What are the symptoms of leukaemia?

Symptoms of leukaemia. The symptoms vary, depending on the exact type of leukaemia you have and how advanced it is. You may have no symptoms in the early stages, especially if you have chronic leukaemia. Your symptoms may be mild at first and then get worse and you may feel as if you have flu. Many of the symptoms are vague, and can include:
• tiredness, breathlessness and pale skin (due to anaemia - a reduction in number of red blood cells)
fever (high temperature)
• infections that don't get better
• abnormal bruising or bleeding
• red or purple spots on your skin - called a petechial rash
• bone and joint pain (due to the pressure of a build-up of cells in your bone marrow)
• swollen lymph nodes (glands found throughout your body, including your neck, groin and under your arms, that are part of your immune system)
• feeling full or a tender lump on the left side of your tummy due to an enlarged spleen.
loss of appetite and weight loss
swollen gums, and occasionally, swollen testicles
• headaches and vision problems
• itchy skin
• very rarely, a painful erection that won't go away - this is called priapism


These symptoms aren't always caused by leukaemia but if you have them, see your doctor.
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