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Symptoms

The symptoms caused by amyloidosis depend on the extent of the damage done by the protein deposits, and which body organs are affected. Symptoms can include:

  • Fatigue

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Chronic diarrhea, constipation or excessive gas

  • Vomiting

  • Blood in the stool, which may look red or black like coffee grounds

  • Weight loss

  • Muscle weakness

  • Joint pain

  • An enlarged tongue

  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing

  • Rash

  • Memory problems

  • Nerve pain or numbness

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