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How To Encourage Effacement
Being pressed on: This means the nerve root is being pressed on as it exits the spine. For example, it could be pressed on by a disc or by changes in the bones or ligaments related to arthritis. However, just because a scan may show the nerve being pressed on doesn't mean it is causing symptoms. This has to be decided after speaking with and examining the patient. ...Read more
Are you: referring to a spine MRI? The lateral recesses are regions along the sides of the spinal canal through which nerve roots run after exiting the dural sac. Effacement means that the space is compromised, usually by a disc or degenerative change, and the nerve root may be compressed. ...Read more
Can't say: specifically without more information or viewing the images, but it is likely referring to mass effect due to the downward displacement of the cerebellar tonsils through the foramen magnum seen in Chiari 1. Normally csf surrounds the cervical cord, the cerebellar tonsils in Chiari occupy this space and "efface" the csf space., so this can create an obstruction to normal csf flow or press on cord. ...Read more
Don't rush: Mother nature will take care of your effacement when the baby is ready. You still have another month to go, so be patient. The longer baby stays inside, the better. So many soon-to-be moms are anxious to give birth, but it best to wait until your body puts you into labor in most cases. Let nature take its course and relax and rest in the meantime. Congratulations ! ...Read more
Bulging disc: The disc at the l5-s1 level is bulging and causing pressure on the spinal sack, but not causing nerve compression. Most of this type of findings on MRI are asymptomatic or possibly a cause of back pain. Core strengthening, pain management, and rarely surgery can improve symptoms. ...Read more
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