Saturday, April 3, 2010

Lytic lesion right femur

I have been offline for 12 days, here’s why.
Sunday 21st March 2010 I was out for an hours walk with Myra. After 5 minutes I started limping. 20 minutes later I had to stop for a rest then limped slowly back to the car. We drove home where the situation got better with pain relief and rest.
Next day while off to work in the bus I developed back spasms and more pain causing me to return home for pain relief and rest. Took the next day off. The following day no improvement so phoned daystay who said come in for an examination and x-rays.
The x-rays went to radiology and orthopaedics and later that day my good news/bad news came back.
Good news was we know what the problem is.
Bad news is we are transferring you to North Shore hospital immediately by ambulance.
My right thigh bone (femur) has a pathological lytic lesion in the bottom third about to fracture. Myeloma was eating it away from the inside out. There had been no prior warning, no pain at all. I was unaware of a lesion there, this was totally unexpected.
So I was hospitalised for an intramedullary reconstruction of the right femur. Full length rod and pins.
After the anaesthetic block wore off the leg became very painful. I am home now; pain is getting less though I am still weak and tired. Movement is returning to the leg so I am starting to get around on crutches.


John said...


I am sorry to hear this. Thank you, though, for posting. You remind those of us with MM that its insidious relationship with our bones is a great danger. I am glad you discovered the lesion before actually fracturing the femur. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

feresaknit said...

Snap! I have one of those too except I can't stop typing lytic. I'm just waiting to see if I need anything done before my stem cell transplant. Have a very Hoppy Easter! ;o)

Sandy said...

Glad to hear you are on the mend, Sid, and sorry this happened to you. As John said, and a good reminder for MM caregivers, any consistent pain should be attended to immediately - even if the patient wishes to dismiss it or wait. This is different for each MM individual, but still terrifically important, especially if the MM-afflicted person was once a competitive sports follower and was previously accustomed to "walking it off," or "stretching" through the pain... not a particularly good choice if bones could be at risk. Thanks for the news, mixed though it was and here's my Easter good wish for a speedy recovery!!par

Renee Kinney Metcalf said...

I am also a MM patient. I had my transplant in April, 2007 and I had my 3 year tests last week. Today I found out that, like you, I have a lytic lesion in my left femural bone and am at fracture risk. Thank you for your blog and other info posted. I kind of know now what I may be up against and I appreciate knowing.