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Fatty Tumors On Lower Back
I have a small jelly like lump in my lower back and it moves when I try to massage it bur never goes away can it be a tumor?
Get it checked: Just to be sure it is nothing bad, make sure and get it looked at by a doctor; but, more than likely, it is probably a lipoma. These are benign fatty masses, which occur as we age. It could also be an epidermal cyst (these are also caused sebaceous cysts). These are also benign. But, again, get someone to look at it. ...Read more
What should I do about my hamstrings? I had back surgery to remove a benign tumor in my lower back around two years ago. The tumor caused non-stop pain from my lower back to my ankles to the point where I was pretty much bedridden. This lasted for eight m
From the sounds of your description, the tumor that was removed had some involvement of the spinal cord or the nerves of the cauda equina descending from the cord. Your description of pain is consistent with a continued neurologic cause of the ongoing pain. This could be from post operative scar tissue about the nerves of the cauda equina or just residuals from damage caused by the original tumor.
The recommendations of your physical therapist appear correct, however, there can often be additional measures taken to improve your tolerance of the therapy activities.
My recommendation would be to engage the care of a physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation to best guide your recovery. Considerations would be for medications to calm the nerves or consider medications for muscle spasticity if indicated. ...Read more
I have pain on left lower back and left leg. I have numbness (2/10) on left leg for past 1 yeae. Sciatica? Or Sinal or any other tumor cancer? Worried
I have very severe back pain and I went to see a pa and she said it was a lipoma tumor. The lump on my lower back is mushy hard and causes a lot of pain up my back and it is hard to use the restroom now. I went back to see the pa andshe said it wasn't a li
See a real doctor: Very rarely are lipomas painful, you need to be properly evaluated ...Read more
What is the best way to treat lower back pain from sciatica due to a tumor in the lumbar area? On tarceva (erlotinib) for the cancer but how to stop the pain?
Get doctor advice: If your pain is due to metastatic cancer to the lumbar spine, radiation therapy should probably be administered. A combination of pain medications is often effective, and should include a narcotic analgesic and a non-steriodal anti-infllammatory agent. If the pain is radiating down your buttock and leg, addition of a medication for neuropathic pain could also be added. Please see your oncologist. ...Read more
Pain located in right lower back. Very slight tingly feeling in right hand and foot. No numbness or weakness. Spinal tumor?
L spine, CT scan came back normal, only have lower back pain. No uti, stones, etc. Would l spine show lower back tumor? Dr. Says l spine was normal?
Mass on the back of my neck, attached to R side of my spine. Had stat MRI. Have lower back pain-4 months, hip/leg pain. Does this sound like a tumor?
Moms been urinating every other hr small amt x1month, lower back pain, clean catch urine clear, noticed pink on toilet paper at times, sore groin, tumor?
Here are some. ..: One of your similar Qs was answered some 2 days ago. Now, bring the info on the onset, degree, duration, interval, evolution, and progress of the symptoms and their related discomforts over time to Doc for analysis + physical + tests as needed so to deduce possible Dx and provide reasonable Rx/care. Further online inquiry would not solve your mom's concerns. So, take actions timely. Best wish... ...Read more
Possible brain tumor when neuro test good blood tests good to rule out other diseases MRI spine good and constant hip lower back pain and leg weaknes?
Had l spine xray and CT scan for kidney stones, all clear. Low back pain. Would l spine xray have shown lower back tumor? No stones, uti, etc.
No: An x-ray of the lumbar spine would predominantly show only bone. In general, an x-ray is not a very sensitive test to detect the specific cause of back pain in most patients. Consider requesting an MRI which shows the bone, but also shows the nerves, discs, and other soft tissues of the back and is therefore much more sensitive than an x-ray. ...Read more
When is lower center back pain suspicious? Something serious like aneurysm, kidneys, cancer, tumor etc. As opposed to something more benign.
Nerve damage: Spinal cord by itself ends at the first lumbar vertebra, however, spinal nerves do travel in the vertebral canal all the way through the sacrum. A tumor pressing on the nerves may cause sensory loss, pain, muscle weakness, loss of bladder and bowel control. It would depend on the location, size and nature of the tumor. ...Read more
What to do if I have 2 tumors on back (lumbar and sacral regions about 1 inch apart). is it a bad sign that there are 2?
Possible lipomas: Two tumors in back region not uncommon. While malignant tumors for the most part are single especially in the back region, of tumors lipoma are frquently seen as well as sebaceous cytst. Both types are easily handled by excision at which time diagosis can be esta ...Read more
Yes: Some tumors will cause lower back pain. If I see a young person who is having new onset of back pain or if I see a middle aged person with no history of lower back pain with new onset back pain, I will search for potential tumors as a cause. Thankfully it is uncommon but something not to miss. ...Read more
I have a low back disc herniation from 4 yrs ago, pain has come back. Physiatrist " disc flare up". Possibility this is a spinal tumor?
Would the bladder function symptoms from a lumbar spinal deformity/lesion/tumor/etc wax and wane or stay constant?
Pain low back, left SI joint and in L hip 4mths. At times sciatica. Been to 3 Drs, physio & myotherapist. Scared tumor! Why haven't Refd for scan?
