MANY people suffer from back pain and most of the time it is not a cause for concern.
You might feel uncomfortable if you’ve pulled a muscle or even slept in an awkward position.
However, one expert has warned that when it comes to pain, you should always trust your gut and see a doctor – as it could be a silent killer.
dr Sophie Castell explained that unexplained pain could be a sign of myeloma.
Blood cancer is often overlooked because the symptoms could be mistaken for everyday problems.
The Sun previously revealed a woman tragically died of blood cancer after initially experiencing symptoms including tiredness and exhaustion.
This week is myeloma awareness week and the charity Myeloma UK is urging the public to trust their instincts and see their GP if something doesn’t feel right.
dr Castell said: “Trust your gut. If you are unwell, have persistent and unexplained back pain, severe fatigue, or repeated infections that you just can’t shake, I would encourage you to see your GP.
“The symptoms of myeloma are vague and can often seem disjointed or appear at different times, which is when you think there’s more to it than ordinary fatigue, a muscle strain, or old age.
“If your symptoms just won’t go away – please continue or get a second opinion.
“It may take more than one appointment for your doctor to put the pieces of the puzzle together.”
Myeloma is treatable when caught early, but about one in four patients wait more than 10 months to be diagnosed.
Around 34 percent of patients visit their GP at least three times before receiving a diagnosis.
A simple blood test can detect the disease, and delays in treatment have been shown to have a huge impact on quality of life.
dr Castell said early diagnosis is crucial.
What is myeloma and what are the signs?
Myeloma is a cancer that starts in plasma cells, a type of white blood cell made in the bone marrow.
Plasma cells are part of your immune system.
Normal plasma cells produce antibodies, also called immunoglobulins, to fight infection.
In myeloma, the plasma cells become abnormal, multiply out of control, and release only one type of antibody known as a paraprotein, which has no useful function.
Unlike many types of cancer, myeloma does not exist as a lump or tumor.
Most complications arise from a buildup of abnormal plasma cells in the bone marrow.
Treatment often aims to control myeloma symptoms with a combination of drugs.
what are the signs
- bone pain
- broken bones
- compression of the spinal cord
- needles and pins
- repeated infections
- increased levels of calcium in the blood
- unusual bleeding
- thickened blood
- kidney problems
“Nevertheless, we know that half of all myeloma patients are diagnosed late, and by this time many have broken bones or spines, irreversible kidney damage, and other complications.
“This means that whatever treatments they end up receiving, their opportunities to live well are severely limited.”
The charity is urging people to come forward with symptoms after the condition was diagnosed during the coronavirus pandemic.
Data shows confirmed cases are down 13 per cent compared to pre-Covid expectations.
The experts say this means more than 500 fewer people will be diagnosed with the disease than would normally be expected.
and dr Castell said the situation is likely to get worse.
“Myeloma has already seen one of the biggest falls in diagnoses in England since the first lockdown and we fear this could lead to a surge in the number of people being diagnosed late and suffering serious complications,” she added.
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