Tuesday, February 16, 2010

LDH is high. Sadly, I am still sober.

I just completed another round of blood work and this time the results are little more in the gray area. My lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) levels are just outside the normal range on the high side. At first glance, I'm not too concerned about it simply because blood markers can vary from the time to time. In order to find a problem you need take a step back and look to identify a pattern. It is the pattern in my case which is causing me some concern. I have a report from August of 2009 where my levels were at the low side of the spectrum. As I look at each of the results ever since, this number has been on a steady increase. This is indeed a pattern that we don't want to see. Let's have a quick look to see what this is telling us.

LDH is an enzyme found in several body tissue cells, including the heart, liver, kidneys, skeletal muscles, brain, red blood cells and lungs. When a disease or injury affects the body tissue, LDH is released into the blood stream. This test is used to screen for the degree of metastases to other organs at melanoma stage IV. A high LDH score means that melanoma cancer cells have spread to the liver, but because several organs produce LDH the results can be deceiving. In my case, I had a fairly heavy tumor load even when my LDH was still at a very low point. The fact that it has since been steadily on the increase should still raise some concern.

I am being referred to another local MD to see if we can get further clarification. There are additional blood tests that can detect isoenzymes that would indicate the source of the increased LDH. My Gerson doctor thinks that since my other blood levels, particularly my liver enzymes are still in normal range, increased LDH could indicate that my tumor burden is breaking up. I'm not really sure what to think at this point.

Until I recognized the pattern, I was working under the knowledge that lactate acid is formed and levels are increased when muscles are at work. The build up of this chemical is what causes soreness and muscle pain. Did anybody see that it snowed recently? Though I wouldn't say that I over exerted myself, certainly clearing the driveway a few times was no simple task. Though it doesn't account for the increase over the past several months, it may have been a contributing factor which put me over the top.

I just did another Google search to verify and since nobody has yet to find the miracle pill or claim to cure melanoma, my plan remains unchanged. I will go meet with this new doctor and hopefully get further blood work to help isolate the source. Though I'm sure he is a good doctor, he is a general practitioner so I'm not expecting to be too heavily enlightened about my situation after leaving his office.


Anonymous said...

Would it help to get another scan to see if the tumors are breaking up or do you have to wait to do that?


Mike Brockey said...

I would be more interested in having a scan if it meant there was an option or a treatment decision. If I were to have one and it shows that things are worse, it would only make doing the therapy that much harder. At least now I can tell myself that it is working, and sometimes actually beleive it.

I'm not ruling it out. Just thinking out loud.


Laurie said...

Positive thoughts are AT LEAST as important as the blood tests, Mike! And like you said, if you were going to change your course of treatment, then it might make a difference. There is no KNOWN "miracle" cure for cancer, much less metastatic melanoma. But does that mean there isn't a "miracle" out there with your name on it??? Heck...why shouldn't there be????

My prayers will continue to go up for you! There are people who feel that believing in a "higher power" is crazy. But you know what? It bring me PEACE and it brings me HOPE!

I believe that doctors heal, I believe that God heals, and I believe that Gerson has healed. Maybe it's a combination that is the answer...maybe not. All I know is I beLIeVE in miracles, no matter where they come from.

Love and prayers going out to you and all your family!!! Peace, peace, peace to you...peace of mind, peace of heart, and peace of spirit!!

<3 Laurie

Daniela said...

good morning, mike!

i still, at times, think in terms of "gerson schedule time", so here, at 7am, you have likely had your first juice of the morning. we did apple or pear juice at 7, in lieu of orange, and in truth, i do not think i have ever tasted anything as delicious as norwalk pressed pear juice. nectar of the gods...

thanks for your update. it seems your journey has nestled into a place of 'remain in the present" and 'be here now'...and being peaceful in your center...

you are wise to seek additional clarification on your bloodwork, if possible with the new GP, and also give great consideration of dr.c's input. your body healing and tumors dying can certainly have measurable test results be erratic & confounding.

are you able to access organic calves livers? i know the present form of GT does not include this, however, i know from charlotte that this is the ideal form of therapy, and the one piece that can tip the scales of effectiveness of GT from great results to extraordinary results. i know several people on the Yahoo group who had significant & immediate changes in their body's response to the therapy as soon as the raw liver was incorporated.

it was discontinued at the clinic b/c of a bacteria (i think i recall this as the reason...) in some of the livers due to improper transport of the livers to the clinic, but that issue is not of concern if you are able to procure them from a local organic farm...

just something to think about & give consideration to. if you are not in communication with charlotte, directly, about this, i know she welcomes direct emails from patients she has met at the clinic.

i hope it's ok with you that i am making this suggestion, mike. i'd rather share some of the most important info i've learned regarding GT and let you decide if it's of value to you, or not.

in warmth,

the scholl family

Anonymous said...

Hi Mike - I believe in the positive..(heck why do they have placebo trial drugs!). and hanging on to what the Gerson Dr. says. I know what it's like to get news that can set you back, set backs suck, no better way to describe it, but I hope this is temporary for you.

Mike we are all here for you, There is no reason to give up hope - continue with your healing journey.

Chinese proverb says...Fall down 7 times get up 8.. If I didn't beleive that, I would have given up a long time ago.

Keep believing Mike!