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If you have lung cancer, what's the link between high calcium levels and back pain?

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Lung cancer that spreads to the bones can cause calcium levels in your blood to go up, a condition called hypercalcemia. This can cause back pain as well as symptoms like nausea, vomiting, thirst, weakness, and headaches.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Low Back Pain Fact Sheet."

American Cancer Society: "Signs and Symptoms of Lung Cancer."

Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology : "Back Pain in a Patient with Lung Cancer."

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Insight: "Back Pain and Cancer: How Are They Related?"

Mayo Clinic: "Bone Metastasis."

CancerCare: "Caring for Your Bones When You Have Cancer."

Journal of Bone Oncology : "Incidence and consequences of bone metastases in lung cancer patients."

Oncology Reviews : "Bone Metastases: An Overview."

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: "When to Go to the Emergency Room."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Spinal Cord Compression."

Journal of Oncology Practice : "Cancer-Related Hypercalcemia.

JAMA Oncology : "Leptomeningeal Metastases."

Therapeutic Advances in Medical Oncology : "Bone and Brain Metastasis in Lung Cancer."

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "Leptomeningeal Metastases."

Insights Imaging : "Imaging of Urgencies and Emergencies in the Lung Cancer Patient."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on September 26, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Low Back Pain Fact Sheet."

American Cancer Society: "Signs and Symptoms of Lung Cancer."

Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology : "Back Pain in a Patient with Lung Cancer."

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Insight: "Back Pain and Cancer: How Are They Related?"

Mayo Clinic: "Bone Metastasis."

CancerCare: "Caring for Your Bones When You Have Cancer."

Journal of Bone Oncology : "Incidence and consequences of bone metastases in lung cancer patients."

Oncology Reviews : "Bone Metastases: An Overview."

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: "When to Go to the Emergency Room."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Spinal Cord Compression."

Journal of Oncology Practice : "Cancer-Related Hypercalcemia.

JAMA Oncology : "Leptomeningeal Metastases."

Therapeutic Advances in Medical Oncology : "Bone and Brain Metastasis in Lung Cancer."

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "Leptomeningeal Metastases."

Insights Imaging : "Imaging of Urgencies and Emergencies in the Lung Cancer Patient."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on September 26, 2019

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