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I have occult spina bifida of s1? What problems over lifetime?

I have occult spina bifida of s1? What problems over lifetime?

Probably not much: Spina bifida oculta is often an x-ray finding that causes no major symptoms . However spina bifida can cause symptoms such as weakness of the legs and bladder problems and occasionally a characteristic loss of the sensation in the so called 'saddle' area. ...Read more

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Spina Bifida (Definition)

A birth defect involving incomplete development of the spinal cord or its coverings. The exact cause of the condition is unknown, but a risk factor appears to be low levels of folic acid in a woman's body before ...Read more


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Can Spina Bifida Occulta worsen and develop into Spina Bifida? My MRIs show severe issues in every level of my spine, but only the L5/S1 shows SBO

Can Spina Bifida Occulta worsen and develop into Spina Bifida? My MRIs show severe issues in every level of my spine, but only the L5/S1 shows SBO

No, the anatomical-: -variant has always been there & no need 2 worry. Also it has nothing to do with your complaints. It is usually found incidentally on X-rays. ...Read more

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I am a healthy 32 years old. I have a history of two misscarriages and one premature infant at 32 weeks whodied from complications of congenital hemangioma at the base of skull and ruptured vasa previa. What are the odds of me having a healthy baby?

I am a healthy 32 years old. I have a history of two misscarriages and one premature infant at 32 weeks whodied from complications of congenital hemangioma at the base of skull and ruptured vasa previa. What are the odds of me having a healthy baby?

Don't Give Up!: You should get the advice of 2 specialists: a fertility specialist to check if you have any antibodies, coagulation disorders, hormone problems, fibroids, etc that are complicating your pregnancies. Just in case, you should consider consulting with a geneticist (it would really help if the miscarriages were genetically tested). ...Read more

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If a scope shows that I have colon cancer after 6 months of low iron and other symptoms, what are my chances of survival if i've had it for that long?

If a scope shows that I have colon cancer after 6 months of low iron and other symptoms, what are my chances of survival if i've had it for that long?

DEPENDS: The prognosis for colon cancer does not depend on the length of time that you have had symptoms. It does depend on size and depth of the tumor, if it has spread to lymph nodes or other places and genetics of the cancer itself. Some patients have very advanced tumors with no symptoms while some have symptoms and have a very curable cancer. ...Read more

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I have 2 kids from previous marriage what to have a bay laparoscopy done in jan15. what are chances of having a baby i'm 32 yrs?

I have 2 kids from previous marriage what to have a bay laparoscopy done in jan15. what are chances of having a baby i'm 32 yrs?

Unknown : There's not enough information here to give you an answer, however even if you are given some statistics, those are predictive for a group of people, not for an individual. So there is always hope. See your OB/GYN provider for a more complete evaluation. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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If my brother has spina bifida, will I have a higher chance of having a child with spina bifida?

If my brother has spina bifida, will I have a higher chance of having a child with spina bifida?

Yes but unreliable: As a true genetic link and/or mutation has not been established, we do understand that there is increased risk in a first generation relative with spina bifida. However, most spina bifida is sporadic and difficult to establish a risk. ...Read more

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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?

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. ...Read more

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Common problems arising from a child of ten having spina bifida?

Depends: Urinary incontinence and constipation, of course. That is lifelong. Problems due to insensitivity of the skin, specifically the bottoms of the feet if the child is able to walk. The extent of the problems depends on the level of the lesion. Lumbosacral? Throacolumbar? Thoracic? ...Read more

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I have extra thoracic ribs and a 6 lumbar vertebrae. I have had severe neck back pain and for years. Are the congenital defects linked to a cause?

I have extra thoracic ribs and a 6 lumbar vertebrae. I have had severe neck back pain and for years. Are the congenital defects linked to a cause?

No.: Give me more info. An extra segment is not a known cause of discomfort in itself. Neck and back pain causes are multifactoral. You might profit from reading my book "Stop Your Neck Pain and Headache Now." Isometric and other exercises work. ...Read more

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Hello, wondering if there is any history out there of women attempting vbac after 2 c-sections? I have a spinal fusion from l3-s1.

