I have had my c-reactive protein and SED rate (both non-specific markers) measured during various work-ups by other doctors (neuro, rheum) and they were sometimes high.
Now that I am under the care of an LLMD, I get re-tested for these numbers every time they order blood work, just to keep an eye on it.
To my knowledge, c-reactive p and SED are not diagnostic by themselves, as you say, they indicate inflammation, but not the cause. So they are not very useful diagnostically.
My numbers have returned to normal range with Lyme treatment.
Does your mom have more specific RA blood tests? Lyme can look like RA, and of course, there is also the possibility of having both.
The inflammatory markers are usually normal with lyme.
This is interesting. I have 3 of 4 positive c6 peptides. But no positive WB test. An infec dis specialist made a big argument that there MUST be a high CRP with Lyme infection. He said there is NO infection in the body that wouldn't register a high CRP. I think he's full of it. But I'm trying to fund something to debunk his argument. I think that Bb does its damage thru the nervous system, and even when the infection is not "active" enough to cause a high CRP, the destruction to the nervous system and the organs (brain, heart, etc) is already in motion.
Do you have any sources?
Like Wonko, my c-reactive protein and sed rates are both high with my Lyme which the doctor says is showing there is inflammation in the body however it is not just a Lyme thing and can reflect other illnesses, thus the craziness that the great impostor (Lyme) can be.