Hi, I am new here, added a post yesterday to a discussion, but was hoping to get some feedback on a few ?'s I have. Little background, I was diagnosed 3/23. I am 39, female. Everything happened very quickly, I had bloodwork done tues, got a call from the family doc saying I needed to see an Onc right away. My husband was on the phone the next am by 8 and had an appt for me by 3 in NY. Initially due to the blast % in my blood the doc was concerned I was in the accelerated phase, but fortunately the % was lower in the bone marrow, so he feel's more confident I am in the chronic phase. We should have the FISH results and the other genetic test they do with the bone marrow biopsy on fri, which I guess will tell him for sure. Currently I am on 100mg Sprycel, allopurinol, revegel ? (to stop me from absorbing phosphorus), and iron (they said i am 2 different kinds of anemic, one of which is iron deficient, I don't eat any red meat).
My questions are: when I had that initial bloodwork done my cholesterol came back low, particularly my good cholesterol. It is only 18, when it should be at least 50. Before this I had cholesterol done a few years prior with no problems. Has anyone else had this experience? Is it related to the leukemia? Any thoughts on it? Also, I have read on here people saying they feel like their heart is pounding hard, is that related to medicine or the leukemia? I ask because one of the things that led me to even get a script for bloodwork was a "forceful" heartbeat, my doctor thought it was my thyroid. That was back in december at my yearly physical. I never went for the bloodwork till 3/22, I wasn't concerned back in dec, but decided to go in March since I was SO tired and had a weird "stomach" thing going on that I thought I should have checked out, so i thought i'd do bloodwork first then make a follow up appt. Now I know the weird feeling i was having was my spleen pushing my stomach off to one side. Which brings me to my next question, how long did it take for your spleen to return to a more normal size and stop feeling "uncomfortable?"
Thank you so much for your input, It is very helpful as I am still trying to wrap my head around all this and figure it all out.