Re: cpk high
I have Dermatomyositis, have had for 8 years now. It is an immune disorder, and occurs when your immune system attacks your muscles, turning it into a muscle disease. When first diagnosed my CPK was over 5000 !! Normal is usually between 80 - 160. There are alot of reasons your CPK could be a little elevated, I see a Rhumetologist for my disease, and if you are concerned, you might want to start there. To actually diagnose my disease, an EMG was done first, to measure the muscle damage, then a good size piece of muscle was removed and cultured for 14 days to see exactly "which" of the three myositis diseases I had. Each of the three using "different" medication to treat properly. It has been a very long 8 years, and many terrible side effects from the disease and from the medication to treat the disease. Do not get yourself too alarmed, your number seems fairly low and you should be watching and communicating with your doctors on your symptoms. Mine was so obvious something was terribly wrong, serious pain in my entire body, could not move my hands, fingers, my joints were swollen, within 3 weeks, I could not even walk, my legs and body was so swollen I went from 125lbs to 260lbs within 2 months due to the swelling. Was in a wheel chair 6 - 8 months, walker for about 1 yr, and had to learn how to walk all over again. Was a perfectly "healthy" 46 yr old woman working about 60 hours per week, and was very active beside that, and it just happened and changed my entire life. Just keep in mind that there are many things that can cause illness, and getting much needed rest keeps your immune system working properly. Unlike mine who did not know it was attacking my body instead of a virus.