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Mar 31, 2016 4:16 PM

Got my Lifeline screening results. My bps and arteries and all are great for a fat 50 year old, but my C Reactive Protein, which measures inflammation, was 8.91, over 1 is considered high, but folks with RA easily can reach 50. Then I learned BCPs can skew the results by over 30%. So even though I take 400mg of Ibu daily for inflammation, I still have a ton of inflammation. But I figured that.

Also saw the Neurosurgeon, XLIF on L4 L5 is scheduled tentatively for May 11th. So I can sing with choir on April 30th, hubby will be home to care for me, etc. I'll miss my niece's graduation from college and a Scottish festival, but it is better to make my back better!!

Today was agonizing until the meds kicked in! And I don't think I've been any busier than usual, just out and about every day, and the weather is so changeable. Rain and in the 40s followed by our normal 80s and clear, back and forth. Ouch!

I'm a bit nervous about spine surgery, but the XLIF is the method I hoped the dr would offer, he said it's the only option with the way my vertebrae have shifted. Basic surgical healing should be just days, but full healing will be several months.

Then in December hopefully we can make my neck better so I don't have to pay another full copay next year. Arg.

Mar 31, 2016 6:11 PM

My CRP was 8.78 last week. Ortho doc told me to let my rheumy doc know. I'll be praying your procedure goes well and you recuperate quickly. Hugs!! 🙂💕🙏🌼

Apr 01, 2016 11:04 AM

I did put it into an email for my main VA person. They have a cool online messaging thing where once a doc has emailed the patient, they can email back when tgey need to. That way I don't have to try to get refills of fairly standard meds like bcps, omeprazole, plus we can tell them stuff like outside test results. It helps with continued care. That entire website is pretty good, I can also look at ALL the work they've done, lab tests, xray notes, and notes from appts. I like that part a lot!

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