Symptoms of myeloma include bone pain, feeling very tired and getting different infections.

Symptoms of myeloma can include:

  • constant bone pain in one area (such as in the back, ribs, hip or pelvis)
  • having different infections, one after another, that need antibiotics to treat them
  • feeling extremely tired
  • tingling or numbness in hands or feet.

These symptoms can be caused by other conditions. But if you have any of these symptoms it is important to get them checked by your GP.

In some people myeloma may not cause any symptoms in the beginning. But they develop over time. This is called smouldering myeloma.

Other people are diagnosed with myeloma after being admitted to hospital with more severe symptoms.

Myeloma may also cause symptoms because it has damaged the bones. Bone damage can cause high levels of calcium in the blood (hypercalcaemia). We have more about this in our information about bone problems and myeloma.

Myeloma may also cause symptoms if the kidneys are affected. We have more about symptoms of kidney problems in our information about managing symptoms and complications of myeloma.

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