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spine was posted 02/20/2020 12:38 am by Anonymous
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For my mother, her spine mets actually caused her initial symptoms and led to the discovery of pancreatic cancer.

She was starting to complain of pain in her back while sleeping at night. It was relatively mild, so she brushed it off. Never told a doctor about it. But in retrospect, that was from the mets.

Then a few weeks later she noticed sudden weakness in one hand. Initially we were worried she had a small stroke. But it turned out the cancer in her spine (vertebrae) had spread outside the bone and was pressing on the nerves leaving the spinal cord that went to her arms/hands. She was developing weakness from this nerve compression.

When they did an MRI of her spine, it revealed the cancer was in several vertebrae, dozens of mets in both lungs, many mets in her liver, huge tumor in her pancreas, her hip bone and many other places. Amazingly the only other symptoms she had were fatigue and depression, that were quite non-specific.

It is good you are considering biopsy of the vertebral 'hot spot'. My fingers are crossed for you. Good luck!! Let us know how it goes.

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