Noticing symptoms


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Cancers and other diseases can cause symptoms. These are changes in your body that you notice. Examples of symptoms are having a cough, a pain or a lump.  

Symptoms can be caused by many illnesses, not just cancer, but it is always best to have them checked out by a GP. 

What you need to know

Symptoms of myeloma

You can’t see inside your body but you can be aware of what it looks and feels like normally. If you notice any changes see your GP and tell them what you have noticed.

Symptoms can seem minor but they should not be ignored, especially if they have been present for a while. 

Symptoms of myeloma can include:

  • bone pain
  • bone fractures
  • tiredness
  • thirst
  • constipation
  • confusion
  • repeated infections
  • kidney problems
  • shortness of breath and increased heart rate
  • dizziness
  • easy bruising or bleeding
  • headaches.
These symptoms can be caused by other illnesses. However, it is always best to let your doctor know about any symptoms you have. 
Cancers that are diagnosed early can be easier to treat.

Next steps

What to do if you have symptoms

If you have symptoms that you are worried about, even if they seem minor, you should go to see a GP. Don't be embarrassed to bring up your concerns. 

Remember, cancers that are found earlier can be easier to treat.

Where to get help

There are people you can talk to for more information or support.

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