Multiple Myeloma Signs & Symptoms: Bone Pain & More
Multiple myeloma is a blood cancer that can be difficult to detect early on, with symptoms such as pain, weakness, and numbness or tingling. The disease can cause kidney damage and complications over time, so the earlier it’s detected, the better.
What were your first symptoms of multiple myeloma?
When signs and symptoms do appear, they may include the following:
- Loss of appetite.
- Mental fogginess or confusion.
- Frequent infections.
- Weight loss.
What kind of pain is associated with multiple myeloma?
Myeloma or its treatments can damage your nerves, resulting in peripheral neuropathy, which causes tingling, numbness, and occasionally a sharp burning or jabbing pain in various body parts.
How do I know if its bone pain or muscle pain?
Bone pain, on the other hand, feels sharper, deeper, and more debilitating than muscle pain, and it may last longer and necessitate more medical attention. Muscle pain, on the other hand, feels more “generalized,” and its exact location is difficult to pinpoint.
Does myeloma cause leg pain?
Myeloma proteins can be toxic to your nerves, resulting in a condition known as peripheral neuropathy, which causes a pins-and-needles sensation in your legs and feet.
Is Myeloma bone pain constant?
Multiple myeloma can cause pain in the affected bones, which are usually the back, ribs, or hips. The pain is usually a dull ache that gets worse with movement.
When should you suspect multiple myeloma?
19 If one or more red flags (Table 1) are present, multiple myeloma should be considered as a diagnosis in patients over 50 years old who have had back pain for more than one month.
What helps bone pain with multiple myeloma?
To control myeloma pain, MSK doctors may use radiation therapy or surgery. Radiation therapy can relieve pain by shrinking tumors that are growing toward nerves and pressing on them. Fractures caused by weakened bones are usually treated with surgery, with surgeons inserting plates and rods to support fragile bones.
What is the longest survival rate for myeloma?
Multiple myeloma is the most common type, accounting for 90 percent of cases, according to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Myeloma is the 14th most common cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program (SEER).
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How do myeloma patients die?
Infection is the leading cause of death in people with multiple myeloma, with pneumonia being the most common fatal infection. Other common causes of death include bleeding (due to low platelet counts), bone fracture complications, kidney failure, and blood clots in the lungs.
When should I be concerned about bone pain?
If your bone pain is accompanied by weight loss, a decreased appetite, or general fatigue, you should see a doctor. If your bone pain is the result of an injury, you should also see a doctor. Medical treatment is required for fractures caused by direct trauma to the bone.
Why is bone pain worse at night?
Why Does Pain Seem to Get Worse at Night? It could be because levels of the anti-inflammatory hormone cortisol are naturally lower at night, or because staying in one position causes joints to stiffen.
Why does my body ache and I feel tired all the time?
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a condition that makes you feel exhausted and weak no matter how much rest or sleep you get, and it frequently causes insomnia. CFS can also cause muscle and joint aches throughout your body because your body doesn’t feel rested or replenished.
What are the symptoms of dying from myeloma?
The following are some of the most common signs and symptoms:
- Bone pain.
- Loss of appetite.
- Loss of weight.
- Pathological fractures (bone fractures without a trauma history)
Does myeloma show up in blood work?
Blood and urine tests may be used to diagnose multiple myeloma. Myeloma cells frequently secrete the antibody monoclonal immunoglobulin, also known as M protein, which is measured in a patient’s blood and urine to determine the extent of the disease and monitor treatment effectiveness.
Can you live 20 years with multiple myeloma?
When I was first diagnosed, the average survival time for a person with dialysis-dependent kidney failure was only three months, and the average survival time for myeloma patients was about three years.