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Doctor insights on: Upper Back Tumor Symptoms

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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

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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Am having neck pain and earaches and headacheseveryday i think i might have an brain tumor or cancer plus shoulder pain by my upper back pains i want to go have an cat scan but i already been for other things

Am having neck pain and earaches and headacheseveryday i think i might have an brain tumor or cancer plus shoulder pain by my upper back  pains i want to go have an cat scan but i already been for other things

Cluster of symptoms: Hard to say with a general cluster of symptoms what may be happening, but if they are significant they should be evaluated. Conditions such as brain tumor are quite rare and ct/mri scans may be ordered by a physician after a thorough history and exam. Don't ignore your symptoms, but be cautious about jumping to the most severe conclusion without more of a work-up. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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

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 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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I think my tubular adenoma tumor is back and i want to know what the symptoms would be.

I think my tubular adenoma tumor is back and i want to know what the symptoms would be.

Bleeding: Really, the only sign you would have would be some blood in the stool, but if it were a massively large adenoma, then you could have symptoms typical of bowel obstruction, such as bloating, cramping, and emesis. I doubt this would occur. Good luck. ...Read more

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Eyes goes back involuntary headaches etc due to pseudo tumor. After LP symptoms returned but more prominent and worse could there be more to it?

Eyes goes back involuntary headaches etc due to pseudo tumor. After LP symptoms returned but more prominent and worse could there be more to it?

IIH: Pseudotumor Cerebri can indeed affect both visual acuity and if not well controlled, could cause problems with eye movements, even double vision. If you feel that your treatment is lacking or your physicians are going in the wrong direction, get a second opinion either face to face or here via Concierge virtual visit. ...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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M 19, can new onset headaches that persist for a week and a half go away for a week and come back a little bit symptoms of a brain tumor?

Confusion,: Dizziness, memory loss, slurred speech, loss of balance, weakness on one side of the body, seizures or blurred or double vision could signal a stroke or brain tumor, so always demand prompt medical action in those circumstances. Isolated headache is rarely caused by brain tumors. ...Read more

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Can a spinal cord tumor cause spine pain (pain in 1 or 2 vertebrae when pressing on area & laying down)? Would pain be the only symptom?

Can a spinal cord tumor cause spine pain (pain in 1 or 2 vertebrae when pressing on area & laying down)? Would pain be the only symptom?

Not a spine tumor: You probably have more of a msucle, tendon or a bursitis problem. With a spien tumor I woud expect other findings. You need to discuss with your physician ...Read more

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When I cough I get a pain at the back of my head left side could this be a brain tumor? No other symptoms anxiety sufferer 25year old female?

When I cough I get a pain at the back of my head left side could this be a brain tumor? No other symptoms anxiety sufferer 25year old female?

Hypochondrasis: I understand your Anxiety. You do not have brain tumor, nor is it related to coughing Do not dwell upon these symptoms; make dwelling of your achievements in your mind. Do not assume, think about Reality. Believe in your logical reasoning; you are not the victim of Anxiety Do Breathing and Music, Relaxation, Yoga, Meditation; See a Psychiatrist for Therapy for stress and medication for Anxiety. ...Read more

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What would symptoms be if I had advanced pancreatic cancer in the tail and is it possible to feel the tumor in the LLQ of my back?

What would symptoms be if I had advanced pancreatic cancer in the tail and is it possible to feel the tumor in the LLQ of my back?

Upper GI bleed: Tail of pancreas cancers rarely cause pain. Rather as they grow they obstruct the venous output from the spleen from blood feeding the spleen via the splenic artery. The spleen output is shifted to the vasa brevia of the greater curvature of the stomach where varices are formed and GI bleeding follows. Spread to other sites also noted early ie. liver. ...Read more

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If CT scan w&wo contrast came back normal with no brain tumor found 2 years and 7 months ago what's my risk to have one now if I have new symptoms?

If CT scan w&wo contrast came back normal with no brain tumor found 2 years and 7 months ago what's my risk to have one now if I have new symptoms?

It depends: It all depends on what kind of tumor was identified over two yrs ago. New symptoms strongly suggest that you need new studies. You should consult your neurologist or primary care m d. An MRI is more sensitive for soft tissue problems then a ct. ...Read more

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I am a healthy woman. I have been having fluctuating headaches for two weeks with no other symptoms (vision, balance, etc). Doctor said to come back if it persists. Chances of brain tumor?

I am a healthy woman. I have been having fluctuating headaches for two weeks with no other symptoms (vision, balance, etc). Doctor said to come back if it persists. Chances of brain tumor?

Wouldn't worry yet: Headaches are one of the most common complaints people have and there are many, many reasons for headaches. The vast majority are not due to brain tumors. Also, while many people with brain tumors do have headaches, it is not the most common initial symptom. See your doc again. He/she can decide based on all of your signs/symptoms whether any further investigation is warranted. ...Read more

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A palpable, non-moving protrusion from top-back of my skull (parietal lobe) of size 3 cc. No headaches or other symptoms. Could it be a tumor?

A palpable, non-moving protrusion from top-back of my skull (parietal lobe) of size 3 cc. No headaches or other symptoms. Could it be a tumor?

Could be anything : I'd be interested to know if this is new or something you had all your life. Could be as simple as a bony protrusion of your skull that has been there from the beginning but any new lump that persists or grows should be evaluated by a physician. Have it checked and best to you. ...Read more

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Have persistant, fluctuating headache and general malaise for two weeks, now slightly sore back of neck-no neruo symptoms, etc. Could be brain tumor?

Have persistant, fluctuating headache and general malaise for two weeks, now slightly sore back of neck-no neruo symptoms, etc. Could be brain tumor?

Not likely: This is the time of year for viral illness, and you may have just come down with a virus that your body is fighting. However, as your symptoms have been lasting a while, it is a good idea to visit with your doctor for a more detailed account of your symptoms plus a physical exam and possible lab tests to get at the primary cause of your feeling unwell. ...Read more

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Lg area of uptake in rt cerebellopontine angle on cerv spine MRI but not noted in MRI of posterior fossa? Could it be missed? Cpa tumor fits symptoms.

Lg area of uptake in rt cerebellopontine angle on cerv spine MRI but not noted in MRI of posterior fossa? Could it be missed? Cpa tumor fits symptoms.

Find a good neurosur: A second opinion from another neurosurgeon may be the next best thing to do. Unless we have access to all mris, we can not give you an opinion. So see another neurosurgeon for his/her opinion. It should not be difficult to sort this out. ...Read more

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Endo tumor symptoms fluctuate? One day I'll be fine next day hypoK, numbness, chills, back ache, cramping. Undiagnosed but high vip & chromogranin.

Endo tumor symptoms fluctuate? One day I'll be fine next day hypoK, numbness, chills, back ache, cramping. Undiagnosed but high vip & chromogranin.

VIPoma?: Hi. Does your endo or GI doc think this is a VIPoma? Those are very rare, and at your age would make a genetic syndrome more likely. How high are the VIP and CgA? They need to be several FOLD elevated above the upper limit of normal to suspect VIPoma. Is the diagnosis beyond question? They can be very difficult to localize. I assume no luck with that. Somatostatin analog drugs can help symptoms. ...Read more