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I was diagnosed with lupus 14 years ago which took almost 2 years and many, many blood tests to diagnose. At that time I was under the care of a Rheumatologist and a bowel specialist as I developed a very inflamed bowel due to the number of anti-inflammatory tablets I was taking. I have had to change my GP due to my moving house. I have had a very cool reception from my new GP over my symptoms. I am in the middle of a very bad flare up and booked an appointment as my pain medication isn't doing much to relieve my symptoms, and my chronic fatigue is unreal! I've had blood testsdone which have come back with a raised ESR and a CRP of 3.5. My new GP has said my CRP is within normal limits! I did not have a PV or ANA blood test which is something my old GP did as a matter of course to check the activity of my lupus. I have had blood test before with a raised ESR but a normal CRP and my specialist told me at that time that a normal CRP often presents in patients with SLE even during an active flare and a raised CRP is normally indicative as a possible infection in a normally healthy patient and isn't necessarily a factor in SLE. Has anyone else with lupus had normal CRP but raised ESR, and should I push for a PV and ANA blood test too. I think in my new area PV tests aren't done as a norm. My new GP doesn't have my records going back as far as when my SLE was diagnosed and said she will have to request them. I haven't had any blood tests for quite a few years as the diagnosis had already been made and it isn't something that is miraculously cured. I don't want to feel like a fraud in front of my new GP and any suggestions would be most welcome.
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