Multiple Myeloma: Symptoms & Diagnosis
Updated: Jul 17, 2020
Common symptoms of multiple myeloma include:
Frequent infections due to a weakened immune system (a person with myeloma is referred to as being immunocompromised)
Bone pain (often in the back, ribs, and hips)
Weakness due to anemia
The diagnosis of multiple myeloma is suspected by finding an elevated amount of certain antibodies in the blood and urine. A bone marrow biopsy and a bone marrow aspirate (using a needle for biopsy and a syringe to aspirate a small amount of bone marrow blood) are performed to confirm the diagnosis.