Rate This:8 Questions to Ask about the Early Warning Signs of Leukemia
Leukemia is a group of cancers that usually start in the bone marrow, and cause large amounts of abnormal white blood cells. These cells are nonfunctional, and can't perform like mature, healthy blood cells. These cells crowd out other normal cells in the bone marrow. The cause of leukemia isn't known, but it is believed that both environmental and inherited influences are involved. It's very important to recognize the symptoms and signs of leukemia, so that medical treatment can get started.8 Active Questions | Add a QuestionDeep bone pain is one of the earliest signs that a person has leukemia. The pain is caused when a person's bone marrow expands, caused by abnormal white blood cell buildup in the marrow. This pain can feel like a dull ache or a sharp spike, depending upon its location. Usually this pain occurs in the long bones of arms and legs.caused by abnormal white blood cell buildup in the marrow. This pain can feel like a dull ache or a sharp spike, depending upon its location.Usually this pain occurs in the long bones of arms and legs.Since leukemia causes lower platelet counts, it prevents blood from clotting, and can cause unexplained bleeding. Bruises can appear suddenly, in places where the patient has no memory of injuring or bumping themselves, on the stomach, back, hands and fingers, or even between the fingers. Unexplained bleeding gums, nose bleeds, and exceptionally long periods for women are also commonplace.Many people don't realize that a sign of acute leukemia is an unusual amount of long-lasting severe headaches. Sometimes the patient will remember that they've woken up with a headache, after experiencing a night of general achiness and night sweats. This could be caused by the restriction of blood flowing to the spinal cord and brain, in the same manner as migraines. Some people might even experiences seizures as well.Leukemia can cause crushing fatigue and anemia, which makes muscles weak and manifests as a complete lack of energy. If a person can't do normal tasks, and must sit down frequently, it might be a sign of leukemia. Other symptoms that might show up are an unusual paleness, and a balance problem.Some people will notice what appears to be a rash on their arms, chest, face, or back. They look like tiny purple and red spots, and frequently appear in clusters. These spots, or petechiae, are broken capillaries and blood vessels that occur because of low platelet count, and are one of the earliest signs that blood is failing to clot.Recurrent nosebleeds, excessive night sweating, easy bruising or bleeding, bone tenderness or pain, persistent weakness or fatigue, chills or fever, losing weight without dieting, severe infections, frequent infections, an enlarged spleen or liver, swollen lymph nodes, and petechiae, which are small red spots on the skin, are all early warning signs of leukemia.Because leukemia lessens the ability of the bone marrow to make healthy red and white blood platelets and cells, it reduces the ability of the body to respond correctly to infection, and that can cause swollen lymph nodes and glands. Unusual painless bumps can appear in unusual locations, like the groin, underarm area, stomach, or neck. These lumps could have a purplish or bluish color, and usually last for more than a week, distinguishing them from lumps occurring with less serious infections.General feelings of weakness or feeling sick, frequent infections in the throat, mouth, lungs, bladder or urinary tract, on the skin, or in the area surrounding the anus, abnormal bruising, unexplained fevers, enlarged lymph nodes, joint and bone pain, headaches, and abdominal discomfort.