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Carmen’s Story

Carmen always made an effort to stay fit and healthy by eating well and going to the gym. However, after a year of pain and extreme fatigue, Carmen was diagnosed with myeloma at age 54.

Carmen wasn’t diagnosed straight away, and it took several visits to her GP before she received her diagnosis. By this stage, 95% of her bone marrow was populated with myeloma.

This Myeloma Awareness Week, Carmen wants to highlight the importance of early diagnosis.

Signs, symptoms and early diagnosis

We are working to reduce time to diagnosis and striving to increase awareness of the early signs and symptoms of myeloma.

Myeloma can affect your body in many different ways. The common symptoms include:

  • Persistent pain particularly the back, rib cage, or hips
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Recurring infections
  • Nosebleeds and abnormal bruising

Read more about the symptoms and complications of myeloma.

Can you help us #ShoutAboutMyeloma this Awareness Week?