Re: Lung cancer and back pain
Hi Leestar11 and welcome to these boards, My mother has lung & bone cancer. She lives in Denver and I made 3 trips there this year to help out. At first they thought she pulled a muscle opening a window, and put her in PT. When it didn't get better, they discovered the cancer. She is 76 and a heavy smoker. But the pain was worse in her back. Sharp stabbing, knife-like pain. She is a tiny thing, and they had to remove most of her right lung, 4 ribs, and part of her neck had to be removed. A very heavy duty surgery. We put her in a skilled nursing facility, and I thought my mother would spend her days there. She couldn't walk, sit, or hold a newspaper. But she surprised us all and was was home in 2 months. I flew back out to drive her through a rigid course of chemo & radiation. 5 days a week for 6 weeks. But you should get checked out. Any pain is not normal. With the cancer came neuropathy, and she says it feels like hot water running down her arms. My mom has started smoking again unfortunately, but that gave her the motivation to drive to the store for her smokes. She was diaganosed in October, and it's not even a year later and she is cancer free. Swedish Hospital is the best. So back pain can be associated with lung cancer. I hope this helps and I wish you well.