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How Can Multiple Myeloma Affect You?

Multiple myeloma is not always easy to diagnose. There is no one test that can be performed. Instead, doctors consider many things, like symptoms you may be feeling and the results from a variety of tests.

Sometimes multiple myeloma can cause:

  • Anemia, a condition that causes too few oxygen-carrying cells in the blood

  • Dull or deep aches and pains

  • Bone pain or fractures

  • Frequent infections or fevers

  • Extreme tiredness or fatigue

  • Itching and leg swelling

Areas of the body that can be affected by multiple myeloma

On their own, many of these symptoms might not seem like cause for alarm. This can make multiple myeloma tricky to diagnose.

But if you start to experience a symptom that just won’t go away, or when symptoms like deep aches and pains appear at the same time as other conditions, like anemia, it should cause your doctor to perform more testing.

Unfortunately, these relatively common symptoms may be overlooked, even when they happen together. This issue is especially common among African Americans. This means it might take a long time to figure out what’s going on, and finally find out it’s multiple myeloma.

If you suspect there is something really wrong going on with you or someone you love, do not be silent. Talk with your care team right away.

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