Hi. I posted this in another forum but got no answers, so I thought I would try here. Thanks in advance for any advice.
I was diagnosed with MGUS, which is a pre-cancerous condition that can lead to bone cancer and some other gnarly stuff. According to Wikipedia, Hep C is one of several diseases that MGUS can present with, so I am posting there first. The only things I found on the subject when I searched MedHelp, were very old posts, so I thought I would see if there are any current folks who may know about this. Here is the description from Wikipedia:
Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS, unknown or uncertain may be substituted for undetermined), formerly benign monoclonal gammopathy, is a condition in which a paraprotein is found in the blood during standard laboratory tests. It resembles multiple myeloma and similar diseases, but the levels of antibody are lower, the number of plasma cells (white blood cells that secrete antibodies) in the bone marrow is lower, it has no symptoms or problems, and no treatment is indicated. However, multiple myeloma develops at the rate of about 1-2% a year, so doctors recommend monitoring it yearly. In rare cases, it may also be related with a slowly progressive symmetric distal sensorimotor neuropathy.