Test results!

Hi everyone! Oh dear, I’ve been gone for quite some time, haven’t I? Life really does get in the way of plans sometimes.

In this period, in addition to being super busy with a million other things, I’ve been focusing on getting my arthritic knee in shape. There’s no going back to the knee I had in my 20s, of course, but I can try at least to stop it from getting worse, mainly with physiotherapy. Okay, but enough about my knee….that’s not the reason I’ve written this post…

Today I have some good news that I’d like to share with you… 😛 

Here’s the news: I just received my most recent blood and urine tests, which are about the same as my previous ones. Some numbers have actually improved, such as my C-reactive protein, which is now within the normal range. In sum, no huge changes compared to previous tests, which means that I’m (still) stable. Relief!

Anyway, I hope everyone is doing well…Again, I apologise for being absent on the blog, but my knee is an everyday issue (oh no, no no no!, here she goes on about her knee again… 😉 ).

Speaking of my knee (agggghhhh!), Stefano and I are about to go on an anti-inflammatory diet with the help of a nutritionist…I do hope that this diet will help (it should)…In fact, I wonder if it might help improve my MM markers, too…Hmmm, that would indeed be an added bonus.

And, in case you’re wondering, I’m still taking my high dose of curcumin every day (divided into two doses — half at lunch, half at dinner), to which I’ve now added some boswellia capsules. A recent Italian study showed that boswellia can lessen pain in the…ah yes, you guessed!…in the knee!!! Hehe. Besides, as we know, boswellia is also a MM cell killer, so it should work on both fronts, knee and MM. Too early to tell, though. We’ll have to wait for my next tests…

Okay, off I go. Today is a good day! Take care, everyone! Ciao!


  1. Hi Margaret,
    I have in the past lots of inspiration / information from the site . The type of information I got from you changed my life. Please don’t stop.


  2. Hi Margaret. AGAIN Good news. Yes I am sure that anti inflammatory diet WILL help both conditions. Surprised if it doesn’t. You said high dose am & pm. Could you reply what dose and what brands. I am just taking 2,000 tumeric pepper daily, still in remission 23 months, although protein is a problem they are watching plus albumin/creatinine. Kidney stage 3b
    I could eat less protein, and change a few foods. No treatment at all needed at this stage. Testing fir free light chain in a out 2 weeks.. kindest regards to you all

    1. Hi Paula, I’m taking a total of 7.50 grams of C3 Complex capsules. I take half with lunch, half with dinner, mainly because it’s more convenient…As for brands, nope, no official brands: my fabulous pharmacist prepares these capsules in his galenic laboratory here in Florence. Keep up the good work, my dear! Fingers crossed for those tests!

  3. Dear Margaret: so good to hear you are back on line…we missed you so much. I too take Boswellia, 1000mg bid, and it really helps joint pain. The anti inflammatory diet is a must, lots of greens, fish, and no sugar at all. I am also gluten-free, which helps, so good luck to you, Beatrice

  4. Hi Margaret,

    It’s been a while since I’ve been on your site. Glad you’re doing well.

    Regarding joint issues: Have you tried glucosamine Chondroitin?

    They put it in some dog foods here now. I’ve seen it work miracles with our older dogs when we switched to a glucosamine chondroitin fortified food ( Purina One).

    Even some doctors here agree that G. C. helps with joint issues.

    I am still MGUS. I have only had one set of months when my IGM went down rather than increased. That was during Covid when I was taking HCQ.

    I don’t know if that’s what did it. I can see a few possibilities:
    – HCQ helped
    – I also started taking Synthroid about that time. A German dentist showed me some early study that showed Synthroid may have reduced IGM. However, when I stopped taking HCQ, my IGM again resumed upward travel.
    – It could have been timing coincidence.

    1. Hi Jim, thanks for your message about GC and HCQ. Yes, I have been taking GC (not the Purina One version, though! Hehe) ever since I saw my surgeon, so it’s been months. Interesting what you say about HCQ, do keep me updated on that, please. Cheers! Margaret

  5. I’m so happy to see that you’re still here at the blog, and I’m thrilled to hear about your test results! I discovered your blog when I was first diagnosed with MGUS, and it’s been such a helpful source of information and encouragement. I can’t adequately express my thanks! Hopefully the recent changes to your treatment will improve your knee. Keep us updated if you can. 🙂

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