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Symptoms Of Spinal Tumor Lower Back
Pain located in right lower back. Very slight tingly feeling in right hand and foot. No numbness or weakness. Spinal tumor?
"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
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?
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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
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.
2 weeks ago had ultrasound therapy on lower back - never had pain there until then and it was a 7 out of 10 when transducer went over certain area. Now experiencing pain in said area. Spinal tumor?
Back pain: Not likely a spinal tumor. You will have to visit your doctor to find out what is causing the pain.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
In your experience, can a spinal tumor at L4 that takes up left side of thecal sac cause symptoms of incontinence, pain and weakness that are variable, worsening at times then improving for a time?
Spinal tumor: Spinal tumors cause lumbal instability. Because of shifting pressures the symptoms can vary from time to time.See 1 more doctor answer
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 sloSee 1 more doctor answer
Neurology blood tests normal for back pain, would this possibly rule out a spinal Tumor? Or point towards not having one? Thanks, MRI booked
Blood tests: Cannot rule out a spinal tumor. However, the vast majority of back pain is not due to a tumor.
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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?
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?
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.