Monday, April 5, 2010

Hair = Good; Protein = Bad

The good news is that I haven't lost any hair in over a month. I'm not even losing any in the shower these days so that means I'm losing less hair than I was pre-op!

The bad news is that my protein is lower than ever. Unfortunately, the doc who ordered my labs is an idiot and only had them test my protein instead of doing a Comprehensive Metabolic Panel like my regular doc would have ordered. So I have no idea what my albumin level is. And that's important because low albumin could indicate liver disease. Especially if the BUN is also low.

Last time my albumin and other numbers were fine which made the low protein less troublesome. Without the comprehensive panel, though, I have no context for the protein number.

So tomorrow I get to call the office and bitch and get them to order the proper tests.

In the meantime, my PCP wants me to see a nutritionist. I'm happy enough to do that, but I know my nutrition isn't the issue. I eat plenty of protein from a wide variety of sources. I eat 120 to 150 g of protein a day from a combination of meat (chicken, pork, beef), eggs, dairy, soy and whey. I'm not sure what else I can do!
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