As a multiple myeloma patient, you need support to alleviate the physical and emotional impact of living with this illness. The IMF encourages early use of supportive care measures, which are just as important as initiating therapy. This section covers care guidelines for managing mulitple myeloma complications and side effects from ongoing treatment of the disease.

Myeloma cells in excess numbers cause symptoms including:

  • Calcium elevation
  • Renal dysfunction
  • Anemia
  • Bone pain
  • Fatigue
  • Infections
  • Other symptoms 

Treatments for myeloma can cause symptoms including:

  • Myelosuppression
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Diarrhea
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Shingles
  • Other symptoms

To learn about each of these complications, explore the sidebar by scrolling up to the top of this page.

The International Myeloma Foundation medical and editorial content team

Comprised of leading medical researchers, hematologists, oncologists, oncology-certified nurses, medical editors, and medical journalists, our team has extensive knowledge of the multiple myeloma treatment and care landscape. Additionally, Dr. Brian G.M. Durie reviews and approves all medical content on this website.

Last Medical Review: August 1, 2019

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