Apr 30, 2003 - 1:26 am
My father is 67 years old and has just been diagnosed with MM. Even at 67 he could outwork most people but he started having some problems.
He started getting short of breath in Oct 02. A tread mill test was done to check his heart followed by a heart cath. No blockages were found only a small restriction. He was given some blood pressure medication and his heart was in good shape.
In December 02 he was going out of business and moving some tool boxes and seperated his shoulder and pulled some ribs from his sternum. He also later discovered he had a cracked rib. After 2 - 3 weeks of pain medication his lower back started hurting so bad he could not lay down and was in a tremendous amount of pain. He decided to go to a chiropracter and got some relief for the back. He then started feeling weak and in late Feb 03 came down with pneumonia. He recovered from the pneumonia but continuied to get weaker.
He went to his family doctor who did some blood work and said he needed to go to hospital the next day.
My father went in on Tuesday and they ran several test on his blood. He was given two units of blood. His hemigloben and oxygen were low and they put him on oxygen.
This improved his strength slightly but it was hard for him to get out of the bed and he seemed to be confused at times and in pain. Sometimes he did not know where he was and other times he would be fine but just weak and hurting. They ran more test and gave him another unit of blood.
They continued to run more test and on Thursday did a full body X-ray and took a bone marrow sample from his hip bone. They said his bone was very soft.
On Friday they diagnosed him with MM, refered him to a specialist and sent him home. When he left the hospital he could walk using a walker but was in pain.
He is now so weak he cannot get out of the chair by himself. He is in a lot of pain when he sits and when he tries to walk. Most of the time he falls asleep and wakes up a couple of minutes later slighly confused.
We are waiting for our appointment to see the specialist. From what I can read on the internet the specialist will determine what stage he is at and what course of treatment to take.
From your own experiences can some of you give me an opinion of what stage he may be at or describe what stage you where at and the symptoms you experienced at that stage?
Even though he is in pain he has a very good outlook and is relying on his faith in God to be healed of this. He is a fighter and will make it through this thing.