What is it?
There are several forms of spinal tumours; the tumours can involce the spinal cord, the nerves or the bone. Intradural or Extramedullary tumours that grow in the spinal canal but not the nerves, and Intramedullary tumours that can grow inside the spinal cord and the nerves. Tumours that invade the bone, are more likely to arise from other sites such as breast, lung and bowel cancers. It is rare that the tumour originated from the spine and is more likely to have originated from another part of the body.
• Upper back pain - severe if manipulated or compressed and does not diminish with rest. • Radiating Chest or abdominal pain - an indication of a lateral disc prolapse, protruding sideways from the spine • Radiating back pain - if the pain radiates from the back into the fron may indicate a centro-lateral prolapse • Myelopathy • Centralised pain - pain that is specifically in one area, often worse in the mornings • Unexpected weight loss and loss of appetite • Nausea and vomiting • Fever and chills
When to see a doctor or consider surgery?
If you experience unexpected neck pain and fulfil any 'Red Flags' (Symptoms requiring immidiate attention) you should see a doctor as soon as possible.
How is it diagnosed?
Diagnosing a spinal tumour requires a complete medical history, physical and neurological exam and also require a full radiographic study of your chest, gastrointestinal and spine as well as MRI and CT scans