Wednesday, July 24, 2013

When does a negative test not feel so negative?

When instead of saying "the original protein cannot be detected", as most of my tests from Arkansas have said, it comes back "the original M protein may be present.  Multiple indistinct bands are found in the gamma region in the area of the original protein."

CR at UAMS assures me it is negative.

I do not like it, Sam I am.  If I wasn't rushed here, I'd come up with some witty play on Dr. Seuss using the words "blood" and "protein" and "monoclonal" even though no rhymes come immediately to mind with respect to any of them.

The local test said there's no monoclonal protein.  The same blood tested at UAMS comes out as above.  So UAMS is more sensitive.  Ugh.

UGH I say.

Oh well.  Probably nothing, and there's nothing I can do about it even if it *is* something.  Come September, the MRI should tell all.  If those stupid pits are gone, perhaps I can breathe a bit easier.