Myeloma can be diagnosed in different ways. Some people will first see a family doctor (GP) about symptoms such as pain, tiredness or infections. The GP will examine them and arrange for some blood tests or x-rays. The GP can then make a referral to a specialist at the hospital for more tests and treatment if necessary.
Other people are diagnosed with myeloma after being admitted to hospital with more severe symptoms such as spinal cord compression or kidney problems.
At the hospital
You’ll usually see a doctor called a haematologist, who specialises in conditions of the blood. They will ask about your general health and any previous medical problems. They will then examine you and arrange more tests, including:
- blood tests
- urine tests
- a bone marrow biopsy
- x-rays of your bones.