16 yr old son X-ray shows lesion/mass on t-spine
Leb12970 posted:
I'm not sure if I've chosen the right place for posting this discussion or not so, if there is a different community that I should use, please let me know. For the past couple of weeks my son (16) has complained of intermittent back pain that had become progressively worse. He described it as a feeling of stiffness in his neck with pain radiating down his spine. The majority of the pain is located between mid-back and lower back. Whenever he arches his back, stands from a seated position or bends over while seated (like to tie his shoes) the pain increases. None of the OTC pain meds were helping so, yesterday, I took him to our family doc. She found nothing conclusive upon exam so, she prescribed a steroid pack and muscle relaxer. This morning I was called to the school to pick him up because of the amount of pain he was in. I took him to the ER and they performed a series of X-rays. I was told they all came back clear, but 1/2 hour after leaving the hospital I received a call from our doc's office informing me that the X-ray came back abnormal and that a CT was needed. The radiologist described it as a lesion or mass measuring 2.5 cm on his thoracic vertebrae between T-6 and T-7. They were unable to get a CT appt. for today so, we have to wait until Mon. I am trying very hard to remain calm and not panic, but at this point that is nearly impossible. I am terrified beyond description. Has anyone experienced what I have described? Can anyone give me any insight as to what may be wrong with my son? Of course, I would prefer information that would alleviate my fears however, I would like any information....good or bad.
bj1208 responded:
Hi Leb12970 - welcome to the support group -

There could be numerous reasons for the X-ray to showing something as being abnormal. It's best to wait til the CT Scan is done and get the results of that.

I would suggest that when the CT Scan is done that you take your son to see either a Orthopedic Spine Specialist or Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist so that the film results can be properly read and a diagnosis given. They can also let you know what types of treatment options are available.

I know it's hard having to wait but as stated there could be numerous conditions causing this.

please keep us posted what you find out~~
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