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Which part of the spinal column has the narrowest canal for the cord to pass through?

Which part of the spinal column has the narrowest canal for the cord to pass through?

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

Cyst (Definition)

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


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Why is impossible to repair a spinal column.?

Why is impossible to repair a spinal column.?

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

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What are the 5 sections of the spinal column?

What are the 5 sections of the spinal column?

Oh back again?: Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar, Sacrum and Coccyx also known as the tailbone. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Degeneration: Your description of the indenting suggests possible deformity, such as scoliosis. This can occur with degeneration of the spine (disks, joints are arthritic). The pain may also be coming from this process. You may wish to see a spinal specialist. ...Read more

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Why does my spinal column feel bruised?

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

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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?

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?

Spine pain: This can be many things: arthritis, a herniated vertebral disc, nerve compression, simple muscle strain, tumor, etc. Baseline xrays are needed to really narrow the diagnosis down. ...Read more

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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?

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

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My friend fractured a spinal column while doing gymnastics. What the treatments be?

My friend fractured a spinal column while doing gymnastics. What the treatments be?

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

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Sciatica caused by narrowing of spinal column treatment?

Sciatica caused by narrowing of spinal column treatment?

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

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What are osteophytes, sclerosis, spurring...in relation to X-ray findings of the spinal column?

What are osteophytes, sclerosis, spurring...in relation to X-ray findings of the spinal column?

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

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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

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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

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Hairline fracture in spinal column how long will it take to heal?

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

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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

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

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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?

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

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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.

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.

See a back surgeon: You need to be examined, undergo imaging studies and have a detailed evaluation both diagnostically and therapeutically. Please do this soon. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Could a small arachnoid cyst on frontal lobe and arachnoiditis from spinal block be related? Don't have arachnoiditis but do have back painafterspinal

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

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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

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

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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?

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?

No it will not: Affect the cyst, which is most likely a tarlov cysts, also known as perineurial cysts, which is an incidental finding on your mri, and not likely causing you any symptoms. Therapy does not affect the cyst. ...Read more

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Which is more serious? A spinal tumor or spinal cyst?

Which is more serious? A spinal tumor or spinal cyst?

Difficult to answer,: Because it depends on the type of tumor, along with the size/location of the tumor or cyst. ...Read more

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If cyst exist in the spinal cord for a baby what is its effect on the baby?

If cyst exist in the spinal cord for a baby what is its effect on the baby?

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

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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?

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

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Can tamoxifen help reduce an intramedullary (inside spinal cord) cyst?

Can tamoxifen help reduce an intramedullary (inside spinal cord) cyst?

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

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What to do if I have 3 bulging disc, ddd, spinal cyst, and schmorl's node only 23 yrs old!?

What to do if I have 3 bulging disc, ddd, spinal cyst, and schmorl's node only 23 yrs old!?

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

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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?

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