Sunday, November 26, 2017
My recent bone density test identified osteoporosis in my lower spine. -3, which means it's the real deal as far as I understand. My myeloma is under control and I haven't had any bone involvement from the disease. I'm kidney impacted. So the 6 and half years of steroids is the culprit for the weakening bones. With these results, Phan wanted to do a full skeletal survey to see if there are any identifiable weaknesses or holes in my bones...and to make sure I have no lesions. Lesions are quite unlikely for the reasons stated above. I've now done three skeletal surveys since being diagnosed. Below are a couple of the xrays from the most recent survey. I have no idea if there is anything there or not. I'll see Phan in a week or two to review. Oh, note, lower back pain is minimal, although I can say on Kilimanjaro on day 5, it was pretty achy. Also note that in the chest xray you can check out my power port.
Some reading about my myeloma specialist's success rate. A press release and an article from Targeted Oncology.