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Too Much Calcium in the Blood
Multiple myeloma may cause calcium to leave the bones and enter the bloodstream. A high level of calcium in your blood can cause:
 
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Restlessness
  • Confusion
  • Tiredness
  • Weakness
  • Dehydration.
 
Drinking a lot of fluids and taking drugs to lower the calcium in the blood can be helpful.
 
Kidney Problems
Some patients with multiple myeloma will develop kidney problems. If kidney problems are severe, patients may need dialysis, which removes wastes from the blood. In some cases, people with serious kidney problems may need a kidney transplant.
 
Amyloidosis
Some people with multiple myeloma develop amyloidosis, which occurs when abnormal protein collects in tissues of the body. The buildup of protein can cause protein to build up in the heart, causing chest pain and swollen feet. Drugs are used to treat amyloidosis.
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