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bladder cancer, "thoracolumbar spine, degenerative changes".

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I'm a 57 y/o male and I was diagnosed with Generative Joint Disease of the spine 1n 2006 by my V.A. Doctor. He prescribed narcotics for my pain. no MRI
for two years (2008). Vicotin was the only treatment for those first two years. After the MRI, i discussed results with a V.A. Neurologist who stated inward growths towards the spinal cord was the root to my problem. Images indicated there was narrowing of cord area that interfered S.C. fluid. I asked if it was operational and he declined the idea. He prescribed Methadone for 2 yrs. He also said i was disabled and sent me on my way. I've been on narcotics for 8 years now. Recently i was diagnosed with cancer of the bladder after a CT-scan. It was in the early stage and not treated with chemo and/or radiation. However, recent scans of chest and belly notes "thoracolumbar spine shows degenerative changes". Should i assume it's worse? History; past smoker, 2 heart attacks, 1 stroke and blood thinners for 15 yrs. Any advice? Thank yo


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replied October 24th, 2014
Back Pain Answer A49710
Thank you for asking

SPinal canal narrowing also known as spinal stenosis is the cause of the pain and idea negating by your doctor is because of the comorbid cardiac profile .

Recent scan are just pointing at degenerative spine and that is age related factor. Conservative management and physiotherapy exercises are the choice for them.

Now the bladder malignancy at the earliest stages, i believe your urologist has to decide what to do next. Let him be the judge of that.

Take care


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