Getting diagnosed

Symptoms of myeloma can be vague and could be due to other less serious conditions. So your GP will ask about your symptoms including what they are, when you get them and whether anything you do makes them better or worse. They will then decide whether to refer you to a specialist.

If you are diagnosed with myeloma, you will have further tests to find out how much the myeloma is affecting your body.

Seeing your GP

See your doctor if you have any of the possible signs and symptoms of myeloma.

Referral to a specialist

Find out when GPs refer people to see a specialist.


Find out why there is no screening programme for myeloma.

Tests for myeloma

To diagnose myeloma you usually have blood and urine tests first. Depending on the results of these you might have a bone marrow test, x-rays and scans.  

Last reviewed: 
20 Mar 2020
Next review due: 
20 Mar 2023
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