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Cancers That Cause Back Pain
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Esophageal cancer: Can cause back pain particularly if the cancer has invaded through the wall of the esophagus into surrounding nerves or chest wall muscles or bone. This is an ominous sign and should be investigated right away. Spread to bones can also occur through the blood stream, and indicates metastatic disease and not just local spread. ...Read more
Nerve root relief: Back pain associated with pancreatic cancer is due to compression by the tumor on the celiac plexus nerves that run along the spine. Leaning forward could theoretically cause pain relief by opening the disk spaces and relieving the tension off of the celiac plexus. Leanin forward will also allow the pancreas to fall forward, thus relieving pressure off of the nerves that transmit the pain. ...Read more
No: Probably it could be muscle or spaine, see your doctor to have evaluation and CT. ...Read more
Can lung cancer cause back pain? My MRI of upper back is ok. Ct chest clear. Am obese and heavy chested? Pain almost one year now
How would lung cancer or breast cancer cause upper back pain? I have had CT chest ok/ MRI throactic no contrast ok. Missed cancer?
Very unlikely: Those two exams should be very good at ruling out tumor in the spine. Consider seeing a physical medicine specialist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
No in general unless: It has spread to bones in those areas. Please consult a doctor for more specific advice. ...Read more
How do I know the difference between back pain caused by cancer or just regular spinal/ lower back soreness?
X ray: Back pain from cancer is due to metastatic disease. If there are no symptoms of malignancy then rare to have spread. Common lesions are lung in the male as well as prostate in the older male. Other lesions usually advanced with the primary causing symptoms. When questioned by a physician dx established by showing lytic lesions expanding vertebrae as seen on MRI. ...Read more
Could you have cancer on tail of pancreas with just ab and back pain or would it have to affect other organs to cause pain?
It varies a lot: Any persistent abdominal or back pain raises a question about Pancreatic Cancer in the middle aged folks. It does not have to spread outside of the pancreas in order to cause pain. I hope that answers your question. But a check up is a must if the pain lasts for more than 2 to 3 weeks. ...Read more
Is that true? In rare cases, upper and middle back pain may be caused by other problems, such as gallbladder disease, cancer, or an infection?
Yes: Pain in many body areas can affect other areas which is seen in gallbladder, pancreatic, kidney and heart disease as well as many others. ...Read more
Other than esophageal cancer, what could cause worsening dysphagia +globus+ back pain w/swallowing +hoarser voice? Going on, increasing over a month.
Gastroesophageal ref: Gastroesophageal reflux causes all of that and needs to be evaluated and gotten under control. General measures include PPI medication (Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid, (lansoprazole) etc), decreased caffeine/alcohol, no eating within 2 hours of bedtime, smaller meals with snacks in between and elevation of the head of the bed. You should see a gastroentrologist. ...Read more
What are the chances that mid-back pain when you sit and move certain ways is lung cancer? Or does Cancer cause dull constant pain, not just when sit?
Very, very low: Dx of lung cancer is rarely if ever based on a back pain presentation. Stop worrying yourself about that. Do consider an exam to determine the problem - but expect it to be muscular or weight related. Whatever it is, try to follow tx recommendations. If you smoke - cut down or quit and ask the Dr for ways to evaluate your lung health. It's a good way to start the New Year - living healthily! . ...Read more
Sudden excruiating lower back pain that travels to entire abdomen? I'm 23 female kidneys were checked earlier this year and were good I do have cyst in numerous places I have family history of cancer I learned that applying heat causes pain to go away fast
Does having cancer of the uterus or cervix cause burning in vagina and low back pain? Thank you....
Can mid back pain specially under right shoulder blade pain (dull ache) cause chest discomfort? Right lung cancer?
I have this horrible back pain and I'm afraid it might have to do with some type of cancer... I need help?
Muscle pain likely: Most back pain in young active males is from muscle strain. Why do you think it's cancer? Does someone close to you have cancer or has recently died'? A good exam from your doctor (or urgent care if you don't have a doc) can reassure you. Tell them why you are concerned and give a good history of your pain. Tell them if there is a family history of cancer. ...Read more
An online website says that back pain is a major symptom of cancer. Some adults over the age of 55 have some degree of pain. Do they all have cancer?
No: Often there are a constellation of symptoms present for particular medical conditions. ...Read more
Many causes: There are many causes of back pain, from a lumbar strain to disc disruption, arthritis in the spine (quite common), menstrual cramps, abdominal aneurysm, muscle imbalances, poor posture, compression fracture, kidney stones, and yes, cancer. Cancer is not a common cause of back pain, but it can occur. See your doctor to get thngs checked out. ...Read more