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Cyst In Spinal Column
Canal anatomy: The diameter of the bony spinal canal is largest c1-2, and then in the lumbar spine. The spinal cord ends at l1-2. Generally, the canal is relatively constant in diameter from the cervical to thoracic spine accommodating the cord and providing another 60% of its diameter as a buffer for spinal fluid and tissues. Average diameters are around 17mm throughout and considered critical if under 10 mm. ...Read more
A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more
Mild confusion: The spinal column, the bone and soft tissue segmented column that surrounds/supports/protects the spinal cord, can be repaired. The bundle of nerves that make up the spinal cord, that structure that causes paralysis when injured, cannot be repaired. Why it is so is a bit of a mystery. ...Read more
Two types: The inner part is Type 2, the other parts type 1. ...Read more
My spinal column has burning like sensation. My mid to lower spinal column has indented severely in last few years. What can be the causes?
Hard to say: There are multiple potential causes of back pain that feels like it is up and down the spinal column. A detailed exam and perhaps an MRI will usually determine the cause. Potential causes can include multi level degenerative disc disease, muscle spasm, or multiple level facet arthritis thy to name a few. There are also inflammatory conditions that affect the spine such as ankylosing spondylitis. ...Read more
Needs evaluation.: I suggest you pose this question to a neurologist who can then examine you. ...Read more
A 49 to 48 years old women, she say's that her vertebral column, and or spinal column hurts. Why does this happen, and what are the treatments?
Can height gain be possible after 18 for a female by changing diet and sleeping well with high HGH levels? How can I lengthen my spinal column?
If no growth last yr: An 18 yr old is not growing taller if her growth plates have fused. If not fused, she may grow a tiny bit (pediatrician's growth chart for her can tell if growth has stopped). To look taller, one can choose properly designed clothing ; shoes, and have good posture. Vitamins, supplements, "special" foods, extra exercise, etc... Will not make her taller if she already closed her growth plates. ...Read more
Spine fracture: Depending on the location and the type of fracture, it could be just immobilization in a brace or collar or surgery may be indicated if there is instability. That is typically rare from a fall, though. Have her/h evaluated by a spine trauma specialist to determine the extend of injury and have yourself educated about treatment options. Good luck. ...Read more
Spinal stenosis: Develop an exercise regimen to include walking for 15 min on flat surface, stretching, learning muscle toning isometrics for the paraspinous muscles and abdominal muscles, . Short course on non steroidal antinflamatories, slow but steady weight reduction. ...Read more
Arthritic changes: In the spinal column arthritic changes show up as extra bony growth which can cause pressure on nerves and spasm of muscles...these are called spurs, osteophytes, facet hypertrophy and can even lead to stenosis, or narrowing of the canals the spinal cord and nerves travel through. ...Read more
CRPS L foot. PM dr mentioned spinal column stimulator to ease pain. My CRPS is mild- mod, and controlled in part by meds. Is SCS good option?
Pros and cons: Most clinicians would advise to go with SCS only if meds aren't working OR meds are working but there are risks of long-term side effects (e.g. osteoporosis from phenytoin). Bear in mind that with a SCS you can't get MRIs, so if someone wants you to get an MRI in future the only option will be CT. ...Read more
Compressed right ventral cord @ C4/5 due to disc protrusion. Spinal column 9mm. Severe bilateral foraminal stenosis. Pain. Risks to forgoing surgery?
C4/5 surgery risks: Compressed right ventral cord @ C4/5 due to disc protrusion. Spinal column 9mm. Severe bilateral foraminal stenosis. Pain. Risks to forgoing surgery? ANS: Only you and your team in LA can properly assess risks and benefits of surgery vs watchful waiting in you. You may want to get second opinion as well. Sounds serious to me though. So work with them now. ...Read more
Varies: This depends on your age, smoking history, underlying medical problems, location and type of fracture and if it is truly a new fracture or an incidental finding on an x-ray that was done since you had pain or injured the area and whether this is a stable or unstable fracture and whether there are associated injuries to other structures. ...Read more
Shingles in the middle of your neck? Daughter has a blistering rash at the base of her neck, directly over the spinal column. Painful. Not itchy
Could be shingles: Chicken pox and shingles are due to the same virus (the zoster virus). If a person had chicken pox in the past (even if she doesn't remember having it), she can get shingles, which is a painful rash in a localized area of the body. Patients with shingles should see a doctor right away to get started on medication, and to confirm the diagnosis. Some people may qualify for the shingles vaccine. ...Read more
What is narrowing of the spinal column, its atl4 L5 but have symptoms of a ruptured disk on outer thigh MRI as only 1 image attained clostrophobic?
