MGUS Light chain

Posted by myboyzr2 @myboyzr2, Dec 23, 2022

I'm glad I found this forum. I was diagnosed with MGUS. Light chains are very high. Waiting on a 24 urine as they found light chains in my urinalysis.
I've seen a hema/onco. 3 month follow up. I was diagnosed with pulmonary embolisms in August.
I feel like a sitting duck waiting.

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Hi, @myboyzr2, Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect! I’m glad you found this forum too. It really helps to meet others who are traveling along the same road. There are several discussion related to MGUS~Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance.

(MGUS) is a condition in which an abnormal protein — known as monoclonal protein or M protein — is in your blood.
For most people it doesn’t pose a problem but it can progress into more serious diseases. We have quite a few members in our forum who have also been diagnosed with MGUS. I’m posting links to discussions on MGUS below, along with Mayo Clinic’s webpage on MGUS.
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/mgus/symptoms-causes/syc-20352362
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– Does anyone else have MGUS? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mgus-diagnosis/
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– MGUS: Please, let me know I not alone https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mgus-2d464e/

– MGUS diet: Any tips on food to enjoy or prevent progression? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mgus-bgus-diet/

I’d like to introduce you to @pmm, @momsys,@mommatracy5, and @dazlin who were diagnosed with MUGA. These would be great people to Connect with for support. ☺️

I know waiting for labs is so stressful. Wishing you some good news on yours! Are you currently on any treatment for your MGUS?

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@loribmt

Hi, @myboyzr2, Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect! I’m glad you found this forum too. It really helps to meet others who are traveling along the same road. There are several discussion related to MGUS~Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance.

(MGUS) is a condition in which an abnormal protein — known as monoclonal protein or M protein — is in your blood.
For most people it doesn’t pose a problem but it can progress into more serious diseases. We have quite a few members in our forum who have also been diagnosed with MGUS. I’m posting links to discussions on MGUS below, along with Mayo Clinic’s webpage on MGUS.
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/mgus/symptoms-causes/syc-20352362
~~~~

– Does anyone else have MGUS? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mgus-diagnosis/
~~~
– MGUS: Please, let me know I not alone https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mgus-2d464e/

– MGUS diet: Any tips on food to enjoy or prevent progression? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mgus-bgus-diet/

I’d like to introduce you to @pmm, @momsys,@mommatracy5, and @dazlin who were diagnosed with MUGA. These would be great people to Connect with for support. ☺️

I know waiting for labs is so stressful. Wishing you some good news on yours! Are you currently on any treatment for your MGUS?

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Ty Lori. Not currently. I've got to do a 24 hr urine and follow up with hema/onco in 3 month.
As I read other symptoms I realize they seem to be related. Hip pain, numbness tingling in my hands. I'm stressed. I've had big Heath issues currently dealing with pulmonary embolisms in both lungs.

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@loribmt

Hi, @myboyzr2, Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect! I’m glad you found this forum too. It really helps to meet others who are traveling along the same road. There are several discussion related to MGUS~Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance.

(MGUS) is a condition in which an abnormal protein — known as monoclonal protein or M protein — is in your blood.
For most people it doesn’t pose a problem but it can progress into more serious diseases. We have quite a few members in our forum who have also been diagnosed with MGUS. I’m posting links to discussions on MGUS below, along with Mayo Clinic’s webpage on MGUS.
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/mgus/symptoms-causes/syc-20352362
~~~~

– Does anyone else have MGUS? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mgus-diagnosis/
~~~
– MGUS: Please, let me know I not alone https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mgus-2d464e/

– MGUS diet: Any tips on food to enjoy or prevent progression? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mgus-bgus-diet/

I’d like to introduce you to @pmm, @momsys,@mommatracy5, and @dazlin who were diagnosed with MUGA. These would be great people to Connect with for support. ☺️

I know waiting for labs is so stressful. Wishing you some good news on yours! Are you currently on any treatment for your MGUS?

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I know the feeling. When I was first diagnosed with MGUS, I felt like I had the sword of Damocles hanging over my head. Every check up produced great anxiety. This lasted years. I now have acquired several other conditions that are eventually lethal. MGUS has dropped in importance.

It took a while to get a thorough workup for MGUS. I recommend the Mayo.

I am glad you survived the embolisms. I hope you are being treated. My husband experienced them and survived too.

The best words I can offer are not comforting. They are, however, what we all must confront: life is ultimately fatal. Something will kill me someday. So my best option is to live the best I can each day, and trust in God.

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Hi @myboyzr2 I just wanted to make sure you have seen this reply from @anng53 which was meant for you. https://connect.mayoclinic.org/comment/789063/

How are you coping? Feeling a little less stress? I know it’s the holiday week, but have you heard back with results from your 24 hour urine test?

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Free Kappas can cause kidney damage. Has anyone with MGUS been treated to reduce free kappa levels ?

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Welcome to the MGUS club. It does seem a bit maddening to rely on the wait and see methodology, but that’s what we do.

I didn’t have the M protein in my urine. They do a pretty extensive bloodwork every three months and I know that, they monitor my kidney function closely. So far, everything has been OK.
I say this a lot because I find that the impact of anxiety really translates into physiological symptoms, but the more anxious I become the worse I feel. My white count shoots up in response to anxiety. It’s as though my body is fighting a physiological adversary. For this reason, I try to stay calm and centered about the diagnosis. While it’s true, that sometimes MGUS progresses to smoldering multiple myeloma or myeloma, that is rare statistically. I think it’s important to remember that. Live your life fully and not let anxiety be your theme song.
The other glass is half full thought I try to remember is that as a result of this diagnosis, I get excellent preventive medical care. They do such a thorough analysis, every three months with periodic scans, looking for lesions, that it is unlikely that some lethal disease will sneak up on me.
As a result of my MGUS workup, I know oh so much more about my 70 year old body and potential pitfalls than I ever would were I not so well attended.
Keep the faith.
Patty

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@pmm

Welcome to the MGUS club. It does seem a bit maddening to rely on the wait and see methodology, but that’s what we do.

I didn’t have the M protein in my urine. They do a pretty extensive bloodwork every three months and I know that, they monitor my kidney function closely. So far, everything has been OK.
I say this a lot because I find that the impact of anxiety really translates into physiological symptoms, but the more anxious I become the worse I feel. My white count shoots up in response to anxiety. It’s as though my body is fighting a physiological adversary. For this reason, I try to stay calm and centered about the diagnosis. While it’s true, that sometimes MGUS progresses to smoldering multiple myeloma or myeloma, that is rare statistically. I think it’s important to remember that. Live your life fully and not let anxiety be your theme song.
The other glass is half full thought I try to remember is that as a result of this diagnosis, I get excellent preventive medical care. They do such a thorough analysis, every three months with periodic scans, looking for lesions, that it is unlikely that some lethal disease will sneak up on me.
As a result of my MGUS workup, I know oh so much more about my 70 year old body and potential pitfalls than I ever would were I not so well attended.
Keep the faith.
Patty

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Thanks for your comments. I was diagnosed with MGUS in 2014 ,then CLL and APL had their turn. After 8 months of daily arsenic infusions, I am in remission from APL but CLL still active. Now the MGUS is generating free Kappas and igMs damaging all organs irreversibly. I am hoping to find anyone who has been treated to reduce free kappas.

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