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Comment from: skippy, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 18

My brother had multiple myeloma went through all the treatments. He maintained for a short time, but the back pain forced him to use a walker at 58 years old. In April of this year he got a severe nose bleed was admitted again. He had a test and it was determined that the calcium levels were high which meant the cancer was going to his brain, he got crossed eyed, confused and went downhill very fast. He passed away June 4, 2010.

Comment from: al w., 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 14

My symptoms were mainly morning nausea and a "dark feeling" I also noticed a very, very weak urine stream. As it turned out, my creatinine was a 9 (normal in 0.9-1.2 for a man my age) which meant that I was in kidney failure.

Comment from: 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 07

At 54, blood tests during an office visit relating to a severe flu revealed anemia. My internal physician was cautious and asked for follow-up tests over the next several months. When the numbers did not improve, I was referred to the hematologist, who proffered a preliminary diagnosis of myeloma and then confirmed it with bone marrow biopsy. I was stage II, with lambda light chains around 14000 mg/L. I had no prior symptoms, although friends subsequently noted that I had been sick often during the previous year. The oncologist observed that I was carrying the disease very well: looking more visibly ill might have accelerated diagnosis. It was fortunate that I sought treatment for the flu, or diagnosis might have been delayed until more serious damage had occurred. My first myeloma symptoms--acute bone pain in lower ribs--didn't occur until a month after the diagnosis.

Comment from: Bud, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 09

My husband was diagnoised with stage 2 multiple myeloma two weeks ago. His protein level was 3,191 and should not be over 400. His creatine was 1.7, which is to high and that put him in stage 2. His hemaglobin is good. He had the biopsy and will be starting predisone and thalidomide. It was a real shock to us both.

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