Nerve pains (lower back)

Chris48 Member Posts: 3
edited March 2014 in Lung Cancer #1
Anyone ever experience diffuse lower back nerve pain that goes no higher in back than dorsal spine, but shoots down both legs? The problem with my back is -- this seems to be happening daily (or every 24 hours) and its getting worse. Onco had MRI done.. and it shows nerve damage in coccyx -- but there has to be a better alternative for pain treatment than more radiation. (Like physical therapy)

This annoying crud is starting to screw up my chemo schedule.

Thanks for any replies in advance. =o)


  • trft
    trft Member Posts: 48
    Well, I wouldn't rule out a bad back, and I don't mean cancer. I'm kind of pot belly, and everytime (about twice a year) I go to the doc to get some muscle relaxants because my belly went one way and my back the other, the doc always ask "Do you have any pain shooting down your legs?" If I said yes to that then I would expect there would be some interest in my sciatica nerve and a protruding disk further up the spine than the tail bone. I don't know if that's good news or bad news. Of course, if the pain goes away, it's good news. Good luck!
  • lorbethm
    lorbethm Member Posts: 1
    Have you seen a chiropractor? I'd start there and see if he can't help. It sounds like sciatica, which I've had, and the chiropractor helped me immensely.

    good luck!

  • cabbott
    cabbott Member Posts: 1,039 Member
    If the MRI is showing that a tumor is pressing down on your nerves, radiation could not just reduce the pain but also save your ability to walk. Talk to your doctor about what the MRI showed and why he is talking about radiation. If it is a bad back, ask for a referral to a back specialist that tries to help with non-surgical methods. Good luck!
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  • Diane03
    Diane03 Member Posts: 42
    I started experiencing the lower back pain after my first chemo. When I inquired about it I was told it was a side effect.