Before I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, I experienced frequent sinus headaches due to recurring
sinus infections. I also had a kidney stone that caused a lot of pain. Had it been caught and
analyzed, I might have been diagnosed sooner, but I passed it without retrieval. What finally got me
diagnosed was when my spine started collapsing. While carrying a canoe on my shoulders, I stepped
into a depression. The additional thrust on my spine caused a 60% compression fracture of my L2
vertebrae. Still, it was 3 months before lab tests ordered by my orthopedist resulted in my diagnosis
with stage 3 multiple myeloma in 1998.

– Harold A.

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