Spinal cord tumors are rare but can cause recurrent and unexplainable pain in the abdomen. Abdominal pain can be an initial symptom in such tumors and can go undiagnosed as a gastric disorder.Lack of neurological symptoms makes it difficult to diagnose the cause of the pain and the tumor may go unnoticed. Abdominal pain generally arises due to inflammation and irritation of the nerve root in the thoracic spine due to compression from the enlarging tumor mass. This is commonly followed by neurological impairments as the disease progresses.

Symptoms:

  • Back pain, spreading to other parts of your body
  • Loss of sensation, especially in the limbs
  • Difficulty in walking
  • Decreased sensitivity to pain, heat and cold
  • Loss of bowel or bladder function
  • Muscle weakness