I Had A Setback

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist
March 11, 2019 [printfriendly]



Although I have been doing extremely well with my bone marrow cancer, I had a setback the other day. I had to go to the emergency room because of severe lower back pain. As you know, I don’t do pain well.


My initial thought was I pulled a muscle somehow, and the resulting inflammation was the source of the pain. I was wrong.



The ER

I contacted my “on call” physician at 3AM on Thursday morning before going to the ER. He gave the hospital a “heads up” about my condition as I was getting ready to go. My wife drove me, and the hospital staff greeted me with a wheelchair. The ER doc was great. After taking some vitals, the nurse placed an IV catheter in my arm. The IV meds took care of the pain – finally!



CT Scan

The hospital personnel ushered me into radiology for a CT Scan. After 30 minutes, the results were available. I had an acute compression fracture of L3.



Surgery With Diagnostic Radiologist

The diagnostic radiologist at the hospital conferred with my oncologist about the fracture of L3. They decided that a kyphoplasty[1] of L3 would be the best choice of immediate treatment. The purpose of this procedure was to surgically seal the fracture to relieve the pain.



I Knew What I Was Getting Into

I quickly learned what I was getting into after I was diagnosed with IgA Kappa Light Chain Multiple Myeloma in September 2018. This bone marrow cancer had already caused “innumerable lytic lesions” in my skeleton at the time of my diagnosis. My bones were fragile, and fractures would be one of my major concerns moving forward.


Most of those who have followed my Blogs know that quality of life is my overriding goal. My choice to mend my body has been an integrated approach emphasizing alternative modes of treatment as I have described in various previous writings. My success up until this current setback has been impressive.


Right now, pain management is my immediate concern. My next priority is to strengthen my skeleton.



Change In My Protocol

My radiation oncologist will determine if isolated radiation in the lumbar region will reduce my pain. If she suggests this procedure, I will start ASAP.


Also, I will increase my efforts to remineralize my bone. I will continue with my current Protocol, but I will add other specific supplements for bone strength.


I will get through this and will continue my awesome journey.



For Your Information

Since my diagnosis, I have been publishing blogs where I describe my continuous journey to deal with this challenge coursing through my bone marrow. Here is a succession of links to my published articles about my personal battle with multiple myeloma:

My Mortality

I Have Aggressive Multiple Myeloma

My Bucket List

My Health Plan to Fight Multiple Myeloma

PEMF & My Multiple Myeloma

Quality Life With Dignity

Multiple Myeloma: My Unconventional Fight

How Did I Contract Multiple Myeloma?

The Fight of My Life

I am Open-Minded, But…

It’s Not About Me

I’m Grateful for Life – 6 Personal Thoughts

My Mind is Abuzz: Dreams, Meditation, Depression

I’m Thriving – My 3 Cancer Killers

A Bizarre Thing Happened – Appointment with Oncologist


[1] https://www.webmd.com/osteoporosis/qa/what-is-kyphoplasty-and-how-is-it-used-to-treat-spinal-compression-fractures



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  1. Hang in there, Dr. I know perfect healing for you and peace for your family.

  2. Have u tried IV Vitamin C?


  4. I’m so sorry to hear you had a setback… Continuing to pray for you… Hope the procedure goes well and relieves your pain!

  5. Hi Dr. Danenberg. I work with your amazing son Mike at Performance Therapy and have been praying for you. I help with our email newsletter and I always enjoy reading your recipe blog and linking to it. Your courageous fight and constant search for the latest research is inspiring. I see much of your intelllectual curiosity and search for knowledge in your son. Keep up the fight and know there are people in Charlotte rooting for and praying for you and your family. And thank you for sharing your story and your knowledge. You are a gifted writer and communicator.

  6. Prays for healing on your journey to enlighten the world.

  7. I dearly hope this will be your only setback, Dr. Danenberg.

    It’s probably not necessary, but just in case – I wanted to mention MAGNESIUM for your bones. Also, Dr. Stephanie Seneff of MIT (who has been studying glyphosate, which is in Roundup and now most other herbicides) has a brand new YouTube video of an interview on Feb. 5 of this year, titled “Breaking News on Glyphosate” in which she mentions the ramifications of this contaminant in regards to BONE MARROW. Blessings to you.

  8. Just a setback. You will get to the other side of this and continue to heal. Thank you for sharing your story.

  9. You are amazing and continue to inspire me. I’m sorry you’ve had a bump in the road and know that you’re taking it in stride. It’s just a bump.

    Here’s a song I like to sing out loud to help me heal. Since your brain cannot distinguish reality from imagination, imagining yourself healing may help you actually heal. There’s a reason placebos work.

    Enjoy your day. Enjoy your life. Sing this cute little song.


  10. Have you described your bone remineralization protocol in a previous post? If not, could you describe it? There is a strong history of osteoporosis in my family. I have been following your journey with interest. You are giving many people hope. Keep up the good work.

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