One man's experience with multiple myeloma

March 5, 2012

I met with my orthopedist, Manny.  He took an X-ray of my right shoulder and showed it to me.  Clearly there was a shadow at my distal right clavicle that ought not be there.  He said I needed more tests and he sent me for a total body Bone Scan and a CT of my right shoulder.  The idea behind the total body bone scan was to check on whether anything suspicious  appeared anywhere else.  The CT of the shoulder was to confirm the X-ray.  These were both scheduled for 3/9.

March 2, 2012

I had my next appointment with Neil and, of course a massage from Margot. I had complained to Margot that the pain in my shoulder seemed to creep up the side of my neck. She worked on a spot where the clavicle and shoulder blade meet to help widen the channel so the nerves within would be have more room and might be less irritated. Neil gave me the MRI report prepared by Mehul. I told him I had the appointment with the orthopedist on 3/5. My shoulder still hurt and my movement was quite restricted.

February 27, 2012

I got a call from Neil saying that he had the report from the MRI.  He said that the radiologist, Mehul, had detected a neoplasm at the outside end of my right clavicle.  It was reported as follows, in part: “The ovoid area measures 1.3 x 2.2 cm; etiology indeterminate. Bone neoplasm should be excluded.”  Of course there was no rotator cuff tear.  I told Neil I’d pick up the MRI report at my next visit on 3/2.  In the meantime, I spoke with a friend who recommend an orthopedist, Manny.  I called Manny and made an appointment for 3/5.

February 23, 2012

I had the MRI done on my shoulder.  It still hurt quite a lot and my movement was very restricted for my right arm.

February 21, 2012

I had my next chiropractic appointment with Neil and a massage from Margot first.  Again, I complained to Margot about my right shoulder – only now it was much worse.  I could not even pull a t-shirt over my head – my shoulder hurt whenever I moved my hand to the height of my shoulder or higher.  I thought I must have injured it somehow.  I discussed my shoulder with Neil who examined my capabilities to move my right arm.  He and I both agreed that I should have an MRI on the shoulder to rule out any possible rotator cuff tear or similar.  This was scheduled for 2/23.

February 6, 2012

I had my regular chiropractic appointment with Neil and before that a massage from Margot.  I complained to her about my right shoulder being sore and she worked on it and it felt much better.  I thought nothing more about it at the time.