Cancer - Oncology

Symptoms of MDS

In the early stages of Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), many people do not notice any signs or symptoms of the disease. However, low blood counts can be an early warning sign. Your doctor should be able to discover this through a blood test, which should be part of your annual physical. Symptoms related to shortages of one or more types of blood cells can develop. Conditions and their symptoms include:

  • Too few red blood cells: Commonly called anemia, this can leave you feeling tired, dizzy, or weak. You may also have shortness of breath and pale skin.
  • Too few white blood cells: This can lead to frequent or severe infections.
  • Too few blood platelets: You may bruise easily or your bleeding may not stop easily. Some people have frequent or severe nosebleeds, or experience bleeding from the gums.

Other symptoms can include:

  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Bone pain
  • Loss of appetite

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should speak to your doctor. Many of these symptoms can be caused by something other than MDS, however it is important that you be checked out.