Anyone suffering from unexplained backache should be urged to seek immediate help.

Many people experience back pain. It’s not something to worry about.

If you have pulled a muscle, or slept in an uncomfortable position, you might feel discomfort.


Many people experience back pain from time to time, but one expert warns that it could indicate something more serious.Credit: Getty

One expert said that it is important to trust your gut instincts when it comes to pain. He also advised that you seek medical attention as it may be a silent killer.

Dr Sophie Castell explained that unexplained aches could be a sign of myeloma.

It is easy to overlook the signs of blood cancer.

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This week is myeloma awareness and charity week Myeloma UK is urging the public to trust their instincts and to go to their GP if something doesn’t feel right.

Dr Castell said: “Trust your gut. If you’re not feeling yourself, have persistent and unexplained back pain, severe fatigue or repeated infections you simply can’t shake, I would encourage you to visit your GP.

“The symptoms of myeloma are vague and can often seem unrelated or appear at different times, so if you think there’s more to it than run-of-the-mill tiredness, a pulled muscle or old age.

“If your symptoms just aren’t going away – please keep pushing or ask for a second opinion.

“It might take more than one appointment for your doctor to put the pieces of the puzzle together.”

Myeloma can be treated if detected early, but approximately one-fourth of patients waits more than 10 years for a diagnosis.

34% of patients visit their GP at most three times before they receive a diagnosis.

A simple blood test is all that is required to diagnose the disease. Delays in treatment can have an enormous impact on your quality of life.

Dr Castell believes that early diagnosis and treatment are crucial.

What is myeloma? And what are its signs?

Myeloma, which refers to cancer of the plasma cells and a type if white blood cells that is found in the bone marrow, is an example of a cancer that starts in the plasma cells.

Your immune system includes plasma cells.

Normal plasma cells make antibodies, also known as immunoglobulins to fight infection.

Myeloma occurs when plasma cells become abnormal and multiply uncontrollably. Paraprotein is the only type of antibody that is released. It has no useful function.

Myeloma is not a cancer that can be treated as a lump.

The majority of complications are caused by abnormal plasma cells that build up in the bone marrow.

Myeloma is treated with a combination drug regimen.

What are the signs of a problem?

  • Bone pain
  • bone fractures
  • Compression of the spinal canal
  • Pins and needles
  • Nuumbness
  • anaemia
  • Multiple infections
  • Increasing blood calcium levels
  • unusual bleeding
  • Thickened blood
  • kidney problems

“But we know that half the myeloma cases are not diagnosed until later in life, so many of these patients have broken bones, spines and other complications.

“This means their potential to live well is severely restricted, no matter what treatments they end up receiving.”

After being diagnosed with the condition during the coronavirus pandemic, the charity is asking people to report symptoms.

Data showed that confirmed cases fell by 13% compared to pre-Covid expectations.

Experts believe this means that more than 500 people will be diagnosed with the disease than is normal.

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Dr Castell stated that the situation will only get worse.

“Already, myeloma has seen one of the biggest drops in diagnoses in England since the first lockdown and we are worried that this could lead to a rise in the number of people who are diagnosed late and experience severe complications,”She continued.

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