Exploring the Signs & Symptoms of Myelofibrosis
Each person experiences myelofibrosis differently, with varying symptoms and paths to diagnosis. In early stages, approximately one-third of people impacted by MF do not have symptoms of the disease.
These are not all of the signs and symptoms that people may experience. It is important to keep track of any new or worsening symptoms, and share those with your healthcare provider.
Having a low red blood cell count is called anemia. Your doctor may call it low hemoglobin. Anemia can cause symptoms like:
- Shortness of breath
Your spleen acts like a filter for your blood. Having an enlarged spleen is called splenomegaly. Splenomegaly can cause symptoms like:
- Abdominal discomfort
- Feeling full too quickly
- Pain under the left ribs
Low Platelet Count
Platelets are important to help your blood clot. Having a low platelet count is called thrombocytopenia. Thrombocytopenia can cause symptoms like:
- Bleeding easily
- Bruising easily
- Bleeding for a long time when cut
MF can cause different symptoms because it affects the body in many ways. Other symptoms of MF may include:
- Abdominal pain
- Difficulty sleeping
- Itchy skin (common in PV)
- Problems with concentration
- Weight loss
No matter what symptoms you experience, they can have a significant impact on your daily life. Understanding your symptoms is one way to chart your course with the disease while working with your healthcare provider.