In some cases, people can have Waldenström's macroglobulinemia for years without showing any symptoms. When signs appear, most are caused by low blood counts or thickened blood. Symptoms vary from person to person and may include:
- Stroke-like symptoms: Confusion, loss of coordination, dizziness
- Vision problems
- Excessive bleeding, nosebleeds, bleeding gums
- Unexplained weight loss, loss of appetite
- Heavy night sweats
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Swollen abdomen (belly)
- Frequent infections
- “Pins and needles” feeling or numbness in feet and legs
These symptoms do not always mean you have Waldenström's macroglobulinemia. However, it is important to discuss any symptoms with your doctor, since they may also signal other health problems.
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