Jan 19, 2008 - 1:04 pm
Hi, I am new to the post and looking for any answers. My Dad is 66 and was just diagnosed with MM. 3 months ago we were mountain biking, swimming in big waves, and were a very active family and he seemed to be very healthy. In the last 4 weeks he started to get severe back pain which started the tests that led to being diagnosed. Well, we found out that 90-95% of his plasma cells are MM and he has one bone lesion on this sternum and 2 on different vertebrae. Because of the advanced stage they quickly started him on Valcade, Dex and Zometia along with Morphine and Vicodin for his back. Can anyone help with advice to relieve his back pain? The medication does little to help and he has a really hard time sleeping at night. I think that if we could get this under control it would really help him battle this disease. My other question is, what are his chances of bringing his MM % down and controlling this disease? We have read up a lot on MM and hear stories of people living years, but also of people dying in months. The number seems almost unbeatable and we are very scared. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.