How is spine cancer diagnosed. Are pain along spine, upper back pain, headaches, arm pain, chest bone pain symptoms?

See below. Primary cancer of the spine is uncommon and could be one of many things, e.g., bone cancer, tumor of spinal cord, tumor of the meninges, blood vessel tumor etc. Metastatic tumors to the vertebrae are far more common. It would require a detailed history, physical examination, imaging studies and blood tests to make a diagnosis. It would be prudent to see your doctor.

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53 yr old female. Upper back pain with spasms x2 mths. No definate dx. Dr said recent chest xray would show cancer or bone tumor. Is this true? Thank you

See orthopedist. Probably should get some more attention for this issue. Read more...
Spine nerve irritate. Spinal nerve root irritation always causes muscle spasms. If the pain is primarily due to nerve damage, there are symptoms of pins and needles, numbness, burning, shooting and sharp pains. If the pain is due to nerve irritation with predominant muscle spasm, the pain is usually aching, cramping, dull, and the muscles are stiff and tight.You will need to be evaluated by your family doctor and a. Read more...
MRI NEEDED. The short a answer is : a normal chest x ray is reassuring but i would want to see an MRI of the area, just to be sure. Read more...
Not necessarily. Significant persistent pain in the upper back needs to be adequately investigated. There are several benign causes of spinal pain which are common. Cancer of the spine or other tumors are possible but statistically less common. Read more...