What are Spinal Tumors?
Any type of tumor can happen in the spine, whether its leukemia, lymphoma, or myeloma. Tumors can start in the spinal tissue, or they can spread from other areas like the lung, prostrate, breast, or other places.
The exact cause of spinal tumors is not known, but some are caused by defects with genetics. Regardless of whether a tumor is cancerous, it poses a threat if it’s in the spinal cord. A tumor can put pressure on nerves, which can cause pain and can lead to paralysis and neurological problems.
Symptoms of Spinal Tumors
Symptoms of spinal tumors vary depending on the type of tumor, the patient’s health, and the location of the tumor.
Tumors that start in spinal tissue are called primary spinal tumors, and they can take weeks to years to develop. Tumors that have spread from another area are called secondary spinal tumors or metastatic tumors, and they progress very quickly.
Symptoms of spinal tumors include radiating back pain that’s worse at night, loss of or abnormal sensations, bowel and bladder problems, muscle weakness or function loss, and muscle spasms.