Managing Multiple Myeloma Pain Caregiver Strategies

Much of caregiving involves managing myeloma symptoms, including pain. Although watching loved ones suffer with chronic pain is difficult, you can manage multiple myeloma pain and improve their quality of life.

Myeloma and Pain: Recognizing the Signs

Sometimes people don’t tell their caregivers about their multiple myeloma pain because they believe that nothing can be done to relieve it. Common signs of multiple myeloma pain include:

  • Decreased appetite
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Loss of interest in pleasurable activities
  • Staying in bed all day to avoid movement
  • Wincing when moving.

Types of Multiple Myeloma Pain

Multiple myeloma pain is the result of bone pain, nerve damage and/or peripheral neuropathy. Bone pain is caused by bone lesions produced by myeloma tumors, and nerve damage occurs when large tumors put pressure on nerve endings.

Peripheral neuropathy is not one of the multiple myeloma symptoms, but is a side effect of myeloma drugs such as thalidomide and bortezomib (Velcade