Not really: It is windowed to focus on the lumbar spine so you don't really appropriately visualize the colon on the lumbar spine mri. This particular study is not a good study at all to evaluate the colon. To properly evaluate the colon, ask your doctor to inform you on what study is needed to properly visualize the colon. ...Read more
What percentage of bladder tumors are cancerous? I am 55yrs, have a history of hematuria, a tumor in my bladder, and low back pain.
Could X-ray of low back show a spinal tumor? X-ray was done for follow up for a flare up of a herniated disc. Severe low back pain where herniation is
Only at later stage: X=ray is not a good screening tool for spinal tumor, as visualization of a radiolucent defect on x-rays requires a 50% destruction of the vertebral body. One typically notices a sign called "winking owl sign" on plain x-ray as a late presentation of spinal tumor. There are better ways of visualizing and diagnosing spinal tumors. X-rays are least preferred as it is not very sensitive. ...Read more
Would a lumbar mri show signs of ovarian or cervical tumors/cancer? Had one for back and it showed ovarian cysts (benign)
Can your tell if a tumor in the thecal sac at l-4 is a paraganglioma versus a peripheral nerve sheath tumor by lumbar spine MRI alone?
Not by imaging alone: There is no definitive way to determine pathological type tumor by neuroimaging alone. ...Read more
Mom has severe scoliosis, and dr noticed on l spine xray that my spine curves. Could this be causing my persistent low back pain? Hereditary? Tumor?
Had CT scan w/o contrast of kidneys to check for kidney stones and it came back normal. Would tumors and cysts also have shown up on the CT scan I had?
Yes but: Kidney tumors and cysts will show on a non-contast CT scan.However if there is a hyperdense cyst (due to hemorrhagic proteinaceous material in it) it cannot be distinguished from tumor without contrast. When contrast is given, a tumor will enhance (it will appear white)but a cyst will not enhance. I don't think you need to worry about tumor at age 33.Extremely rare. I'm glad you had no stones. ...Read more
Had CT scan for stones, came back clear. Low back pain. Nurse says low back wld not show on CT scan? Wld spinal tumor show up from CT of area? Confused
Would a tumor caused from lymphoma, e.G. Node, etc, show up on plain xray and ct? Low back pn, clear l spine xray and CT to look for kidney stones, etc.
Not XR: A x-ray would not be particularly helpful, unless it's a large tumor. Ct would be much better, and should be able to pick up enlarged lymph nodes. Watch out for contrast though. Kidney stone cts are done without IV contrast, but you will need contrast to look for tumor (at least much better at it). Talk to your doctor to make sure whether you are doing it with or without contrast. ...Read more
Does a MRI of the lumbar spine show any part of the hip or pelvis? I had an MRI of my knee last week and it shows and "incidental" finding of a tumor in my femur. I have been having decreased rom and pain of my right hip and knee for about 3 months. Hist
Lumbar MRI: To answer your question, no. Lumbar MRI will show from the lower thoracic spine (t10 or so) down to the sacrum and sacroiliac joints. This view window does not expand out far enough to see the hip joints at all. You would need a hip specific mri. Use of contrast on MRI may be useful to determine vascularity of "tumor" and whether further study is warranted. For sure, follow up with your doc. ...Read more
Can an upper and lower abdominal and pelvic CT find tumors in the kidneys, liver, and pancreas? Or any of those?
Yes: All of those organs are seen and evaluated for anatomical changes that may signal the cause of a patient's complaint. ...Read more
Yes: If over 5 - 10 mm, it would show up. ...Read more
I have spouts of high potassium like 8.7. I have had all test. No tumors in kidneys but my adrenocorticotopic was 174.1. Almost 3 times high. Help?
Possibly Addison's: Addison’s disease (chronic adrenal insufficiency, hypocortisolism, and hypoadrenalism) is a rare, chronic endocrine disorder in which the adrenal glands do not produce sufficient steroid hormones (glucocorticoids and often mineralocorticoids). Autoimmune disease is the primary cause of addison’s disease. Treatment involves replacing the absent hormones (hydrocortisone and fludrocortisoe). ...Read more
No tumor: Painful coccyx is known as coccydynia. Treatments for coccydynia are usually noninvasive and local. The first line of treatment typically includes: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs. When this fails local infiltration with kenalog (triamcinolone) 40 is usually effective. ...Read more
Would an MRI scan on the coccyx for tailbone pain show if there was some sort of tumor causing the pain?
'm just genuinely curious, but when people have parts of their body (tumors, cysts, legs, kidneys etc.) removed where do they go?
Pathology lab...: When people have tissues / cells removed from their bodies, these specimens are generally sent to a pathology laboratory where lab staff, technicians, and doctors (pathologists) study the tissues and cells (usually under microscopes) to help determine what is wrong with the tissues. The lab will determine if the process is an infection or a tumor and whether or not a tumor is benign or malignant. ...Read more
Had tumor removed from sacrum 14 months ago. Pain is so severe since op, I'm regularly on oxycontin. Now I'm having loose stool with blood.
Could a chest X-ray see if the were a tumor between the ribs or the upper part of kidneys adrenal glands or strictly just the lungs?
The chest x-ray: Cn be very useful in experienced hands, but it is being fossilized by those that make exclusive use of ct's. The kidney and adrenal are below the diaphragm, and are obscured by the liver on the right and heart and spleen on the left. It is remotely possible that a chest x-ray might see a mass below the diaphragm in the locations you inquired. ...Read more