Multiple Myeloma: Symptoms
What are the symptoms of multiple myeloma?
Multiple myeloma often does not cause symptoms at first. In fact, sometimes it’s only found after an abnormal blood or urine test.
When the condition does cause symptoms, the specific symptoms can be due to different problems this type of cancer can cause.
Symptoms from bone tumors include:
Bone pain, especially in your back, ribs, hips, and skull
Broken bones (fractures)
Numbness or weakness if the tumors affect the bones in your spine. This is most often felt in your feet or legs.
Symptoms from too much calcium in your blood include:
Drowsiness or confusion
Loss of appetite
Symptoms from your bone marrow not making enough normal blood cells include:
Weakness, tiredness, or shortness of breath. This is from having too few red blood cells.
Frequent infections. This is due to having too few white blood cells.
Frequent bleeding or bruising. This is from having too few platelets.
Symptoms from having too many antibodies (M proteins) in your blood (hyperviscosity) include:
When to see your healthcare provider
Many of these symptoms can be caused by other health problems. But it is important to see your healthcare provider if you have these symptoms. Only a healthcare provider can tell if you have multiple myeloma.
March 21, 2017
Alteri, Rick, MD,Gersten, Todd, MD