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I'm 37 years old have spina bifida occulta which has never really caused much grief except for kidney failure now have numbpatch on leg, tethered cord?

I'm 37 years old have spina bifida occulta which has never really caused much grief except for kidney failure now have numbpatch on leg, tethered cord?

Not likely: A tethered cord may be a problem during periods of rapid growth during childhood. As an adult, it is very unlikely to start causing a problem. Minor numbness is common in normal persons and may be a trapped or pinched nerve. Tight clothing may be a cause or pelvic problems including inflammation of kidney or uterus or ovaries, etc. Discuss this with your doctor. May need pelvic ultrasound.

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What's the difference between spinal bifida and spinal bifida occulta?

What's the difference between spinal bifida and spinal bifida occulta?

Type of spina bifida: The mildest form of spina bifida is spina bifida occulta and is a small separation or gap in one or more of the vertebral bones of the spine. Most people with spina bifida occulta have no signs or symptoms because their spinal nerves are undamaged. Signs sometimes occur in the skin on top of the spinal defect, such as a clump of hair, a dimple, a birthmark, or a lump of fat.

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I had spinal fusion surgery for spina bifida occulta 6 years ago I have chronic back pain what can I do?

I had spinal fusion surgery for spina bifida occulta 6 years ago I have chronic back pain what can I do?

Talk to surgeon: There are various options for the treatment of chronic back pain, however, you might want to check with your surgeon and get their opinion.

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Having just been diagnosed with spinal bifida occulta at 24, I was wondering if there are certain careers to avoid?

Having just been diagnosed with spinal bifida occulta at 24, I was wondering if there are certain careers to avoid?

Not really: This is almost always asymptomatic. Most frequently incidentally diagnosed. I don't think you would need to worry about most careers. But that being said, not all spina bifida occulta looks the same an it may have some associated bony abnormalities that may restrict your activity (pars defects, spondylisthesis etc.) consult with your doctor. All the best!

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Grandbaby has spinal bifida intrauterine. Sono shows. Only movement. Of. Shoulders. Elbows. Knees. Is this conclusive of lower extremity paralysis?

Grandbaby has spinal bifida intrauterine. Sono shows. Only movement. Of. Shoulders. Elbows. Knees. Is this conclusive of lower extremity paralysis?

Suggestive: The spina bifida defect is a variable and the outcome depends both on initial abilities and the effect of surgical intervention after birth. The mess of open nerves and tissue that may present at delivery must be closed to prevent infection and initial movements may be increased or more likely diminished after closure. Functional abilities of all sb patients improve with carefully planned delivery.

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Can cheerleading cause injury and back pain in a teenager with spina bifida occulta?

Can cheerleading cause injury and back pain in a teenager with spina bifida occulta?

Possibly: Spina bifida occulta is a congenital skeletal and therefore musculoskeletal abnormality. It is more a predisposing factor, meaning some people will have problems due to it while others will not. Cheerleading is an energetic sport and involves a lot of stress to the spine. One should remain active but try to find activities that do not aggravate or predispose to pain.

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Would Spina Bifida Occulta cause Grade 2 Spondylolisthesis of L5/S1. Are they both related? Thanks

Possibly: Spina Bifida occulta is often an incidental finding when someone develops back pain and has an x-ray done. This is due to incomplete fusion of the spinous process. This area of the spine usually does not result in instability but if there were other defects, such as the pars, then this could result in the slippage you are describing. Discuss with your Doc.

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Can a spinal tap cause spina bifida?

Can a spinal tap cause spina bifida?

Unlikely: When was the spinal tap done? In utero? Later in life? It is unlikely. Spina bifida is usually the result of a cellular migration disorder and not from a spinal tap.

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Is spina bifida caused by a spinal cord injury or chromosomal disorder?

Is spina bifida caused by a spinal cord injury or chromosomal disorder?

