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How common is basilar invagination and brainstem bruising?

How common is basilar invagination and brainstem bruising?

Not common: Basilar invagination is not a common problem it can be seen most often in patients with rheumatoid arthritis or congenital anamolies of their cranial-cervical junction (where the skull meets the top of the spine). Brainstem compression can occur if the invagination is significant and/or longstanding. It should be evaluated by a skull base neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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Dr. Melissa Gowans
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Is there any hope for a 80 year old with basilar invagination of C2-3?

Is there any hope for a 80 year old with basilar invagination of C2-3?

Depends on health: If you are an active healthy 80 yo it is less of a risk. However with something like this in a difficult area of the spine its best to seek out an "ultra" specialist in this area. What I mean is find a true cervical spine expert even if it means traveling. This is not you average problem ...Read more

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I think I might have Chiari and maybe a basilar invagination ?

I think I might have Chiari and maybe a basilar invagination ?

Brain issues: If you have symptoms or reason to believe you have any brain malformation please see your doctor. He/she will assess the situation and order the proper tests which is the way to rule out your concern or offer proper treatment. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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If I have an intractable Migraine With Brainstem Aura (Basilar Migraine)... am I likely suffering brain damage? Please be brutally honest.

If I have an intractable Migraine With Brainstem Aura (Basilar Migraine)... am I likely suffering brain damage?  Please be brutally honest.

Honesty is good: Brutality is bad. The likelihood that your headache is an indication of brain damage is very small. Almost zero. But you do need to try to have a conversation w/ a Dr about how to obtain the reassurance you need. I'' refer you to one here. ...Read more

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I have a bruise circling a insect bite,is this common?

I have a bruise circling a insect bite,is this common?

Very common: Many insects inject a small amount of anticoagulant into their bits so they can suck out blood more easily before it clots. This causes some minor local bleeding at the bite site, and thus the bruise around the area. No big deal - it will go away in a few days like any other bruise. ...Read more

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Bruise where there used to be a ringworm. Is that common?

Bruise where there used to be a ringworm. Is that common?

Ringworm bruise: It would be most uncommn to get a bruise after ringworm. Why? The fungus affects the outermost portion of the skin where there is no blood. The skin beneath does get affected, but rarely enough to cause a bruise. Persons whom have clotting disorders or who take blood thinners certainly can get bruising, but this is not common. ...Read more

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Is it common to bruise easily and ache?

Is it common to bruise easily and ache?

No: Easily getting bruised may be due to some systemic problems such as platelet dysfunction. Have it evaluated by a professional. ...Read more

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What are common causes of random bruising and leg pain?

What are common causes of random bruising and leg pain?

Aging: Easy bruising is common with age. Although most bruises are harmless and go away without treatment, easy bruising can sometimes be a sign of a more serious problem. Aging capillaries. Thinning skin. Blood-thinning drugs. Topical and systemic corticosteroids. Blood-clotting problem or a blood disease. Domestic violence or abuse. Consult your doctor if you have unusually large or painful bruises. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of bruises?

What are the common symptoms of bruises?

Bruises : The symptoms are discoloration of the skin an pain to touch. ...Read more

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