A spine tumor is a growth which develops near or in the spine area. It can either be malignant (cancerous) or benign (noncancerous). Both cancerous and noncancerous poses a problem since both can cause debilitating effects when they occur in the spine. This is because the growth of a spine tumor impinges nerves and spinal cord, which can lead to pain, neurological problems and even paralysis.
Spine cancer can be difficult to diagnose. The reason is that many of spine cancer symptoms can be indicative of other issues as well. That being said, if you have the following symptoms, you should talk with your doctor.
Neck or Back Pain
While they can be caused by a number of issues, neck or back pain can one of spine cancer symptoms. What makes it different from other issues is that they seem to won’t go away, spread to other areas or become more severe over time.
Abnormal Reflexes and Contractions
Spinal tumor, be it cancerous or not, compresses nerves in the spine. Due to this, a person who has spine tumor may experience involuntary, abnormal twitches and/or muscle contractions.
Increased Sensitivity to Temperatures
Do you suddenly become more sensitive to hot and cold? Increased sensitivity to hot and cold can be indicative of spine cancer.
Inability to Feel Your Arms and Legs
Another symptom of spine cancer is the loss of sensation in arms and legs, feeling of coolness or sudden, sharp pain. You need to be cautioned if you experience a loss of sensation, feeling of coolness or sudden, sharp pain in your fingers, toes, hands, and feet.
A Loss of Muscle Function
Cancer can cause nerves compression in the spine. As a result, you will experience a loss of muscle function. Sign of a loss of muscle is the inability to do things that you usually can.
Less Sensitivity to Touch and Pain
If you have spine cancer, you will likely to become less sensitive to touch and pain. You will also feel numbness in some parts of your body. Like many of spine cancer symptoms, it is caused by nerves compression in the spine.
Feeling of Tenderness on Your Back
As the tumor grows, you may start to experience a feeling of tenderness on your back, where the spinal tumor is located. While this symptom is by no means enjoyable, it can help your doctor to find the exact location of the tumor.
Problems with Bowel or Bladder Function
Experiencing a problem with bowel or bladder function should always increase your concern. So, if you experience urinary and fecal incontinence, you may want to see your doctor. They can be indications of many serious conditions, one of which is spine cancer.
These are the general spine cancer symptoms. If you experience one or more of the symptoms, don’t be panic. Why? Because it does not necessarily mean that you have spine cancer. Remember, many other illnesses and conditions do share common symptoms with spine cancer. That being said, if you experience any of the symptoms listed above and they seem to last and/or get worse over time, you should see your doctor. By doing so you will be able to know your condition and what needs to be done about it. We hope this article helps.