Patient Comments: Multiple Myeloma - Diagnosis

Describe the tests and exams that led to a diagnosis of multiple myeloma.

Comment from: BO, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 04

My husband had been working on our daughter"s truck, changing and rotating tires. He had a difficult time working some of the bolts loose. The next week, he began having lower back pain that became increasingly worse, to the point he was having difficulty walking. After a trip to urgent care where they did an x-ray and suggested that he see a chiropractor, he followed up with an orthopedist instead. After a month of unsuccessful treatment with a dose pack, unsuccessful physical therapy and increasing pain, they prepared to do an epidural steroid injection (ESI) with and MRI. That"s when they found the tumor on his T10 that was "highly suggestive" for multiple myeloma. He was hospitalized the next day and had the CT, bone scan, blood work and bone marrow biopsy for the definitive diagnosis.

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Comment from: Hansd, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: February 06

My doctor suspects multiple myeloma from blood tests done recently. For 4 days I had been tired when walking and then I fainted in the bathroom, was taken to emergency and received 3 bags of blood. This brought the hemoglobin level up from 55 to 91. Further tests are now being done (blood, urine and skeletal X-ray to determine what the further treatment should be. I am 90 years old and consider myself healthy (never had any major disease). For 30 years I have worked out at a fitness center and walk 2 times for 20 minutes each day. I am interested in knowing what further to expect.

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Comment from: shnkle54, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 05

An ER doctor did X-rays because I fell. I was in lots of pain and having problems breathing. The doctor on duty just happened to be an oncologist. He looked at the X-rays and had more blood tests done. He recommended that I make an appointment to see him in his office. I had a biopsy, which did confirm the multiple myeloma.

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