Hello, wondering if there is any history out there of women attempting vbac after 2 c-sections? I have a spinal fusion from l3-s1.

Speak with your OB : For a detailed answer and risk assessment. Keep in mind that it may be very difficult to place a successful epidural or spinal because of the fusion, so your likelihood of general anesthesia for an urgent/emergent c section is greater. ...Read more

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Mom & I both have lots of muscle spasms. Name of hereditary illnesses like that? We both have a lot of OA. I have cerv. spondyl., she: stenosis/kyphos

Mom & I both have lots of muscle spasms. Name of hereditary illnesses like that? We both have a lot of OA. I have cerv. spondyl., she: stenosis/kyphos

Muscle spasms: Familial causes I have seen relate to low blood potassium. This includes familial hypokalemic periodic paralysis-often comes on with sugar load. Primary aldosteronism can be familial and can cause this. If you K has ever been low then tell your team to consider these. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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I have a 2cm hiatal hernia no symptoms. Chances of it growing in the future ?

I have a 2cm hiatal hernia no symptoms. Chances of it growing in the future ?

Heartburn symptoms?: The size of the hernia is not as important as the presence of symptoms. It is very common to have a hiatal hernia without symptoms. In that setting there is not much cause for concern. Symptoms of reflux, heartburn, trouble swallowing, regurgitation, as well as other atypical symptoms. Weight gain, excessive straining, tight fitting clothes, are some of the reasons symptoms appear or worsen. ...Read more

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Is spina bifida occulta congenital condition? What are the remedies? I get bothering back pain at least once a year but does not affect daily activiti

Is spina bifida occulta congenital condition?
What are the remedies? I get bothering back pain at least once a year but does not affect daily activiti

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 during development and is congenital. An MRI could be helpful to examine the spinal cord to see if there is and tethering. Discuss with you Doc. ...Read more

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What kind of health problems can a baby born at 35 weeks have?

What kind of health problems can a baby born at 35 weeks have?

Usually fine: “Babies born after 35 weeks are only mildly preterm and usually do very well.” (http://www.birth.com.au/premature-baby/survival-of-preterm-babies-gestation#.VVpX1fFdWM8) ...Read more

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Parents carriers of glactosemia 4 children have this 4 dont of which im 1 what ischances that im a carrier do my children need tested sis almost died?

Parents carriers of glactosemia 4 children have this 4 dont of which im 1 what ischances that im a carrier do my children need tested sis almost died?

Yes: You should know if you are a carrier. Your children were likely tested at birth thru routine newborn screening. Most if not all states test everyone for the disease. Carriers are not detected on the screen. Talk to your pediatrician. If your kids are healthy, they don't have the disease, but could still be carriers. ...Read more

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I have chronic (hereditary) degenerative disc disease & in a lot of pain what exercises are recommended?

I have chronic (hereditary) degenerative disc disease & in a lot of pain what exercises are recommended?

See specialist: Make sure that your pain is from the "discs." most people with "degenerative discs" do not have pain. If the discs are causing pain, spinal stabilization exercises are helpful. Strengthening the hip abductors and extensors with appropriate hip flexor stretching is also often useful (a physical therapist can give you an individualized program). Walking or elliptical are good for cardio. ...Read more

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What are the risks of not getting treated. When you have a S curved spine and spina bifida?

Depends type/locatio: This depends on a lot of information on the site of the scoliosis, the type, the angles, etc and invovlement of the spina bifida. See your physician and be referred to a specialist evaluate you ...Read more

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My 14 yo son had an X-ray due to lower back pain and it showed spina bifida occult L5 , and mild wedging deformity T11 what does it mean?

Birth Defect: These are birth defects that occasionally cotribute to back pain.Generally physical therapy is recommended.A pediatric back specialist is the proper specialist.Unless pressure on the disc, there is no neurological issues. ...Read more

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