So a couple of weeks ago, Paul wasn’t feeling well – still – and his doctor wanted him to get some bloodwork done. Why, I still haven’t figured out, but he’s the doctor, so I figure he must have a good reason.
Paul gets a letter from his doctor on Saturday (of course), telling him that the doctor wants to talk to him about his test results. Naturally, all day Sunday (and Monday, because he couldn’t get an appt) was spent with him doing his best George Costanza impression:
He calls me after his doctor’s appointment and tells me that his “C-Reactive Protein” test (it measures inflammation) came back with a high enough number for his doctor to want to change his cholesterol meds.
Mind you, he didn’t have a lipid profile done, AND HE WAS SICK WHEN THEY TOOK HIS BLOOD.
So his doctor is telling him that a high CRP level is indicative of clogging in the arteries, and has him all wired up; Paul asks me to “do some research” (“You’re just sitting at home, and you’re already on the computer anyway…”).
So I do.
Turns out there are TWO different types of CRP tests, and I don’t know which one he had.
If you’re sick, the test results may skew high – says so on every single site I looked at.
I tell him that perhaps he should wait until he knows that he is better, and have the test run again BEFORE he makes any drastic changes to his medication.