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Can deep brain stimulation fix my syringomyelia?

Can deep brain stimulation fix my syringomyelia?

DBS & Syrinx: No. DBS can not treat Syringomyelia (Syrinx). A Syrinx is a structural defect in the spinal cord. DBS treats disorders such as Parkinson disease, Essential Tremor and Dystonia that deal with neurotransmitter deficits and incorrect signaling of neurons. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Hutchman
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Deep Brain Stimulation (Definition)

Deep brain stimulators are used in the treatment of parkinson's and tremors. A person is scanned with a MRI or ct frame on their head. A burrhole is then made and a stimulator wire is passed into a precise deep brain target. This is connected to a stimulator which placed under the skin. They are very expensive but ...Read more


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What can numb the pain from deep brain stimulation for ocd?

What can numb the pain from deep brain stimulation for ocd?

No pain, but caution: The brain itself has no pain-sensitive nerve fibers, so deep brain stimulation does not cause pain. Blood vessels, their supporting structures, and the protective coverings around the brain are innervated, though. Dr. Benjamin greenberg, a pioneer in this area, advises caution when considering this therapy -- it's for extremely intractable cases only. http://tinyurl.com/9ylzdsf. ...Read more

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What is deep brain stimulation for?

What is deep brain stimulation for?

DBS Used For?: Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is used to treat idiopathic Parkinson Disease, Cervical Dystonia, Essential Tremor, Generalized Dystonia (DYT1) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. It is also being researched for the treatment of Epilepsy and Depression. ...Read more

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Can deep brain stimulation cause cognitive problems?

Can deep brain stimulation cause cognitive problems?

Possibly: Dbs holds promise as a treatment for parkinson's disease, depression, and ocd. It is still listed as an experimental treatment by the nimh. Possible side effects include: bleeding in the brain or stroke, infection, disorientation or confusion, unwanted mood changes, movement disorders, lightheadedness, and trouble sleeping. It's experimental so other as yet unidentified side effects may occur. ...Read more

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Can deep brain stimulation cure Parkinson's disorder?

Can deep brain stimulation cure Parkinson's disorder?

No, but very helpful: Deep brain stimulation therapy of the stn (sub-thalamic nucleus) or gpi (globus pallidus interna) can greatly improve "on" time (good function with minimized symptoms) & greatly reduce dyskinesia (twisting, writhing, jerking movements during "on" time). Good candidates must be not demented, psychiatrically stable, & still demonstrating good symptom relief from meds, but with inconsistent results. ...Read more

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Can brain surgery help to fix dystonia?

Can brain surgery help to fix dystonia?

Dystonia: Deep brain stimulation, usually done in combination with neurosurgeons and neurologists has been shown to effectively treat some patients with dystonia. ...Read more

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Can spinal decompression therapy cause nerve damage? Doesn't it stretch out the nerve too?

Can spinal decompression therapy cause nerve damage? Doesn't it stretch out the nerve too?

Pinched nerve relief: Purpose of spinal decompression is to prevent or halt nerve damage. Microdiscectomy is minimally invasive and mostly successful in hands of experienced neurosurgeon. Decompression by laminectomy is more invasive, sometimes necessary with more risk of nerve damage.. Inversion therapy (hanging upside down) is a possible non surgical, usually temporary, treatment. ...Read more

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Can stuttering be caused by emotional trauma or head surgeries? No matter how many specialists I see I can't shake my severe stutter. 

Can stuttering be caused by emotional trauma or head surgeries? No matter how many specialists I see I can't shake my severe stutter. 

Stuttering biologic?: I'm not an expert in this area but a psychiatrist i knew treated himself successfully with a newer antipsychotic medication. This off label use has many risks & highly recommend other attempts with relaxation and antianxiety medications first. But a low dose of a second generation antipsychotic might be worth a try in severe stuttering. This may be a clue that stuttering is a movement disorder. ...Read more

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How to treat permanent spasm verifyied on exam (emg) affecting whole body? Possible cause: too much post traumatic stress. They are like "shocks".

How to treat permanent spasm verifyied on exam (emg) affecting whole body? 

Possible cause: too much post traumatic stress.

They are like "shocks".

More spasms?: Have you a brain mri? Seen a neurologist? At 24 years old with these symptoms would start from the top (brain) and move downwards (muscle unit). Would try to get a formal diagnosis first. Things like isaac's syndrome, multiple sclerosis, stiffperson's syndrome, etc... Need to be ruled out first before ascribing it to "too much posttraumatic stress". ...Read more

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Can overdrainage/suction of CSF through a lumbar drain cause brain damage, paralysis/death? How much fluid would it take for this damage to occur?

