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scared to death
protein level 8.2
protein in the urine or the blood?
that was on blood test
what symptoms are you having that took you to the physician in the first place?
so there must be more to this story than anemia and these numbers.... I'm confused as to why he/she suspects multiple myeloma.
calcium 10.0 anion gap 4.0 protein elevated they say at 8.2 I am a 47 year old female
still perplexed.... this is not a disease diagnosed based on any of the labs you have drawn, which are routine screening labs...
I started taking iron pills and hemoglobin went from 10.2 to 11.1
low hemoglobin low hematocrit
so why does the doctor think this is not simply iron deficiency anemia?
wbc 6.86 rbc 4.89 platelets 332 mcv 72.8 mch 22.7 she said the protein level was high
ferretin 13.3 (rose from 5.0 in a week)
also said my b12 was on low side
this sounds very much to me like your doctor is simply trying to take a bad disease off the list
could it be mm
and based on the numbers you have given me and the story you tell I do not think this is a likely diagnosis at all
protein high and calcium borderline high
Sure it could be. All of us every day could have a hidden cancer, but these labs are SO non specific and SO subject to variability, the whole reason to get the more specific test is to take MM off the list, and you do not appear to have any of the typical symptoms
and then add anemia when you look all that up it points to mm...I do have some back pain from time to time
do you have a good reference on multiple myeloma so you can read in plain form what the disease is and how people who have feel?
no...what WOULD I look for? as far as labs
DON'T look at labs
People get very upset over minor lab abnormalities, and I can understand you being upset at your minor abnormalities because your doctor wants to check for MM... so be it. I would pay attention to the SPECIFIC tests for multiple myeloma that will be done, a serum protein electrophoresis and a urine protein study as well.
you may need Xrays
Im sorry...what would you consider high protein?
do you have a reference range printed on your lab sheet? there are different 'normals' in some labs...
6 to 8.3 is the reference range at our lab
so your level is 8.2, slightly abnormal
what SYMPTOMS are you having?
HERE IS A GOOD REFERENCE FOR YOU ON MULTIPLE MYELOMA
she did say she runs this test on all patients with anemia over 40 but with the back pain and some abnormalities in lab work it is scaring me to death....anemia and back pain occasionally (which Ive had for years) are the only ones
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okay, fair enough
but again, not something that makes me think of MM... if you have new bone pain in various locations, a protein of 12, a hematocrit of 27, and protein also in your urine then I would think of MM... but your doctor is being thorough, and that is good, though it is causing you great distress while you wait
Again, these values may simply be YOUR normal
Often these slightly abnormal labs are simply followed over a few months, but some doctors want an answer right away, and I think this is very reasonable as well... then you don't have to keep coming back for non-specific labs.
are you there?
sorry nothing showed for a while...I am petrified
I don't know if I can help with that beyond what I have told you. I don't think you have MM but think the testing is reasonable, and now, especially, since you are thinking about it best to have the testing done and put it behind you.
would the iron be working and bringing up my levels if it were mm.....and I do appreciate your opinion
Probably not, though if you had MM AND iron deficiency anemia it might... And with your MCV being low the indications are that you DO have iron deficiency anemia and I do NOT see any red flags in these labs for MM, again, probably your doctor being very cautious.