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Psoriatic Arthritis, blood tests and x-rays.

Well my blood test results are back, everything looks normal, which is good. CRP (C reactive peptide), is a general marker of inflammation, which can rise when you have an inflammatory arthritis. My value is less than 10. Anything from 10-150 can indicate an arthritis flare (although that is not true for everyone, some people can have a severe flare that doesn’t show in their blood work). Sometimes inflammatory arthritis can cause an increase in your white blood cell count and again there is no sign of that. Some people with chronic diseases like rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis can develop anemia and fortunately my haemoglobin (Hb.) is now back to normal. I think I will keep taking the spatone.

That’s all good news on the blood front, unfortunately the x-rays did show signs of psoriatic arthritis. It can take several years before psoriatic arthritis causes damage that can be seen on x-rays.  See the webpage from “Learning Radiology” 0r the University of Washington MSK Resident Projects for the technical details.

How do I feel about all this. I’m not sure? I’m glad my bloodwork looks normal (even if I feel crap.)  I’m glad I’m not anaemic but if I’m not, then there must be another reason why I’m feeling so exhausted. I’m a bit disappointed that they can already see changes on the x-rays but there’s not much I can do about that. Oh well. That’s life,I just need to get my head around it.

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