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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

Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...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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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. ...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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What can I do to slow the growth of a spinal tumor?

What can I do to slow the growth of a spinal tumor?

Depends on SC tumor.: This depends on the type of cns/spinal cord tumor you/someone might have. Astrocytomas get surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy while oligodendrogliomas do well with surgery and chemotherapy. Ependymomas, germinomas, and meningiomas can do very well with surgery alone. Tumors metastatic to the spinal cord must be detected early or can have grave consequences from compression of the cord. ...Read more

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Which is more serious? A spinal tumor or spinal cyst?

Which is more serious? A spinal tumor or spinal cyst?

Difficult to answer,: Because it depends on the type of tumor, along with the size/location of the tumor or cyst. ...Read more

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What are the risks associated with removing a spinal tumor?

What are the risks associated with removing a spinal tumor?

Paralysis, etc.: This depends on where the tumor is and how complex it is. Some, like ependymomas are benign, but can be in the center of the spinal cord, making removal all but impossible. If the tumor is wrapped around the spinal cord, removal might be possible, but the cord can be damaged, and complications like paralysis can occur. If a nerve is compressed, pain can occur, or numbness. ...Read more

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Would a spinal Tumor show on an MRI scan?

Would a spinal Tumor show on an MRI scan?

Usually: Sometimes a spinal cord tumor, especially with extrinsic compression, can result in false localizing clinical signs, which could result in imaging at wrong level, but if precise, the MRI will show lesion. However, you say that you have B-12 issues, and this can cause spinal cord problems in posterior columns, which are also seen on MRI. Do you feel Concierge visit might help? ...Read more

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What does it mean to have laminectomy for spinal tumor excision?

See below: To remove the posterior portion on the arch of the spinal canal to reduce pressure or compression on the cord itself. ...Read more

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Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a brain or spinal tumor?

Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a brain or spinal tumor?

1st, you see a doc: He or she will take a good medical history, do a good physical exam, and determine if you need labs or a scan. You can't tell otherwise and please don't try to self diagnose. ...Read more

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What can be done for a spinal tumor?

What can be done for a spinal tumor?

Multiple options: Depending on size, location, pathology, and symptoms, a variety of options are available - surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, observation or combination. Proton beam therapy is a newer form of radiation treatment utilizing more precise proton energy rays that try to avoid or minimize collateral damage to vital parts like the spinal cord or the normal brain tissue. ...Read more

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What are the signs of a spinal tumor?

What are the signs of a spinal tumor?

Many: Symptoms depend on where in the spinal cord they are located as well as the type of tumor. They can cause pain, weakness, numbness, balance problems or difficulty with movement control. Also may present with loss of bladder control. Fortunately these tumors are rare. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I might have spinal tumor?

Spinal tumor: Impossible to answer the question. Why do you believe you might have a tumor? If you are having back related symptoms, best to see your doctor for evaluation. There are many other causes of back pain that are more common than tumors. ...Read more

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What is the risk for spinal tumor in healthy and active 23 year old male?

What is the risk for spinal tumor in healthy and active 23 year old male?

Rare as Martian....: ....Hen's Teeth! Spinal cord tumor comprise 0.05% of all primary tumors diagnosed and a good portion of those are benign. Malignant ones are more scattered than that. ...Read more

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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