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Pancoast tumor??..Need help!

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Old 09-13-2012, 12:59 AM   #1
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Pancoast tumor??..Need help!

Dear All,

Pleasure to find this website!

I have a peculiar situation where in I am little confused with the symptoms that I am exhibiting and the situation I am in.

I am 27 year old male working with IT firm where in my job revolves at desk and traveling for meetings.

Symptoms/ Pain areas:

I started having upper chest pain and scapular pain of left side about 1 and half years ago. Being a smoker( 8-10 sticks a day for last 4 years) I began to panic and got my self checked. Initial X rays showed Straightening of Cervical spine and Mascular spasm. Chest X ray came absolutely clear.

As the pain gradually increased over next 6 months with tingling down to ring/little finger on left and index finger on right, I got myself checked for Chest CT scan and MRI screening of whole spine.

Chest CT scan showed only Mild apical thickening with normal finding on all aspects which my Lung specialist apparently an MD says is Scars / Marks left because of Pneumonia that i got when i was infant.

My neck MRI shows following results:

Minimum diffuse bulges of C4-5, C5-6, C6-7 discs, indenting the anterior sub arachnoid space. Early peridiscal osteophytes noted. Mild diffuse bulge of L5-S1 disc abutting the thecal disc.

My query is that since I am smoker, my symptoms are quite similar to Lund Cancer (Pancoast Tumor) or is it cause of my disc bulges. I have began to experience similar kind of pain at time on my right side. Chest pain, Scapular pain, pain extending to ring finger, little finger and index finger( very rarely though) and watery eye at times. I do feel eye lid getting heavier at times.

My doctor ( Pulmonologist) strongly suggested that it is cervical disc issue and I should see a Ortho Specialist.

Any feedback/ suggestion as to is it really cervical disc issue??

Thanks in advance for your time and help!!

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Old 10-09-2012, 07:39 PM   #2
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Re: Pancoast tumor??..Need help!

A Pancoast tumor would show up on a CT scan or an MRI. It certainly sounds like disc disease.

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