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Hi David- I was recently diagnosed with monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS). It was found by labs done because of pins and needles in my arms and legs after a Covid vaccine.
Several years ago I had similar symptoms after flu vaccine. Have you heard of this?
My Primary Care physician thinks it’s an incidental finding and not related?
What is your opinion?
I realize that you are not a physician but can offer advice only. David
Several different issues for you to consider. First and foremost, I want to say that it is to your PCP’s credit that he/she discovered your MGUS from routine labs. Pre-MM as well as full MM are both difficult to diagnose and therefore often go undetected until it is too late.
Though and argument can be made for the “ignorance is bliss” approach, I am of the firm belief that identifying MGUS allows the patient to undergo evidence-based, non-toxic, non-conventional therapies shown to reduce the risk of a full MM diagnosis.
Secondly, there are two possible reasons for numberless and tingling. A rare side effect, according to the research linked below, is numbness and tingling from a covid vaccine and/or a flu shot.
Peripheral Neuropathy (PN) is a common symptom of MGUS. PN is associated with an increased immunoglobulin of IgM.
My opinion is that your MGUS is making your nerves sensitive and your nerves are sensitive to vaccines and flu shots.
If your tingling passes then, yes, I see this issue as an incidental finding. Good to know, good to be aware of, but you should be able to focus on your MGUS (health, exercise, nutrition, supplementation, etc.) without worrying about nerve issues.
Let men know if you have any questions.
Sars-Cov-2 (Covid-19) Vaccine, Mrna-Lnp, Spike Protein (Moderna) (Intramuscular Route)
“…You may also have vision changes, numbness or tingling in your arms, hands, or feet, or jerky movements of the arms and legs. Your doctor may want you to be observed after you get the injection to prevent and manage fainting…”
“Signs and Symptoms
There are usually no obvious symptoms associated with MGUS. Occasionally, people with MGUS have numbness or tingling in their hands and feet (peripheral neuropathy), or problems with their balance. This may be due to nerve damage caused by the paraprotein in the blood.
Patients with MGUS should watch for any symptoms, such as bone pain and fatigue, as they might indicate progression to myeloma.”