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.

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What are the symptoms of a spinal tumor? Had back pain since getting pregnant with my son. It went away for a few months and then it came back.

Depends on location. Pain can be a symptoms of a spinal tumor. In addition to pain, loss of function (for example weakness in muscles, loss of bladder or bowel control) or loss of sensation is also common, depending on the location of the tumor. Usually these symptoms are progressive (wouldn't be ok for a few months and then come back). Pregnancy can definitely cause back pain, worst in 3rd trimester. Read more...
Not a spinal tumor. Spinal tumor is the least likely reason for your back pain that i can think of. The most common reason is Progesterone induced loosening of ligaments in the joints of the spine and pain associated with that. Pelvic imbalance is also common in pregnancy. See a pain physician for evaluation and treatment. Read more...

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...

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...

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...

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. Read more...
Yes. If a tumor is large enough at l4, it can press on a group of nerves collectively referred to as the cauda equina and this can potentially cause numbness, pain, and weakness of the legs and even loss of bowel and/or bladder control. If this is occurring or is deemed likely to occur, you should strongly consider having surgery to get this taken care of. Read more...