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Doctor insights on: Fatty Tumors On Lower Back

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What's a small fatty tumor on the lower back?

What's a small fatty tumor on the lower back?

Lipoma: Likely a lipoma - a benign fatty tumor. However, if you have rapid growth, skin changes or more symptoms of concern - get checked out to be safe. Some soft tissue cancer can start by looking innocent. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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

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: 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

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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 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

Maybe sciatica?: You need to be seen by a doc in the flesh who will get a thorough history from U and do a complete physical exam. Based on those he/she may get an MRI. Then you will discuss therapy. ...Read more

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Could transvag US, spinal x-ray, and spinal MRI miss tumor in lower rt abdomen? Have pain in lower back, hip, abdomen & no cause found & getting worse

Yes: An abdominal/ pelvic CT or MRI would give more definitive information if you are concerned about tumor in abdomen and pelvis. Causes for lower back/hip pain are more definitely identified with these same tests. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Pain located in right lower back. Very slight tingly feeling in right hand and foot. No numbness or weakness. Spinal tumor?

Pain located in right lower back. Very slight tingly feeling in right hand and foot. No numbness or weakness. Spinal tumor?

Pain: How much do you weigh? Have you had a CT or MRI? Could be related to bulging disc or other issues. Consult with us to help solve this issue. ...Read more

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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?

MRI: Not likely cancer. Consider a non-contrast MRI of ls spine with flexion and extension, orthopedic or rehab doctor evaluation. May just be muscular, or sacroiliac joint. ...Read more

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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?

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?

MRI: What did the MRI show? The neck lump could be unrelated to the pain in the lower back, hip, leg. May be a lipoma which is a benign fatty tumor. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Greatly doubt: It would be very surprising to have a brain tumor announce itself as low back / musculoskeletal-type pain. Finding the cause of low back pain / leg weakness is tricky and generally requires a specialist despite its being extremely common. ...Read more

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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

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When is lower center back pain suspicious? Something serious like aneurysm, kidneys, cancer, tumor etc. As opposed to something more benign.

Very common: Lower back pain is the most common symptom and usually it is due to musculoskeletal system. Although other etiologies cannot be ruled out clinically. Always look for horses first than zebras when you hear the hear the sound of hooves. ...Read more

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What might some symptoms of a tumor pressing on the spine (lumbar and below)?

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

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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

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Can low back pain be a tumor?

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

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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?

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?

Unlikely: Spinal tumors are uncommon (do exist), with them more often looses sensation and muscle power not the pain you have, mostly is your disc, re evaluation by your doctor with MRI of spine etc need treatments if you have evidence of compression to the cord may even need surgery ...Read more

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Would the bladder function symptoms from a lumbar spinal deformity/lesion/tumor/etc wax and wane or stay constant?

Would the bladder function symptoms from a lumbar spinal deformity/lesion/tumor/etc wax and wane or stay constant?

Constant: The nerves that control the ability of the urinary bladder to contract come from lumbar nerves. Any spinal deformity that interferes with such neurologic function remains constant and the bladder as such frequently requires catheterization without improvement. ...Read more

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My 20yr cousin just found out has tumor on spine will get biopsy. I have low back pain for some time now should I make appointment to be safe?

Yes: Tumor is not the most common cause of back pain, but back pain need careful scientific evaluation, early intervention will prevent future damage so see your doctor and find out cause of your back pain. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Scan?: I would think that if you’ve failed four months of conservative management that it would be time for some scans. X-ray certainly, and even MRI scans. ...Read more

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Can colon tumors be seen on a lumbar spine mri?

Can colon tumors be seen on a lumbar spine mri?

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

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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

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Would a lumbar mri show signs of ovarian or cervical tumors/cancer? Had one for back and it showed ovarian cysts (benign)

Would a lumbar mri show signs of ovarian or cervical tumors/cancer? Had one for back and it showed ovarian cysts (benign)

Depends: Usually MRI of lumbar spine has narrow window. Patients' anatomy varies from person to person. If ovary is in field of view may see tumor. Usually MRI dedicated to pelvis or abdomen more precise. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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

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

True: The ct abdomen/pelvis stone protocol studies image different structures, than would be imaged in a dedicated ct lumbar spine study. If there is concern for the back, then another imaging study is needed, i.e. Mri or ct. ...Read more

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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.

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

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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

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

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Can an upper and lower abdominal and pelvic CT find tumors in the kidneys, liver, and pancreas? Or any of those?

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

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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?

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

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Painful coccyx getting worse, I'm scared it might be a tumor or cancer?

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

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Would an MRI scan on the coccyx for tailbone pain show if there was some sort of tumor causing the pain?

Would an MRI scan on the coccyx for tailbone pain show if there was some sort of tumor causing the pain?

More than likely: But why would you have a tumor on your coccyx? A rather unusual reason for coccygeal pain in a 29 year old woman. Keep in mind that common things happen commonly. A plain x-ray would be a better first imaging study especially if there was an injury. ...Read more

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'm just genuinely curious, but when people have parts of their body (tumors, cysts, legs, kidneys etc.) removed where do they go?

'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

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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.

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.

See your doctor: These symptoms are concerning. It is not clear why you are having bloody bowel movements based on your history. You should inform your doctor about these symptoms and see what workup he recommends. ...Read more

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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?

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