Lung cancer symptoms back pain



by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR

Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.

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This is a phrase I saw recently. It disturbed me.

Anytime a patient has a history of malignancy and then develops back pain, it is imperative that metastases (spread of the cancer) be ruled out. While the major risk factor of a history of cigarettes smoking is an obvious one, some patients with lung cancer do not have a history of smoking.



In particular, cancers of the lung and breast seem to go to bone frequently.

When back pain develops as a result of metastases, the pain is a constant pain that is unrelieved by rest or activity. It keeps patients up at night and they cannot find a comfortable position.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or CT scanning can help to establish the diagnosis.



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