2. Weak Bones
Bone marrow produces new cells that the body uses to replace mature cells that have done their duty in the body. Myeloma affects the bone marrow’s ability to generate new cells, dramatically reducing the health of your immune system. However, the cancer cells also prevent bone marrow from producing new bone and cartilage cells as well.
As a result of the lack of new bone cells, the skeletal system begins to turn to a fragile state. As the bones continue to thin, it exposes the skeleton to a higher risk of developing sudden skeletal and joint conditions, such as spondylosis – a structural disease that’s similar to osteoporosis.
A lack of new bone cells and thinning bones also exposes affected individuals to breaks and fractures. Being that there are no new cells to help heal the bones, damage to the skeletal system and joints may take an extended period to repair, and in some cases, bone bruises, breaks, and fractures don’t heal at all.