Longish post with 2 questions at the end.
I started having lower back pain around the L4 lumbar vertebra along with tingling equally in both legs about a week ago. This tingling is a new addition to residual peripheral neuropathy (in both feet) from cisplatin that ended ½ year ago after I had LUL VATS for adenocarcinoma of the lung.
Yesterday I started doing some gentle lumbar stretches and yoga poses I found on the web and I am much more mobile and comfortable today than yesterday but still have this pain in my .lower back and tingling in both legs. When standing I get a dull ache in both legs. All of these symptoms are completely new and arose simultaneously.
I realize that lower back pain is extremely common and I am probably worrying about nothing but I’ve never had it before and nowadays whenever I get an ailment I wonder if this could be the cancer returning. (This is a whole subject in and of itself and I’m guessing is pretty common). It’s hard to know how to really be rational about these concerns which are inevitable. I mean that cancer recurrence is a real possibility still for resected lung adenocarcinoma even with ACT, on the one hand, while on the other hand, every one ages and all those processes are on-going with cancer or without.
I had an abdominal and chest ct scan with and without contrast showing no evidence of metastasis about 5 weeks ago. Referring to the bone area it said specifically “no focal destructive lytic or sclerotic osseous lesions of the abdomen or pelvis”.
The question I have is does the standard ct scan of chest/abdomen/pelvis also image the spine in a way to rule out metastatic spread to the spine as a source of pain and secondly is there any other way to have pain as a result of cancer in the lower back or nervous system?
I am not sure if spine is included in the terms ‘abdomen or pelvis’.
The second question is more general: how to come to grips with cancer risk when confronting general health problems post diagnosis.