Dec 16, 2003 - 10:28 am
Hi, glad I found this site. I'm an only child age 38 (and single) and my mom lives 4 hours away. She's been having stabbing back pains and a stiff neck for the last month, and the doctors found a 4 cm mass in her lung. They want to take a lung biopsy and have told us it's most likely cancer.
I've read that if it's small cell cancer and has metastisized to the back, it's possible for the cancer to cause this back pain (so far she has had 3 episodes in the last month of back pain that has caused her to pass out). The doctors have done tests for spinal stenois (she has this but it's very mild), osteoporosis (she has this but it's not severe enough to cause the pain she's getting), and degererative arthritis of the spine (very mild if at all). They've pretty much ruled out these back issues as the cause and think it is the lung mass that's causing her back pain.
Question, is there additional info you may have on lung cancer causing back pain?
We're going for a biopsy either this week or next week. For a woman who's been so strong all her life, this has my mom very frightened.