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Multiple Myeloma Signs and Symptoms

Multiply myeloma is a type of cancer of the white blood cells called the plasma cells. Plasma cells are present in your bone marrow, and are responsible for making proteins called antibodies to help the body fight infections. Multiple myeloma is generally thought to be incurable, but remissions are possible with specialized treatment. We have put together a list of common symptoms of multipe myeloma below.

Also, we have information on diagnosis, helpful books and valuable resources for patients.

The Signs and Symptoms of Multiple Myeloma are as follows:

The signs and symptoms of multiple myeloma vary greatly from person to person, depending on the organs that affected. The most common signs and symptoms of multiple myeloma are the following:

  • Bone pain
  • Bone pain in the back, ribs, pelvis and skull
  • Renal failure
  • Anemia
  • Abnormal proteins in the urine
  • Elevated calcium levels in the urine
  • Infections, such as pneumonia, sinusitis, kidney infections, bladder infections and skin infections
  • Neurological symptoms
  • Headaches
  • Confusion
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness or numbness in the legs
  • Bone fractures
  • If calcium levels are high: excessive thirst, excessive urination, loss of appetite, nausea, constipation



Diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma

A diagnosis of multiple myeloma may be suspected when a patient has unexplained anemia, kidney dysfunction, repeated infections and a high serum protein.

A diagnosis of multiple myeloma may be made based on the results of routine blood and urine tests, even before a person shows any signs and symptoms of the disease. Other tests may include imaging tests such as a CT scan, MRI, or PET scan of the bones, and a biopsy of the bone marrow.


Books For People With Signs and Symptoms of Multiple Myeloma

100 Questions and Answers About Myeloma (100 Questions & Answers about . . .)
James W. Huston
Multiple Myeloma: The Plain English Handbook for Patients and Care Givers
Robert, J Heller


Medifocus Guidebook on: Multiple Myeloma
Inc. Medifocus.com
My Bout with Multiple Myeloma
Dennis Dinger

Multiple Myeloma Resources

General Patient Resources

  • Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation

The MMRF is a nonprofit that works to accelerate the development of next-generation multiple myeloma treatments to extend the lives of patients and lead to a cure.

http://www.themmrf.org/

  • Medicine . net

Multiple myeloma symptoms include bone and rib pain, weight loss, fever and nausea. Read about causes, diagnosis, staging, treatment side effects and research information.

http://www.medicinenet.com/multiple_myeloma/article.htm

  • National Cancer Institute

Describes possible risks, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment for someone recently diagnosed with multiple myeloma.

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/wyntk/myeloma/page1

  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Learn more about Myeloma and Multiple Myeloma on this page. Get blood cancer information, facts and statistics, blood cancer treatment advice & more.

http://www.lls.org/diseaseinformation/myeloma/

  • International Myeloma Foundation

The International Myeloma Foundation is here to help healthcare professionals gain access to the most up to date research.

http://myeloma.org/Main.action

  • The Myeloma Beacon

The multiple myeloma forums at The Myeloma Beacon are an independent community of myeloma patients, caregivers, and others interested in multiple myeloma.

http://www.myelomabeacon.com/forum/

  • Daily Strength

Discuss Multiple Myeloma with others who understand what you’re going through.

http://www.dailystrength.org/c/Multiple-Myeloma/forum



Medical Resources

  • Pub Med Health

Reviews causes, incidence, risk factors, symptoms, treatment, prognosis and complications.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001609/

  • Mayo Clinic

Comprehensive overview covers symptoms and treatment of cancer of your plasma cells.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/multiple-myeloma/DS00415

  • Medline Plus

A service of the US National Library of Medicine.

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/multiplemyeloma.html