Sometimes, bone metastasis causes no signs and symptoms.
When it does occur, signs and symptoms of bone metastasis include:
- Bone pain
- Broken bones
- Urinary incontinence
- Bowel incontinence
- Weakness in the legs or arms
- High levels of calcium in the blood (hypercalcemia), which can cause nausea, vomiting, constipation and confusion
When to see a doctor
If you experience persistent signs and symptoms that worry you, make an appointment with your doctor.
If you've been treated for cancer in the past, tell your doctor about your medical history and that you're concerned about your signs and symptoms.
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