Dr. Sher called me and luckily MH was home with me (packing) and could listen in to hear the results of my testing. I have tested positive for activated Natural Killer Cells. Which means that I could have either an autoimmune issue or an alloimmune issue. Further testing is needed to determine which is the underlying cause. I’m hopeful that it is an autoimmune issue and not an alloimmune issue as an autoimmune issue is more common and easier to treat.
He then went on to recommend that while both are treatable that because the treatments are harsh on the body that it is easiest and best (this is where I want a second opinion) to combine treatment with IVF. My personal preference is to get the treatments and try naturally but I need to know if this is 1) possible and 2) worth it both financially and physically. If the treatments are ridiculously expensive and if I’m trying naturally we may have to try for months than I’m all for going for IVF and getting it over in one or two shots.
That’s what Dr. Sher claims would get it done. One or two cycles of IVF treatment combined with intralipid and steroid treatments. If it is an autoimmune issue, he gives me an 80% chance of success with IVF.
While I need to do more research on Natural Killer Cells, treatments, autoimmune versus alloimmune, I have tentatively signed up for the December IVF cycle in Las Vegas starting on December 5.
So, I took our results as both positive positive (we have a reason for why I’m not getting pregnant and for our loss[s]) and positive negative (there is a need for more testing and while Dr. Sher originally said that IVF wasn’t needed on my first call with him, he now recommends it because of my border line DOR and to minimize my intake of steroids and the intralipid infusions).
I think that summarizes it. (But, the movers arrive in 2 hours so I’m a little preoccupied). If something isn’t clear or you want further detail, let me know if the comments and I’ll try to reply over the next couple of days as we road trip to our new home in Seattle!
If you know more about ANY of this, please share with me!! I could use your historical knowledge.
Oh, and my waking temp dropped to 97.8 this morning. The b.itch is going to show up later today. But, I expected it. 😦
It just means I can enjoy a glass of wine or two over dinner tonight with friends!