Thursday, September 19, 2013, Pomalyst Study Cycle 72:
M-Spike was 1.0 g/dL this morning, where it probably should have been last month when it dropped to 0.9 for the first time in almost four years. IgG was almost unchanged, up less than 2%, from 1110 mg/dL to 1130, probably well within the measurement error for that test. In any case I trust the IgG result a little more than M-Spike, and I think the change from last month is negligible.
Lambda light chains are still above the reference range, barely, but Kappa light chains have dropped by almost half. I don’t know what to think of that – it could be an ominous sign, I suppose, but I won’t worry about it. Light chains have been acting strangely lately anyway. Maybe it’s a testing anomaly, or maybe it’s a result of changes in my supplements.
About five weeks ago I added magnesium taurate 250 mg per day and zinc picolinate 50 mg. The magnesium was added to help with my frequent and painful muscle cramps, and I have not had a single cramp since starting the magnesium. It made an incredible difference overnight, after years of waking up in agony from calf cramps. A friend had advised me to try “magnesium oil” years ago, but I was skeptical because he was selling it. I wish I had at least tried it, maybe it would have worked too.
The zinc is reputed to bolster the immune system, and I have no idea whether it helps that, but it does seem to help me with a guy thing, so I’ll continue to take it.
Did one or the other of those supplements influence the Kappa light chains? Maybe, but I doubt it. Mayo knew that I had added these supplements though, so at this visit they checked serum levels of magnesium, bicarbonate, potassium, and TSH. All were normal.
Most-Recent Test Results:
|Test||Jun 27||Jul 25||Aug 22||Sep 19||Remarks|
|M-spike g/dL||1.0||1.1||0.9||1.0||\ Tumor marker|
|IgG mg/dL||1300||1290||1110||1130||/ Tumor marker|
|Lambda mg/dL||2.61||3.10||2.93||2.92||L free light chains High|
|Kappa mg/dL||1.95||1.67||2.00||1.07||K free light chains OK|
|Ratio 0.26-1.65||0.75||0.54||0.68||0.37||Kappa / Lambda|
|Creatinine mg/dL||1.2||1.3||1.1||1.5||Kidney, OK|
|HGB g/dL||15.1||14.5||15.6||15.7||Hemoglobin, fine|
|RBC M/uL||4.38||4.23||4.44||4.41||Red cells, OK|
|WBC K/uL||5.1||4.9||4.2||4.3||White cells, OK|
|ANC K/uL||2.4||2.6||2.0||1.8||Neutrophils, OK|
|My Myeloma||A discussion of my myeloma, not very technical.|
|My Treatment History||Not technical.|
|My Test Charts||Graphic displays of several key test results over time.|
|My Test Result Table||Somewhat technical. Best with a wide browser window.|
|My Supplement Regimen||With links to where I buy them.|