The unwanted, uncontrollable cell growth found in the body, which outnumbers the normal cells, and in turn, turns malignant, is cancer. Some of these grow and spread very fast while others show slow growth. Chordoma is one such, rarely occurring, slow-growing type of bone cancer that occurs on the spine and base of the skull. Chordoma can occur anywhere in the spine, but often in the base or coccyx. As it is a slow-growing type of cancer, the symptoms also occur for a long time before the patient finally chooses to take medical assistance.
Depending on the location of the tumor, the symptoms may vary. If the tumor is in the coccyx area, the pain usually occurs around that part because of general movements or pressure.
Patients usually have symptoms similar to a slipped disk that mainly include excruciating pain while sitting for long or movements of pelvic bone, frailty, clumsiness, numbness, particularly near the groin area or tingling in arms and legs. They may also face bowel or bladder problems. However, one has to understand that pain and weakness to an extent could also mean that the patient is simply having Coccydynia, and only if these symptoms occur for a longer period, should they suspect Chordoma.