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Back Pain

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,670
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:34 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
Hello - I am wondering if anyone has been through the unfortunate diagnosis of metastatic disease spreading to the spine/vertebrae from a previous cancer diagnosis. My 66-year old Mom was faced with this last week. She has a fracture in L4 due to the cancer disease found in her bones as well as the liver. She is hoping to have the vertebroplasty procedure done very soon. My questions are these:

1. Will her pain be greatly reduced by having this procedure done?

2. She is enduring a considerable urge to urinate (constantly now) with no results each time, as well as immediate movement of her bowels without much notice. Could this be caused by the tumor found in her spine that has metastized? I do not know enough about how the bladder reacts to such a diagnosis and our doctors are not giving us good info at the time.

Any advice/feedback/suggestions are very welcome.

Thank you in advance!


  • i am awfully sorry your mother is facing so many problems. unfortunately i dont have good news on the bowel and bladder troubles. when pressure is placed on certain nerves in the lower spine it can disrupt normal function of those organs. i hope that the drs can control her condition....pete
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