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    Old 03-30-2006, 10:35 AM   #1
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    back pain = lymphoma?

    hey everyone

    i was just wondering if anyone here had back pains as their first symptom of lymphoma.

    i've had this back pain for about 5 weeks now. it first just started as a localized pain on the left lower back. but then i started to get it right below my left buttocks. as time progressed, i would get it in my perineal area and then my right side presented with the same symptoms. most of the time, the pain is a burning sensation. i also get mild tingling in my feet sometimes. no weakness or numbness. i noticed that its ok in the morning but starts up again when i empty my bowel.

    the reason i'm scared is because 1) i just had kidney transplant 7 months ago and i'm at a higher risk of developing lymphoma and 2) i've had 2 of the three consitutional symptoms - weight loss (i lost about 15 pounds over two months but there were some reasons that could explain why) and night sweats (about 4-5 times over the past month). i also feel tired and weak a lot of the time.

    i get followed pretty closely by the doctors at my transplant hospital and get blood work done every few weeks. nothing out of the ordinary and they didn't think the night sweats or weight loss were of any concern. about the weight loss, my doctor just told me that after i had the flu, if i kept losing weight then it may be of concern. but after i healed, i stayed at the same weight for a few weeks and then eventually gained some back. the night sweats were probably out of anxiety cause i've been really stressed this past month and they occured almost always right after i fell asleep (i would wake up an half an hour after i fell asleep and i would have damp clothes).

    anyways, sorry for the long post but i'm just worried i could have a tumor or an enlarged lymph node thats causing the back pain. its an odd back pain and i don't really know what makes it better or worse. sometimes it doesn't hurt at all, sometimes only my lower back, sometimes only a burning on my back thigh, etc etc. it doesn't seem to get worse when i'm lying down but it does still hurt sometimes.

    any input would be appreciated. i have a doctors appointment next week to get to the bottom of this.

     
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    Old 03-30-2006, 02:53 PM   #2
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    Re: back pain = lymphoma?

    Why not ask your doctor if you can get an MRI and a spinal xray?




    [QUOTE=tommietomtom]hey everyone

    i was just wondering if anyone here had back pains as their first symptom of lymphoma.

    i've had this back pain for about 5 weeks now. it first just started as a localized pain on the left lower back. but then i started to get it right below my left buttocks. as time progressed, i would get it in my perineal area and then my right side presented with the same symptoms. most of the time, the pain is a burning sensation. i also get mild tingling in my feet sometimes. no weakness or numbness. i noticed that its ok in the morning but starts up again when i empty my bowel.

    the reason i'm scared is because 1) i just had kidney transplant 7 months ago and i'm at a higher risk of developing lymphoma and 2) i've had 2 of the three consitutional symptoms - weight loss (i lost about 15 pounds over two months but there were some reasons that could explain why) and night sweats (about 4-5 times over the past month). i also feel tired and weak a lot of the time.

    i get followed pretty closely by the doctors at my transplant hospital and get blood work done every few weeks. nothing out of the ordinary and they didn't think the night sweats or weight loss were of any concern. about the weight loss, my doctor just told me that after i had the flu, if i kept losing weight then it may be of concern. but after i healed, i stayed at the same weight for a few weeks and then eventually gained some back. the night sweats were probably out of anxiety cause i've been really stressed this past month and they occured almost always right after i fell asleep (i would wake up an half an hour after i fell asleep and i would have damp clothes).

    anyways, sorry for the long post but i'm just worried i could have a tumor or an enlarged lymph node thats causing the back pain. its an odd back pain and i don't really know what makes it better or worse. sometimes it doesn't hurt at all, sometimes only my lower back, sometimes only a burning on my back thigh, etc etc. it doesn't seem to get worse when i'm lying down but it does still hurt sometimes.

    any input would be appreciated. i have a doctors appointment next week to get to the bottom of this.[/QUOTE]

     
    Old 03-30-2006, 03:57 PM   #3
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    I would not be comfortable with giving any opinion about this other than to say I think your doctors are keeping their eyes open and maybe you will get some answers next week. I know you are a nervous wreck and I would be, too, but this is an important medical issue and not one that lay people should be answering, IMHO.

    Best of luck to you.

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    Old 03-30-2006, 04:41 PM   #4
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    [QUOTE=carol632]I would not be comfortable with giving any opinion about this other than to say I think your doctors are keeping their eyes open and maybe you will get some answers next week. I know you are a nervous wreck and I would be, too, but this is an important medical issue and not one that lay people should be answering, IMHO.

    Best of luck to you.

    Carol[/QUOTE]>>

    I think maybe the poster was just wondering if someone else had back pain that turned out to be lymphoma. I have an autoimmune disease and have a much greater chance of developing lymphoma. When I first had back problems I was convinced I had it, but my doctor ordered an MRI and labs and ruled it out. Until then, I was worried.

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