Went to GP yesterday for the results of blood tests (routine for my RA and FSH to see if I was starting the menopause). Interesting results. CRP less than 5 which is often the case since being on MTX 25mg (great news), but my ESR is creeping up each time Im tested. It is now at 38. I was placed on sulphasalazine when ESR was 33 as rheumy registrar said that showed some RA activity still going on, but yesterday GP was not interested as he said it was only the CRP that was relevant to RA!!! so frustrating.
The second result was more of a shock - my FSH came back at 58 which he said suggests I am post menopausal. He thus went into more history as I asked lots of questions such as if the bleeding is thus due to vasculitis or was the erratic bleeding related to RA or my meds or a gynae issue (or more seriously for me - having investigated types of vasculitis I saw that the severe type causes problems to internal organs such as kidneys..... my mum died of kidney failure due to glomerula nephritis which vasculitis can cause).
He is sending me for urgent scan before deciding whether to refer me to gynae but also said oh "my dear I think we need to keep a closer eye on you and your blood tests in this case" and thanked me for coming in for the results.....
Moral of story - dont rely on GP or hospital to check your routine blood results - go see doc for results so you can check out the whole picture each time..... early diagnosis of anything new that might be going on has to be better than progression of a problem.