- Hemoglobin went up a bit: from 12.7 to 13.6 g/dL.
- So did my hematocrit, from 37.4 to 40.0.
- My blood viscosity and general inflammation marker (VES, in Italian) went from 50 mm/h to 42, the lowest it has been in years (I checked as far back as 2004).
- Ferritin: up slightly, from 7 to 13 ng/mL. Still under the normal range, though (sigh).
- CRP is still under 9 mg/L.
- Bence-Jones is negative, as it has always been. In this case, for non-myeloma folks, negative is good.
- IgA and IgM are the same as they were (barely there, but holding on!).
- B2M: stable. It went from 1.9 to 2.0, still within the normal range.
- Albumin went up a bit, from 48.2 to 49.0 %. So did my beta globulin, from 6.9 to 7.4 %.
- Liver markers are all fine. To be expected, because of my intake of curcumin.
- DHEA-S (new test) is right smack in the middle of the normal range.
- Total IgG went from 31.90 to 35.30 g/L. It’s never been that high. Please remember, though, that I started on antibiotics the day after the tests, so that could have something to do with this bothersome increase.
- My serum iron took a bit of a plunge, from 81 to 57 micrograms/dL, which means that I am now a bit below the normal range. I guess I will be seeing heaps of iron-rich molasses in my near future.
- Total protein: the highest it has ever been. It went from 8.7 to 9.3 g/dL.
- The news gets "better": my m-spike went from 2.17 to 2.45. The highest it’s been since I discovered this test (less than a year, so not long).
- My monoclonal component also took a wrong turn (I’m going to give it a map before I take my next set of tests!), going from 25.0 to 26.4 %.
- For the first time EVER, my white cell count has dropped below the normal range. That doesn’t make much sense, since, as I mentioned, I must have been fighting an infection at the time. Puzzling.
Two of my "new" tests were a bit “off,” as follows.
- Alkaline phosphatase, which is below the normal range. This could be a symptom of a bunch of things (still have to look into the matter), such as magnesium deficiency and hypothyroidism. But, from what I have read so far, better to have a low than high result. Phew.
- Creatinine clearance, which I have never had done before, is right smack on the high end of the normal range: 140 mL/min. That could mean a million things, including hypothyroidism (hmmm, there it pops up again!), so I will have it checked out. But my serum creatinine is fine, no change from last tests (0.7). I will have to sort this out.
- Her blood viscosity dropped a few more points, from 44 to 40 (but in the past it’s been as high as 98!). She told me this is the lowest it’s been in years.
- B2M went from 1.9 to 1.7. Good.
- CRP is less than 1 mg/L. WOWIE. Excellent, Sherlock!
- Her serum iron level went up, and is now well within the normal range. Go figure.
- Her total protein went up, from 8.4 to 9.0. She has had higher results, though, in her pre-curcumin past.
- Total IgG went from 28.5 to 30.0, not a huge jump.
- Her IgM, which is higher than mine, dropped a bit, from 0.23 to 0.19.
- M-spike went from 2.24 to 2.5. I see that in her pre-curcumin era it was higher, at times.
- Monoclonal component jumped in her case, too: from 26.7 to 27.8.
My conclusions. Biocurcumax may well work for other ailments, but it would appear not to have worked for yours truly and Sherlock, respectively a U.S. citizen and an Italian (our DNA is VERY different, I mean).
So…hasta la vista, Biocurcumax! Too bad. Life can be like a rather wobbly path through the woods at times (I took this photo in Acadia, Maine, in 2006 ).
Well, at least I won’t have any more rosacea flare-ups. There is always (?) a bright side…