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I've presented myself to my doctor experiencing joint paint

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Hi. I've presented myself to my doctor experiencing joint paint the same sides parts of my body. It only lasted 5 days. He sent me for blood tests and I rang for the results today. He said that I did not have the rheumatoid factor. He said that my inflammatory platelets were a little high. He said that the next time he saw me (which could be a long time away) he would get my bloods tested again. So I asked him if there was anything to worry about for the moment and he said 'No'. Can anyone elaborate? What could be causing my elevated platelets?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Dr Basu replied 1 year ago.
Hi there,This is Dr Basu, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.Elevated platelets also a sign of inflammation.So you may have a viral infection which can trigger inflammatory response.That can cause joint pains and platelet elevation.THis is known as reactive arthritis.Usually improves in 4 weeks or so with anti inflammatory therapy like ibuprofen.Sometimes prednisone or steroid may be required if joint pain continues.More serious causes like lupus or malignancy cause more symptoms with time.Do not worry right now.Best wishes,It was my pleasure to help you today.If I have answered all your questions, Please rate my response Excellent (click on the 5th star).Please bookmark my profile for fast, reliable authentic answers!This is the link to my profile:http://www.justanswer.com/medical/expert-mysticdoc/
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Thanks, ***** ***** I googled elevated platelets and it seems that 35% of people with elevated platelets have a form of cancer. I am worried.

Should the fact the I experienced inflammation of some sort mean that the likelihood is inflammation or chronic inflammation?

Expert:  Dr Basu replied 1 year ago.
This is likely acute inflammation since you did not have symptoms before.And mild elevation is not concerning for cancer.We get concerned when platelet count goes over 450 thousand.Otherwise not.Best wishes
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