My husband was diagnosed in April of 2019 and went into remission within six months. His most recent (done 3 months ago) PET and Bone Marrow Biopsy showed no myeloma cells present anywhere. He has always experienced some lower back pain which he usually described as being 2 on a scale of 10, but recently he has complained of a lot more pain in the 5-6 range. His oncologist suspected a broken rib, so ordered an x-ray, but no broken ribs were showing. His oncologist suggested maybe going to… read more
It is important to follow up with your oncologist if you experience back pain at all times if you have multiple myeloma. However , there can be many causes. My particular cause resulted from excess weight and low core strength that of course is common for people over 60 years age. My oncologist had a MRI performed and it fortunately detected no issue. Therefore , he referred me to a Cancer Rehabilitation program where my coach designed a specific exercise and diet regimen. Problem solved for now. I am in remission , but stay alert for signs of relapse. I hope this helps.
The only time my husband had lower back pain was this spring. His surgeon (he had thoracic section rebuilt in December, 2019 due to MM metastasis). This spring he started having intense pain in lower back. X-ray and MRI showed a collapsed L1 vertebrae.,he had kyphoplasty in June and is doing well.
I had and continue to have back pain but it’s getting better. Induction meds are extremely muscle wasting. In my case, so much so in my arms and legs that I needed a walker and transport chair (no longer needed).
What I’ve recently realized is in addition to my arms and legs, my back muscles have also weakened significantly - therefore my continued back pain. Four weeks ago I started going to the gym daily. I’m working on many parts, including my back. One machine is a back bend. I started at 40 lbs. I’m now doing 80 lbs. My back is doing much better but there’s a little bit yet to go.
Received reports from my new X-rays this week. They found minor bone spurs on my lumbar vertebrae - nothing serious but expected due to MM and aging. Researching this, it can cause lower back pain and it can be relieved somewhat with exercise and stretching.
I am going through the exact situation. I visited a radiation specialist who showed my CT skeletal scans from diagnosis in 2016 and now with a relapse. It was interesting how despite the therapies decreasing pain initially the lesions never really healed and now the compressions in my spine are worse. However I went for radiation treatment and happy to report that after three weeks my pain has greatly subsided and I am hopeful to return to doing things and being more active again. I hope your husband is equally as fortunate.
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