Myeloma bone disease Infoguide
This Infoguide contains information about bone disease in myeloma, including what it is, what are the possible complications, and how it is detected and treated. It also contains useful information on managing mobility problems and pain associated with myeloma bone disease.
This Infoguide covers key questions and topics about myeloma bone disease, including:
- What is myeloma bone disease and what are the possible complications?
- Imaging tests to detect and monitor myeloma bone disease
- Treatments for myeloma bone disease and their potential side effects
- Managing pain and problems with mobility associated with myeloma bone disease
- Top 10 tips for living with myeloma bone disease
Key points you can read about in this Infoguide include:
- Myeloma bone disease is the most common feature of myeloma
- In myeloma, the myeloma cells in the bone marrow affect the surrounding bone, which leads to weaker bones that are more susceptible to fracture
- Imaging tests such as X-rays, MRI scans and CT scans are used to detect and monitor myeloma bone disease
- Myeloma bone disease can cause a number of complications, including pathological bone fractures, pain and collapsed vertebrae
- A collapsed vertebra can put pressure on the spinal cord. This is called spinal cord compression and is a medical emergency which needs urgent treatment
- Bisphosphonates are the main treatment for myeloma bone disease. Bisphosphonates act to prevent or slow bone breakdown, reduce pain and reduce the risk of pathological fractures
- It is important you tell your healthcare team of any pain you have so the best approach to managing your pain can be devised
- If myeloma bone disease is causing problems with your mobility, there is support available to help you manage
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