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Rare Medical Causes of Back Pain

In rare cases, serious back pain may be caused by:

Cauda Equina Syndrome

This is a grim neurological condition in which there is compression of the contents of the spinal canal below the termination (conus) of spinal cord.  Symptoms may include weakness and/or pain in legs, groin numbness, sexual dysfunction, and a reduction in bladder and/or bowel control.

Cancers of Spine

These are essentially those of Vertebra (bones) that make up the spine.  There are many different types of tumour that can affect these bone.  In addition, tumours may arise inside the membrane encasing spinal cord and its contents (the Dura Mater), and these are called Intradural Tumours.  Primary tumours are those growing where they are discovered, and they may be benign or malignant.  Secondary, or metastatic tumours, are tumours that have travelled from a source elsewhere in the body.  Cancer of the Spine is a highly serious condition.  Tumours can compress nerves which results in back pain and a range of other symptoms, such as weakness in arms or legs.  A variety of surgical and non-surgical treatments may be available depending on type of tumour.  Surgery can often enhance the quality of life for the sufferer even if a complete cure cannot be achieved.

Infection of Spine or Spinal Cord

This often arises as a secondary infection to an active infection elsewhere in the body, although in some cases no source of infection is found.  Treatment of the infection depends on how early it is detected, how much bone or disc material has been destroyed, and whether or not there are any progressive neurological issues.  Symptoms of a spinal infection usually include fever and a warm, tender area along backbone accompanying the back pain.

Repeated Occurrences / Multiple Surgeries

Repeated occurrences of back pain and multiple unsuccessful surgeries can also cause serious back pain, which can be very difficult to treat or cure.

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