Can overdrainage/suction of CSF through a lumbar drain cause brain damage, paralysis/death? How much fluid would it take for this damage to occur?

Yes but this is : Variable based on age/size of person as well as underlying medical issues/condition as well as the rate of drainage as CSF is constantly restored. ...Read more

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Have disc bulge l4-5 causing sciatica but because had brain surgery to remove a haematoma on brain caused by avm 4 months ago can't take painkillers?

Have disc bulge l4-5 causing sciatica but because had brain surgery to remove a haematoma on brain caused by avm 4 months ago can't take painkillers?

3 good spine txs:: 1) Exercise https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20zybMbnVoU 2) Medication, ie gabapentin http://www.spine-health.com/forum/pain/sciatica-leg-pain-radiculopathy/gabapentin-sciatic-nerve-pain 3) Epidural injection https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqL9gzVkAJQ ...Read more

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What can vagus nerve stimulation therapy do for epilepsy?

What can vagus nerve stimulation therapy do for epilepsy?

Prevent seizures: Vagus nerve stimulation (vns) is designed to prevent seizures by sending regular, mild pulses of electrical energy to the brain via the vagus nerve. These pulses are supplied by a device something like a pacemaker. http://www.epilepsy.com/epilepsy/vns. ...Read more

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How much could Ayurveda treatment help in disc prolapse and cord compression?

How much could Ayurveda treatment help in disc prolapse and cord compression?

Not likely to help: Ayurvedic treatment is not likely to have any effect on disc prolapse and cord compression, as the symptoms are due to a part of the disc physically pressing on one's spinal cord or spinal nerves. Some sort of neurosurgical procedure is usually needed to move or remove the part that is compressing the spinal cord. ...Read more

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What to do if my brain stem injury due to chiropractic neck alignments?

What to do if my brain stem injury due to chiropractic neck alignments?

Spine Specialist: Recommend seeing a fellowship trained spine/pain specialist. ...Read more

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Can spinal cord injury (no known trauma) cause twitching through out the body? MRI of brain normal. Take magnesium, calcium, D3, but no help.

Can spinal cord injury (no known trauma) cause twitching through out the body? MRI of brain normal. Take magnesium, calcium, D3, but no help.

Unlikely: What type of spinal cord injury might you be referring to if you are saying there is no trauma in the history? In addition, for twitching throughout the entire body to be related to spinal cord damage that would imply that virtually the entire spinal cord itself would have to have been affected and that is highly improbable. Bottom line-spinal cord injury not responsible for body twitching. ...Read more

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How long can spinal stenosis n ruptured discs press on nerve roots before causing permanent damage?

How long can spinal stenosis n ruptured discs press on nerve roots before causing permanent damage?

Depends: Intense pressure can damage nerves instantly. Permanent damage may result if the nerves are not decompressed on time. Often, even large disc herniations may occur without any neuro damage to speak of. Ask your local neurosurgeon for an evaluation to discern if any nerves are at risk here. ...Read more

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I know chiropractor neck manipulation can cause stroke from their violent twisting, but can a slow and gentle self neck manipulation cause a stroke?

I know chiropractor neck manipulation can cause stroke from their violent twisting, but can a slow and gentle self neck manipulation cause a stroke?

TIA: When there is build up of material in the lining of the neck vessels aka plaque or atherosclerosis, firm manipulation of the overlying tissues may cause a tiny piece to break off and enter the brain. This piece may lodge in a small vessel. Thereby causing interruption of blood flow to that area. If the interruption is brief then transient stroke like symptoms may occur aka tia. ...Read more

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Can white matter on brain MRI be some kind of connection with my chiari malformation? Can it be spinal fluid build up?

Can white matter on brain MRI be some kind of connection with my chiari malformation? Can it be spinal fluid build up?

Come again?: Brain consists of gray matter (neurons' cell bodies) & white matter (connecting fiber tracts). Chiari malformation has to do with position of cerebellum at base of brain. These 2 things aren't related at all. Finally, can WHAT be spinal-fluid buildup? You'll understand much better if you educate yourself about brain anatomy. There are good sources for laypeople. It's NOT beyond your ability. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Falci
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Syringomyelia (Definition)

Syringomyelia is the development of a fluid-filled cavity or syrinx within the spinal cord, which may be related to blockage of the Cerebrospinal Fluid ...Read more