IFE blood work

Posted by birdman518 @birdman518, Jun 14 6:12pm

One of the blood tests my neurologist ordered was this "IFE Interp". His office could not or would not post the exact results to my patient portal. When I asked for them I got this reply from his nurse. Can anyone tell me what this means?

The IFE stated that there was polyclonal not monoclonal populations of IgM. This is matched by the modest elevation of IgM level that also has been obtained.

I am quite upset with this doctor. After doing the blood work, CT scans of my lumbar and cervical spine, along with EMG and nerve conduction tests, essentially I got no communication from him, only a message from his nurse that I should see a neurosurgeon.

I should add that I was also just diagnosed with malignant melanoma and am having that cut out this Friday. I want to know if my overall body nerve issues could be possibly also related to cancer.

Thanks,

Mitch

Hello @birdman518. I am not sure where you had your blood tests done, however, you should be able to see all results related to your care. Have you tried calling the patient experience department or the main scheduling desk to inquire about where you should go to share this experience and get additional answers and guidance? When meeting with your oncologist, did you share your results?

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@amandajro

Hello @birdman518. I am not sure where you had your blood tests done, however, you should be able to see all results related to your care. Have you tried calling the patient experience department or the main scheduling desk to inquire about where you should go to share this experience and get additional answers and guidance? When meeting with your oncologist, did you share your results?

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Amanda, I just got the results yesterday. It was (I think) a bug in their portal. The bottom line as far as results go was that my ImG values were slightly elevated. I passed this on to my cancer surgical team (surgery this Friday) and they do *not* think it is related to my melanoma.

After I get through my surgery the next step is to go to a neurosurgeon. I am very unhappy with my neurologist as he has had seeming no interest in following up after all of my tests.

After I told him about my cancer diagnosis, it was like he couldn't get out of the room fast enough! And yes he did come highly recommended at Baycare in St Petersburg FL.

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@birdman518

Amanda, I just got the results yesterday. It was (I think) a bug in their portal. The bottom line as far as results go was that my ImG values were slightly elevated. I passed this on to my cancer surgical team (surgery this Friday) and they do *not* think it is related to my melanoma.

After I get through my surgery the next step is to go to a neurosurgeon. I am very unhappy with my neurologist as he has had seeming no interest in following up after all of my tests.

After I told him about my cancer diagnosis, it was like he couldn't get out of the room fast enough! And yes he did come highly recommended at Baycare in St Petersburg FL.

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@birdman518 that is unfortunate and I am sorry you had the added stress throughout all of this. Do you have a neurosurgeon you plan to see or have you requested an appointment yet?

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The neurosurgeon recommended a local practice, but I have not contacted them yet. It sounds weird, but right now my nerve issues are what bothers me the most! If they are *not* related to my cancer, then I really won life's lottery. 🙂

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