Oncology Questions? Ask an Oncologist for Answers ASAP
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Do you mean that the free kappa light chains are elevated?
These levels would be normal in my lab. What is the normal range for the lab that did these tests?
Did you see an Oncologist specifically because of these lab tests or is there another diagnosis for which you are seeing the Oncologist?
If they are within the normal range, then they are not abnormally elevated and there is no reason for why it is higher in the normal range now compared to previous tests. All labs with fluctuate within the normal range when they are checked from one doctor visit to the next. And by statistical variation, if you have a general chemistry profile checked that includes about 20 tests, about half of them will be higher than on the previous visit - and that is normal.
Both the kappa and lambda light chains are fragments of antibodies, so there can be a variable formation of antibodies and the fragments of antibodies, and the variable production is due to different exposure to germs over time. But as long as the levels are within the normal range, that would be considered to be normal and is a reflection of healthy functioning of your immune system.
The concern about an abnormal elevation of kappa or lambda light chains would be if there is a disease of the cells that make the antibodies, and the primary disorder that is a concern would be multiple myeloma. Since your levels are not abnormally elevated, there is no concern that multiple myeloma is present. However, if the kappa or lambda levels were abmormally elevated due to multiple myeloma, it would be the treatment of the multiple myeloma that would bring the levels down into the normal range.
Is there any further information that would be helpful?
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You never mentioned your white blood count. What is it?
If there is no specific defect in the immune system, then the only recommended intervention are general good health habits, including eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, getting plenty of sleep, and controlling stress levels, as much as possible.
Low energy levels could be due to many conditions, and any intervention would require an evaluation to determine the cause of the low energy level.