My sister who is 43 was walking through WalMart when her back suddenly began to hurt. She went to the hospital and had an x-ray done which showed "two to three impressive lytic lesions" in her lower back. She has had further x-rays of her arms and legs, a 24-hour urine test, chest x-ray, mammogram, kidney ultrasound, cell smear, etc. The x-rays of her arms and legs are fine and the 24-hour urine test was fine except for elevated levels of protein. It is taking an unbearable amount of time to get any other test results back - especially the cell smear (it has been over 2 weeks). Is there a reason these tests take so long to get back (i.e. needing to observe the tests for a period of growth)? Is there any particular cancer that would cause lytic lesions in the back . . . or can any/all cancer cause this. The urine test came up negative (multiple myeloma). Can anyone recommend a doctor in Okanogen County (Omak) in Washington State as her doctor has never dealt with anything like this before (his nurse's words). She has been to have an MRI twice now but her doctor did not schedule it properly (she needs an open MRI). She will be driving AGAIN to Spokane (3 hours each way) to try again. Also, is there any treatment for the pain? She is in SO much pain and can not sleep at night. She is taking Oxycodone with a sleeping pill at night and the pain is still unbearable for her. Is there anything else that will help? I appreciate any input/information.