Back pain is the most immediate and common symptom of spinal tumors, but it’s also a common condition that can be caused by several less severe conditions. Like tumors elsewhere in the body, spinal tumors can be benign or malignant.
Other symptoms can manifest as a result of spinal tumors, and early detection – as with any type of tumor – is important. Some of these symptoms include radiating back pain; a lessening or loss of sensation in the extremities; lowered pain sensitivity, especially to hot and cold stimuli; leg weakness and difficulty walking; less control over your bowels; and to varying degrees, if the tumors go untreated, a patient may experience paralysis in different parts of the body.
There are as many treatment options for spinal tumors as there are symptoms. If the tumor is caught before symptoms manifest, your healthcare provider may prescribe medication and monitoring. Other treatment options include: magnetic resonance imaging; stereotactic radiosurgery; traditional radiation therapy; chemotherapy; as well as surgery to remove the tumor.
In most cases, a combination of these will be used, and if malignant, or cancerous, extra steps will be taken to eradicate the cancer potential spread of the illness to other parts of the body.