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Lynda Carol hit a good one...have as many blood tests as you can tolerate. Vitamin/mineral levels, hormones, LYME (often presents as facial numbness/Bell's Palsy- IGENEX has the best test for this)
Johns Hopkins has a huge list of tests to take, they cover most of these items.
Here's the info from Chris-
The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
Hi-Dose Cytoxan Patient Evaluation
This is a list of the necessary evaluation tests needed prior to your Cytoxan therapy. These tests need to be done between ________and ____________
Please fax results to the BMT Office at _______________by __________.
Please alert us at ______________if it will not be possible to have the test results by this date.
CBC, differential, reticulocyte count
Basic Metabolic which includes: Na,K,Cl, CO2,BUN,Creatinine, Glucose, Ca
Hepatic Function which includes: AST/ALT, Alk Phos, Bilirubin (Total & Direct), Total Protein, Alb
HTLV I and II
Hepatitis B surface Antigen
Hepatitis B Core Antibody (IgM and IgG)
Hepatitis C Antibody, HCV NAT
Anti-HIV 1 and 2; HIV-1 NAT;
CMV (Cytomegalovirus) IgG, CMV IgM
HSV (Herpes Simplex) - IgG
VZ (Varicella Zoster) - IgG
Immunoglobulin Survey (IgG, IgA, IgM)
and IgG subclasses
Estimated Sedimentation Rate
Urine dipstick and microscopic exam and culture for bacteria
Chest X-ray, PA and Lateral
Chest and Sinus Cat scan
Pulmonary Function tests (including DLCO), Spirometry (FVC and FEV1), Single Breath CO Diffusing Capacity, Helium Lung Volume
MUGA (or ECHO) for LVEF
I had to fast 12 hours before the blood tests. For the lung tests I cannot take my steroid based inhaler 48 hours prior, no albuterol inhaler 8 hrs prior, and no caffeine on the day of the test.
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Learning about your MS over the phone...yeah, the aliens have landed, and are beaming you up. I'm really sorry.
Husband dx RRMS 3/07
dx dual jugular vein stenosis (CCSVI) 4/09
dual stents placed 5/09
CCSVI in MS