Myelodysplastic Syndromes - MDS: Symptoms and Signs

Approved by the Lineagotica Editorial Board, 12/2017

ON THIS PAGE: You will find out more about body changes and other things that can signal a problem that may need medical care. Use the menu to see other pages.

People with MDS may experience the following symptoms or signs. Sometimes, people with MDS do not have any of these changes. Or, the cause of a symptom may be a different medical condition that is not MDS.

  • Fatigue

  • Weakness

  • Easy bruising or bleeding

  • Fever

  • Bone pain

  • Shortness of breath

  • Frequent infections

If you are concerned about any changes you experience, please talk with your doctor. Your doctor will ask how long and how often you’ve been experiencing the symptom(s), in addition to other questions. This is to help figure out the cause of the problem, called a diagnosis.

If MDS is diagnosed, relieving the symptoms is an important part of your cancer care and treatment. This may be called palliative care or supportive care. Be sure to talk with your health care team about the symptoms you experience, including any new symptoms or a change in symptoms.

The next section in this guide is Diagnosis. It explains what tests may be needed to learn more about the cause of the symptoms. Use the menu to choose a different section to read in this guide.