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I was recently rushed into hospital with pains in the back (under my right shoulder blade) and difficulty breathing. I’d had a low level nagging back ache for a week or so then it got a lot worse to the point that if I took a deep breath my back would spasm and thus I could only take shallow breaths.
It turned out to be a chest infection coupled with my pre-existing AF not being adequately controlled (resting heart rate too high). The hospital did a whole range of test on me and after suitable medication I was very soon back to normal. However, as a result of the tests they think I have a fractured vertebra (T5) near a pre-existing hemangioma which I've had for years.
Now I’ve not been in a situation to cause a fractured vertebra, I’ve only just recently had a major heart op so I’ve been taking it very easy. So they’ve sent off some blood samples for myeloma screening. I’m not sure why they thought that was a good idea, the back pain and the "fracture" I guess.
I’ve still got a bit of back pain but it depends on the time of day (worse as the day goes by) and what I’m doing physically (lots of bending is not good). It’s not major but it’s enough to warrant co-codomol.
I’ve not had the results of the myeloma screening yet so I don’t know if I have myeloma or not. Obviously I’ve started to do a bit of research and I find it’s a terminal disease in most cases.
This is freaking me out somewhat!
If there’s anyone out there who has any experience of this I would be very glad to hear of your thoughts/experience.
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