Multiple Myeloma: Preparing For Your First Appointment

female doctor male patientIf you’ve been diagnosed with multiple myeloma (MM), or if your current care provider thinks you should be tested for it, you’ll likely be referred to either a hematologist or an oncologist. But, before you make that phone call to schedule your follow up, it never hurts to come prepared. Here are a few pointers to help you get ready for that first appointment.

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Keep a detailed diary of your symptoms.

It’s important to keep track of any signs and symptoms you may be experiencing as it gives your doctor greater insight into what’s been going on. You’ll also want to write down how long you’ve been experiencing these symptoms and whether they’ve changed over time. Some specific symptoms you should look out for? Bone pain, nausea, loss of appetite, weight loss, and fatigue, just to name a few.

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