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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers Dr. Cremers
Ophthalmology
21 years in practice
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
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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.

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Dr. Addagada Rao Dr. Rao
Surgery
52 years in practice
Andhra University, Guntur Medical College
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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

Dr. Chukwuka Okafor Dr. Okafor
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
12 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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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

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.

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Dr. Douglas Chang Dr. Chang
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
17 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Bennett Machanic Dr. Machanic
Neurology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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What are the symptoms of a middle back/spinal tumor? Is it rare?

What are the symptoms of a middle back/spinal tumor? Is it rare?

Yes, quite uncommon: But, what prompts your concerns? A variety of tumors may present over the thoracic vertebrae, some causing nocturnal pain responsive to aspirin, others compressing the spinal cord, resulting in urinary incontinence, leg weakness and numbness. Since often insidious, and slowly progressive, if there is high suspicion, would urge MRI study to pin down.

Dr. Albert Pizzo Dr. Pizzo
Family Medicine
56 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Farid Qazi Dr. Qazi
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
34 years in practice
University of Karachi, Dow Medical College
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Back hurst like nothing I ever felt, is there a chance I have spinal tumor.?

Back hurst like nothing I ever felt, is there a chance I have spinal tumor.?

Back pain is common: Back pain is a common problem and mostly related to a slip disc or injury you need MRI of back to determine why you have it and you must see a good doctor. A tumor is not impossible but a rare cause of presenting as back pain.

Dr. Dariush Saghafi Dr. Saghafi
Neurology
29 years in practice
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine
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Pain in upper back since 2 years but now it is very severe? Could it be due to spinal tumor?

Pain in upper back since 2 years but now it is very severe? Could it be due to spinal tumor?

Less likely: With the limited information you have given of chronic pain getting more severe over the past two years and nothing else going on in terms of movement or sensory issues I would say the likelihood of a spinal tumor is very very low. It certainly would be beneficial to be seen by a doctor and have at least x-ray studies done to try and figure out the problem.

Dr. Zachariah George Dr. George
Neurosurgery
11 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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What are the symptoms of a spinal tumor?

What are the symptoms of a spinal tumor?

Depends: Tumor in the bone can present with just pain. However if it causes compression of the spinal cord or nerves it can present with paralysis, weakness, altered sensation, bowel/bladder incontinence etc. So basically depends on location along spinal column and whether or not it causes nerve or cord compression.

Dr. Manoj Reddy Dr. Reddy
Radiation Oncology
20 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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I think I have symptoms of a spinal tumor, what should I do?

I think I have symptoms of a spinal tumor, what should I do?

See your primary doc: It would be difficult to verify a " spinal tumor", purely on symptoms. If you have neurological symptoms of loss of strength or sensation, it is important that you urgently see an md for further evaluation. Imaging including MRI may be required. If there is suspicion of a mass, biopsy may be required. Primary spinal tumors are rare. If there is a tumor, the origin of the tumor would be questioned.

Dr. Larry Grissom Dr. Grissom
Radiology
39 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at Houston
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I think I have symptoms of a spinal tumor. What tests would I need to take?

I think I have symptoms of a spinal tumor. What tests would I need to take?

Possibly MRI: See a doctor for a history and physical and ask if your symptoms merit MRI or other tests. Spinal cord tumors are not common.

Dr. Christina Lenk Dr. Lenk
Neurology
24 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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Is an exray of the spine and a spinal tap ok for testing for a spinal tumor? Had both tests and results were normal

Is an exray of the spine and a spinal tap ok for testing for a spinal tumor? Had both tests and results were normal

No tumor: The best test to look for a spinal tumor is an MRI (usually with contrast). A spinal tap can look for cancer cells in the fluid, but only if that specific test is ordered. An xray really only looks at the bones, not the spine. If there was a bony abnormality, an xray would show it. If your doc ordered a spinal tap, he was probably looking for something like inflammation, not tumor. Good luck!

Dr. Oscar Novick Dr. Novick
Pediatrics
54 years in practice
University of Bern Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Sewa Legha Dr. Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology
46 years in practice
Punjab University, Christian Medical College
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After laminectomy for removal of spinal tumor at L3-4, will the spine still have the same strength for weight bearing and exercise as before surgery?

After laminectomy for removal of spinal tumor at L3-4, will the spine still have the same strength for weight bearing and exercise as before surgery?

It will take some ti: Laminectomy does weaken the spine for some time. You will have to let the area heal over a period of 3-4 weeks. Then gradually increase your activity to strengthen your back muscles. Walking is a good way to begin this process. A Physical therapist can better guide you in muscle strengthening exercises for your back. Over a period of 6 to 12 months you will regain most of your strength. But go slo

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Dr. Michael Gabor Dr. Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology
29 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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Dr. Jovita Anyanwu Dr. Anyanwu
Internal Medicine
26 years in practice
Lyceum Northwestern, Dr. Francisco Q. Duque Medical Foundation
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Dr. Matthew Fero Dr. Fero
Internal Medicine - Oncology
27 years in practice
UC Irvine School of Medicine
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Would spinal tumor show up on xray. Nearly constant back pain. Doc doesn't seem concerned. Say's it's just impinged nerve. Xray show compressed low spine?

Would spinal tumor show up on xray. Nearly constant back pain. Doc doesn't seem concerned. Say's it's just impinged nerve. Xray show compressed low spine?

Often yes: The most common tumors in the spine are cancers that have metastasized from other primary sites. They can appear as either dense (blastic) or clear (lytic) lesions on the X-Ray. In rare cases, nerve, bone marrow or, bony tumors can arise in the spine itself. At age 22, other musculoskeletal problems are far more common as cause of low back pain.

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Dr. Paul Velt Dr. Velt
Diagnostic Radiology
38 years in practice
Free University of Brussels Faculty of Medicine
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I have L4/5 cauda equina nerve root nodule; biopsy needed - Can spinal tumor cause skin changes; enlarging dark blotches on that area of back/spine?

I have L4/5 cauda equina nerve root nodule; biopsy needed - Can spinal tumor cause skin changes; enlarging dark blotches on that area of back/spine?

Yes it can: Depending on what the spinal nerve nodule is. A skin disease can cause the nerve nodules just as nerve nodules can cause skin changes

Dr. Victor Bonuel Dr. Bonuel
Internal Medicine
34 years in practice
Far Eastern University, Dr. Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation
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Can a spinal tumor filling the left half of thecal sac at L4 cause flares of pain in lower left pelvis along with exacerbations of stress incontinence and GI problems but no weakness in left leg?

Can a spinal tumor filling the left half of thecal sac at L4 cause flares of pain in lower left pelvis along with exacerbations of stress incontinence and GI problems but no weakness in left leg?

Yes it can.: More likely the spinal tumor affected d sensory and not the motor (muscular) function of the spinal nerve.Follow up with your orthopedic or neurosurgeon. Take care and god bless u! http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/spinal-tumor/ds00594.

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Dr. Edward Hellman Dr. Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery
25 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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Been having very low back pain in the spine area for 4 months now feeling pressure in my bowel area my sister was diagnosed with a spinal tumor what test should be done for me thanks?

Been having very low back pain in the spine area for 4 months now feeling pressure in my bowel area my sister was diagnosed with a spinal tumor what test should be done for me thanks?

Exam: First a more detailed history and thorough physical exam. Then likely an MRI would be ordered to evaluate take structures that make up the spine.

Dr. Arno Sungarian
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Spinal Tumor (Definition)

A growth that develops within your spinal canal or within the bones of your spine. It may ...Read more