cardiac disease. My cholesterol levels are perfect and my arteries are wide open. I have since noticed a marked decrease in my lung capacity and am experiencing some distinct soreness with deep inspiration. It feels like my torso is inflamed. I quit smoking 30 years ago but worked from age 33-49 in a steel plant welding and burning and was exposed to a lot of graphite dust and silica. What kinds of screenings can I have to try to find the source of my inflammation and SOB? Could they be related?