Hello friends, I am headed back to UC San Francisco to get surgery as well a biopsy of nerves and muscle. Well recently my neurologist sent me a letter saying I need an xray called a skeletal survey to look at my bones also another letter saying I have monocional gammopathy, so I will either be going back to UCSF or Stanford to continue with test. I get these letters from my neurologist with no explanation? Does anyone know why a doc would order these test and what the bone survey and monoclonal gammopathy are? I appreciate all.. thank you... pamee
Skeletal Survey & Monoclonal gammopathy?
Added 11 Feb 2013:
My neurologist is great and I really like her, but why do doctors want to tell me what needs to be done, but doesn't explain to me why and what they're looking for.. I am baffled?
Hi darling Pamee, I don't have a clue, but I will write all of this down, and do a bit of googling to find out. In the meantime, perhaps one of the wonderful nurses on our site will see your question and answer you. I can think of two very, very knowledgable nurses, and one is or was on here earlier. I'll send her a message for you, dear Pamee.
I have no idea why a Dr. would order such major tests without explaination. I don't know, maybe you need to call your doc and ask for info. He/she is obligated to give you this info. Their negligent, in my opinion. I'd be upset, too. They didn't give you any pamphlets or printouts?
Here's the only help I can give you. It came from the Mayo clinic, so I trust their info:
Monoclonal gammopathy is a condition in which an abnormal protein (Monoclonal protein, or M protein) is in the blood. M protein is produced by plasma, a type of of white blood cell.
Monocclonal gammopathy of undetermined of any significance usually causes no problems. In some people, however, monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance.is either associated with another disease or can progress over years to other disorders, including some forms of blood cancer.
Because it's difficult to predict whose condition will progress, if you have monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance you'll usually have annual checkups to monitor your level of M protein. If there's no increase in the protein, monoclonal gammopathy doesn't require treatment.
the protein, monoclonal gammopathy doesn't require treatment.
If monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance does progress, close monitoring leads to early diagnosis and treatment
A skeletal survey is a series of X-rays of all the bones in the body, or at least the axial skeleton and the large cortical bones. A very common use is the diagnosis of multiple myeloma, where tumour deposits appear as "punched-out" lesions. The standard set of X-rays for a skeletal survey includes X-rays of the skull, entire spine, pelvis, ribs, both humeri and femora (proximal long bones). It has been found to be much more sensitive than MRI and isotope scans to detect bone involvement in multiple myeloma.
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