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Symptoms of Multiple Myeloma

Symptoms of Multiple Myeloma

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Multiple Myeloma includes the 45 symptoms listed below:

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What You Need To Know About Multiple Myeloma: NCI (Excerpt)

Because people with multiple myeloma have an abnormally large number of identical plasma cells, they also have too much of one type of antibody. These myeloma cells and antibodies can cause a number of serious medical problems:

  • As myeloma cells increase in number, they damage and weaken bones, causing pain and sometimes fractures. Bone pain can make it difficult for patients to move.

  • When bones are damaged, calcium is released into the blood. This may lead to hypercalcemia -- too much calcium in the blood. Hypercalcemia can cause loss of appetite, nausea, thirst, fatigue, muscle weakness, restlessness, and confusion.

  • Myeloma cells prevent the bone marrow from forming normal plasma cells and other white blood cells that are important to the immune system. Patients may not be able to fight infection and disease.

  • The cancer cells also may prevent the growth of new red blood cells, causing anemia . Patients with anemia may feel unusually tired or weak.

  • Multiple myeloma patients may have serious problems with their kidneys . Excess antibody proteins and calcium can prevent the kidneys from filtering and cleaning the blood properly.

(Source: excerpt from What You Need To Know About Multiple Myeloma: NCI)

What You Need To Know About Multiple Myeloma: NCI (Excerpt)

Symptoms of multiple myeloma depend on how advanced the disease is. In the earliest stage of the disease, there may be no symptoms. When symptoms do occur, patients commonly have bone pain, often in the back or ribs. Patients also may have broken bones, weakness, fatigue, weight loss, or repeated infections. When the disease is advanced, symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, constipation, problems with urination, and weakness or numbness in the legs. These are not sure signs of multiple myeloma; they can be symptoms of other types of medical problems. A person should see a doctor if these symptoms occur. Only a doctor can determine what is causing a patient's symptoms. (Source: excerpt from What You Need To Know About Multiple Myeloma: NCI)

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