The most common symptom of myeloma is bone pain. About 7 in 10 people (70%) have lower back or rib pain. Other bones may be affected too, such as the skull or pelvis.
Myeloma cells speed up the destruction of bone cells and slow down the production of new cells to replace them. This causes areas of bone to get weaker and sometimes fracture (break). It’s important to tell your doctors and nurses about any pain this causes so they can treat it.
Doctors and nurses who specialise in controlling pain and other cancer symptoms are sometimes called palliative care specialists. They are based in hospitals, hospices, palliative care units and pain clinics. They will work with your cancer team and your GP to make sure your pain is controlled. It is important to remember that cancer pain can almost always be reduced.
Your doctor or nurse will start with an assessment of your pain. You will have assessments throughout your treatment to make sure your pain is being controlled.
They will then talk to you about treatments such as:
- painkilling drugs to treat different types of pain
Your palliative care team may also talk to you about other therapies.