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11/94 Physical, X-rays, EKG, blood test, urine test. BP was high enough to require BP medication again. (BP medication is another story) But everything else looked good.
Blood test results Normal Range Hemoglobin 13.7 13.0 - 17.0 Hematocrit 40.8% 39.0% - 50.0% Platelet 382K/uL 140 - 450 WBC 5.4K/uL 4.2 - 11.8 Sodium 138mEq/L 133 - 145 Potassium 4.6mEq/L 3.5 - 5.5 Creatinine 1.1mg/dL < 1.5 Cholesterol 196MG/DL 1 - 240 Urinaysis Protein NEGATIVEEverything normal we thought.
July 95,(Eight months after last physical) I developed a cough right after the 4th, though it was a cold or something that I gotten from the grandkids.
August 95, Still had the cough, and it was getting worse, stopped at a medical center, while on vacation. Doctor I saw though I had Bronchitis and prescribed an antibiotic (Erythromycin) took for 10 days with no effect. Went into see my regular GP when we got home, she prescribed another antibiotic, Amoxicilln for a sinus infection (no help).
September 95, Tested for TB, (skin test and X-rays) Lyme disease (I had a tick bite the year before that left a target for a few weeks) (negative) Then to see an Ear, Nose, & Throat specialist. At this point I had lost 55% of my hearing in my left ear. He checked my ears and couldn't find any reason for my hearing loss. He also checked my throat for cancer (negative). Another antibiotic (Charithromycin), CT scan of my head to check my sinus . By this time I was starting to get a mild fever and chills during the day, and some mild night sweats.
October 95, Maybe I had allergy's, Beconase and Azmacort were prescribed, No help.
November 95, An even stronger antibiotic (Augmentin) was prescribed, this one made me real sick, stopped taking it !!. Went back to the doctor more tests (AIDS, thyroid, etc.).
December 95, Finally a blood test, 1 year after my last. By this time I've lost 18 pounds, and the chills and fevers are getting to the point that I had to have an extra heater in my office at work to stay warm.
Results Hemoglobin 10.6g/dL Low WBC 6.2K/ul OKAll hell broke loose from this point on. GP called a Hematologist/Oncologist right away, he suggested some blood tests (Westergren ESR, and Gamma Globulin), he nailed it first try. In the meantime my GP gave me a complete physical. X-rays, prostate cancer test, etc.. Blood test came back
Reading Normal Range Westergren ESR 123mm/Hr 0 - 20 Gamma Globulin 4.8g/dL .4 - 1.5 IgA 24 40 - 375 IgG 6400 600 - 1500 IgM 11 30 - 190January 96, Now lots of tests, CT scan of abdomen, complete body X-rays, more blood tests, urine test, bone marrow biopsy. Radiologist report and BMB came back positive for MM.
By now I'm feeling pretty bad, and was ready for anything. Chemo was recommended, and I took it. Would I change anything ? maybe
On Jan. 19 1996 at age 52 I was diagnosed with IgG (6400) type, MM, stage 2A, Gamma Globulins (GG) 5.0, no lesions or tumors on X-rays, Creatinine (normal range), Calcium (normal range), Hemoglobin 9.8(low), Bone Marrow Biopsy (BMB) 30% to 40% plasma cells (high) B2M 4.5. I had eleven chemo treatments alternating (VMCP / VCAP), every three weeks, with 90 mg Aredia the last five chemo treatments. I continue to receive 90 mg of Aredia every 2 to 3 weeks in one liter of .9% sodium chloride, over 2.5 hours.
Formarms, humeri, femurs, tibias,
skill, bony pelvis, lumbar spine, and chest are all within normal limits.
Cervical spine, the permeative and demineralized appearance of the C3 through C5
vertebral bodies seen which could represent myeloma involvement here. In the
thoracic spine, compression fractures are noted but the lower thoracic vertebral
bodies appear quite demineralized which also is a suspicious
Review of the marrow, clot and marrow aspirate shows similar findings of intense plasma cytosis.
Immunhistochemical studies demonstrate monoclonal lambda light chain restriction of the plasma cells in keeping with Multiple Myeloma.
If clinical findings are consistent
with multiple myeloma, the histologic and immunohisttochemical studies support
Complete notes from 1996 Chemo until Aug.
Complete notes from 1997 Started the year a little tried, but got a lot stonger as the year went on.
Complete notes from 1998 This was a very good year with a few minor problems.
Complete notes from 1999 The beast seems to be coming back slowly.
Note: It's now 4/10/01 and I'm doing fine, hope to fine some time to bring my story up to date.
Blood Tests Results
Last Updated on 07/08/01