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A 23-year-old female asked:

My mom (age 45) gets widespread, persistent body pain since 1 year. sharp pain in upper back & pain in knees, ribcage. no period in months. blood tests show slight calcium & vitamin d deficiency. chest x-ray clear. is this descriptive of a cancer?

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Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Your mother’s symptoms are not specific of a certain disease, but rather seen in many conditions, including, but not limited to metabolic disorders, chronic infections, malignancies or cancers in no specific order. She will need tight follow up with her treating doc as sometimes diagnoses are difficult to formulate. A specialist may be needed once her doc gets some leads.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. Her symptoms may be a manifestation of menopause and hormone replacement therapy may be worth a try. It would be prudent to see a doctor, preferably a gynecologist. Wish you and your mother good health!

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