Symptoms of spinal tumors vary from person to person, and by the type and location of the tumor. They are caused by pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots.
If a spinal tumor presses on the spinal cord or nerve roots, it may cause:
- Back pain that gets worse with time, is not related to activity and is worse when you lie down
- Muscle weakness or numbness in the arms or legs that gets worse with time
- General loss of sensation, numbness and tingling
- Loss of feeling in certain areas of the body
- Loss of bowel and bladder control
- Paralysis to varying degrees
- Spinal deformities
- Pain or difficulty with standing
- Erectile dysfunction
If pressure continues, muscles may waste away. Walking may become difficult.
These symptoms do not always mean you have a spinal tumor. However, it is important to discuss any symptoms with your doctor, since they may signal other health problems.
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