I also went from a 0 CRP to 7.3 and from an ESR of 9 to 38.
- Name: angiebaldy
- Who do you know with myeloma?: Me
- When were you/they diagnosed?: Sept 2012 MGUS Jan. 2014 SMM
- Age at diagnosis: 47
These changes would not be considered significant and fall within the normal variation that is expected with these tests. It's important to also remember that immunoglobulin levels can go up for reasons completely unrelated to myeloma (e.g. an infection or other form of inflammation). Thus we usually don't make much of 1 value rising, but always look at all of the myeloma blood and urine tests together, and make sure any changes are confirmed on subsequent testing before recommending any new interventions.
Abramson Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania
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Dr. Adam Cohen
- Name: Adam D. Cohen, M.D.
Beacon Medical Advisor
I can attest to what Dr. Cohen says about the immunoglobulin levels fluctuating. I have been in CR for almost a year now, and twice my IgA levels have jumped up, then worked their way back down. Once was following a sinus infection last January, the other after a fairly good cold about two months ago. In both cases, it took about two to three months to get back to their previous level. This didn't prevent me from worrying about it though until I got that next lab result showing it was coming back down.
- Name: Kevin J
- When were you/they diagnosed?: Jan 2011
- Age at diagnosis: 52