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Can multiple myeloma cause degenerative disc disease?

Multiple myeloma doesn’t directly cause degenerative disc disease (DDD). DDD is a natural aging process where spinal discs lose hydration and elasticity over time, leading to reduced cushioning between vertebrae. However, multiple myeloma can weaken bones, increasing the risk of vertebral fractures, which could exacerbate or be mistaken for symptoms of DDD. It is essential to differentiate between pain or spinal changes due to myeloma and those from degenerative changes. Proper imaging and clinical evaluation can help pinpoint the cause of spinal symptoms and guide appropriate treatment.

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