Spinal spots/lesions

Patient : My doctor found two spots on my thoracic spine and one on my lumbar spine. He ordered two MRI's. One for the thoracic and one for the lumbar. What is he looking for and does this mean cancer since there are three of them?
Symptoms:  Mid to upper back pain. Severe at times but it is always there. I have severe lumbar pain as well. I do get off balance sometimes but never fall. The pain is a burning pain like someone is sticking their knuckle into my back.
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