No one knows: There seems to be an interplay of genetic and environmental factors that cause this disease. Women who have had one child with spina bifida, or who are obese or diabetic have an increased chance of having a child with the problem. It is known that taking Folic Acid during the fertile years decreases the chance of having this problem.

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What causes spina bifida? Is spina bifida caused by a spinal cord injury, or a chromosomal disorder?

What causes spina bifida? Is spina bifida caused by a spinal cord injury, or a chromosomal disorder?

Spina: Spina bifida is not an injury. It is a birth defect caused by failure of the nervous system to fully develop. When the embryo is forming, the nervous system starts out as a "neural tube" that is supposed to grow in a very specific way. If it does not, you are left with "neural tube defects" like spina bifida. There is nothing we know of that causes it for sure, but certain things make it more likely. It is more common with children that have trisomy 13, 18, or 21, but that is just an association, not a cause. They are very common, and the only thing we know of that might help prevent them is for the mother to take folate (folic acid). The hard part about that is the mother has to take folate (folic acid) very early in the pregnancy, often before she even knows she is pregnant. That is why the all women of child-bearing age are advised to take at least 0.4 mg of Folic Acid every day.

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Grade2 Spondy L5/S1& spina bifida occulta. Low back pain on right. What would cause sharp moving pain along inguinal ligament? GP palpation normal

Grade2 Spondy L5/S1& spina bifida occulta. Low back pain on right. What would cause sharp moving pain along inguinal ligament? GP palpation normal

Inguinal ligament: Maybe the ligament itself is injured? But there is no pain with palpation? It is not likely to be from your lower back spondylosis. That would be more likely to affect your feet and calves. Here is some info about the inguinal ligament: http://sportsmedicine. Answers. Com/other-injuries/injuries-to-the-inguinal-ligament

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I have spina bifida & I sit in a wheelchair & over the past few days the nerves in one of my legs has been making my leg slightly jiggle. Normal?

I have spina bifida & I sit in a wheelchair & over the past few days the nerves in one of my legs has been making my leg slightly jiggle. Normal?

Spasms: Muscle spasms, or spasticity is common in spina bifida. It can become temporarily worse if you have a bladder infection, constipation, or a skin sore. See a neurologist or physiatrist to have it checked out. Antispasmodic medications (not just a 'muscle relaxant') can help. You may also need to treat an infection, constipation, or skin sore, if present.

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I'd spina bifida, later 1y ago I have untethering due to swelling in the lower spine. From then I've leg weakness. Age25 unable to walk, before able to.

I'd spina bifida, later 1y ago I have untethering due to swelling in the lower spine. From then I've leg weakness. Age25 unable to walk, before able to.

Spina bifida: If you have progressive weakness and unable to walk after release of a tethered cord then return to see your neurosurgeon. There may be a new structural problem or you may need physical and occupational therapies to restore your ability to walk.

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Having extreme lower back pain, left hip & radiating down my left leg. I was diagnosed with acute spina bifida when I was 12. Should I be concerned?

Having extreme lower back pain, left hip & radiating down my left leg. I was diagnosed with acute spina bifida when I was 12. Should I be concerned?

Different problems: You have sciatica now. This is typically caused by an annular tear in an intervertebral disc or a disc herniation. The type of spina bifida you have is likely spina bifida occulta, not a problem.

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Blood test to detect spinal bifida in unborn babies?

Screening/ Diagnosis: Screening tests take general populations (pregnant) and selects sub groups that have a higher risk of a problem. The AFP test looks for a material that can show up in the blood & suggest a higher risk of a spina bifida. If the test shows a higher risk, a selective test, like high resolution ultrasound can be done to look for the spina bifida.

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Blood test for spinal bifida?

Blood test for spinal bifida?

MSAFP.: The maternal serum Alpha feto protein (msafp) test is a blood test that can be given to the mother during her pregnancy. If the levels are increased, it should be followed up by two tests - an ultrasound of the fetal spine and amniocentesis of the mother's amniotic fluid (to test for alpha-fetoprotein and acetylcholinesterase).

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