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Can multiple myeloma be mistaken for arthritis?

Both multiple myeloma and arthritis can present with bone pain, which might lead to initial confusion in diagnosis. Arthritis is characterized by joint inflammation, while multiple myeloma affects the bone marrow leading to bone weakening and potential fractures. The nature, location and accompanying symptoms of the pain can provide clues; for instance, night pain might be more indicative of myeloma. Blood tests, imaging and clinical evaluations can differentiate between the two.

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