Spinal Stenosis: Arthritis can cause decreased room in your spinal canal which can produce nerve irritation similar to a herniated disk in certain situations. If you have stenosis at l4-5, you could have pain along the outer thigh, calf and top of foot which would mimic nerve irritation at that level from a herniated disk pushing on the L5 nerve. ...Read more
Why does my spinal column snap and pop from top to bottom since being in a car accident. I also have shaking in my arms and legs.
Full body numbness started in saddle area now even ears numb, MRI scan shows narrowing of spinal column between l4.L5 also have had thyroid problems i?
See below: Disk pathology in the lumbar spine would not cause your whole body to go numb. I would recommend you see a neurologist for further evaluation and clarification of your problem good luck thank you. ...Read more
Could a small arachnoid cyst on frontal lobe and arachnoiditis from spinal block be related? Don't have arachnoiditis but do have back painafterspinal
Arachnoid cyst: Primary arachnoid cysts are the result of developmental abnormalities in the brain and spinal cord that arise during the early weeks of gestation. Secondary arachnoid cysts develop as a result of head injury, meningitis, or tumors, or as a complication of brain surgery. They are unrelated to your spinal tap. If the pain continues more than a week see the doctor who performed the tap. Good luck. ...Read more
Hi had an MRI and radiologist saw subtle change to spinal cord column, what could this be? 30yr female with back ache (was been checked for MS)Thanks
Please repost: 1) The spinal cord and spinal column are 2 different things. Which is it? 2) What KIND of subtle change? 3) What levels? 4) You didn't just wander into an MRI facility & make an impulse purchase. A doctor ordered it, & for a reason. What was the reason? Backache? What is so unusual about your backache that a doctor thought an MRI was worth doing? (Because usually it isn't, for backache.) ...Read more
Mri shows cyst in s2 (racepinephrine). With the presence of cyst, can I go to chiropractor for spinal manipulation for lower back pain? Will it affect cyst?
Difficult to answer,: Because it depends on the type of tumor, along with the size/location of the tumor or cyst. ...Read more
This depends whether: The cyst is large enough to compress the spinal cord or not. If it is small and no compression or edema is noted, then will most likely be okay. If it is big enough and causes any compression, then it may need to be removed. If it is causing compression, will usually see some neuro signs like pain, sensory changes or weakness at and below levels, even paralysis if large without surgical intervent. ...Read more
Had a cyst on my spinal cord 4yrs ago. Diangosis with acm 1 last year however my dr says they are not related. Could I have type 2 instead?
Unlikely Chiari II: Chiari ii malformations tend to be obvious at birth, involving neural tube defects and/or hydrocephalus, so chances are that's not what you have. Cystic dilations of the spinal cord (syringes) are associated with chiari malformations. Your syrinx most likely is related to your chiari I malformation and probably warrants treatment. See a neurosurgeon. ...Read more
No: What you are describing is a syrinx. There is no scientific data to conclusively state that tamoxifen can reduce a syrinx. The one exception may be that if the syrinx is caused by a tumor in the spinal cord that is ultimately responsive to the tamoxifen, then possibly as the tumor shrinks, the cyst may decrease in size. But other than that, no benefit. ...Read more
Spinal arthritis: This is early arthritis of the spine. Like gray hair or wrinkles, there is no cure. However, we can slow the progression with exercise, good weight control, avoiding tobacco products, and building core strength. It is important to maintain good nutrition and to make sure there are no metabolic problems that need to be corrected. ...Read more
My sister has a tarlov cyst at the bottom of her spine and she had a spinal tap done about a month ago now she's in severe pain it hurts to move?
Pain: You need to let your doctor know about these symptoms. ...Read more
What is the treatment of spinal pain at the end of the column below Mok severe pain I can not move. What is the best way to treat the pain of Hama with?
Heat and stretch: Initially you have to have the right diagnosis of what is causing the pain by having a MEIR of your spine and to see a neurologist for complete evaluation there isno home remedies without a proper evaluation saying that using a heat pad and stretching exercise and messages ...Read more