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Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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I have a syrinx in my spinal cord that causes a lot of back pain. Is it safe to have nerve block injections?

I have a syrinx in my spinal cord that causes a lot of back pain. Is it safe to have nerve block injections?

?location of syrinx: Depends upon location and extent of syrinx.? Possibility of test injection with local anesthetic e.g. Marcaine. Discuss with neurosugeon. ...Read more

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Which is most effective at treating severe chronic neuropathic pelvic pain that has no cause: spinal cord stimulator, nerve block injection or tens?

Which is most effective at treating severe chronic neuropathic pelvic pain that has no cause: spinal cord stimulator, nerve block injection or tens?

It depends: I would consult a pain management physician for this. Definitely try a round of steroid injections or a ten unit first before having a spinal cord stimulator permanently implanted. ...Read more

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Can I have spinal pain injections to relieve the pain from the syrinx inside my spinal cord?

Can I have spinal pain injections to relieve the pain from the syrinx inside my spinal cord?

Syringomyelia : Treating the cause of the syrinx and/or draining the syrinx is the first course of treatment. Injections may be used later as an adjunct to treatment of the syringomyelia. See your neurosurgeon to discuss the treatment options and the best approach for you. ...Read more

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Could a spinal cord syrinx start to cause neuropathic problems despite not changing in size?

Syrinx: Unusual but yes it can happen. It really depends on the size of the syrinx, the smaller and shorter ones this would be quite unusual — in the larger and longer ones this would be more typical but still unusual. ...Read more

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What causes a syrinx within the spinal cord?

What causes a syrinx within the spinal cord?

Syringomyelia: A syrinx can occur from a post-traumtic spinal cord injury. Consult a neurosurgeon who specializes in this to best determine the best course of treatment. ...Read more

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Is genitofemoral nerve block injection given at spinal cord? Pain management doc says it will b performed under anaesthesia, afterwards it hurts lot?

Is genitofemoral nerve block injection given at spinal cord? Pain management doc says it will b performed under anaesthesia, afterwards it hurts lot?

Generally No : Genitofemoral nerve block is a peripheral nerve and it's innervation (where it gets it's feeling from) is at the L1 and L2 spinal nerve levels. Typically, the block is done at the peripheral level in the lower abdomen/pelvic area next to the pubic bone. Sometimes when this technique provides short term benefit, another injection may be performed at the spinal nerve levels to get relief. ...Read more

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My two and a half year old has a 4.3mm syrinx in her spinal cord and her nero surgon says she is not overly concerned is this normal?

My two and a half year old has a 4.3mm syrinx in her spinal cord and her nero surgon says she is not overly concerned is this normal?

Thats less than : 1/4 of an inch... But... Still, a syrinx needs imaging followup and clinical followup. Does your child have an arnold chiari malformation — which commonly can have a benign associated syrinx. ...Read more

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My syrinx is almost wall-to-wall in my spinal cord. If they drain the syrinx will the spinal cord rejuvenate itself?

My syrinx is almost wall-to-wall in my spinal cord.  If they drain the syrinx will the spinal cord rejuvenate itself?

HARD TO PREDICT: If your syrinx is creating a compressive effect within spinal cord, risk of future deterioration is very real indeed, and would try to get this under control before more neurological disability ensues. Although you may not necessarily reverse all the pre-existing issues, the likelihood of prevention and cessation of the damage is very good if surgery is performed. Please discuss fully with doc. ...Read more

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I have a syrinx from the C2-T8 and the doctors said no to spinal blocks for pain....why? I've been referred by my neurologist to have them.

Syringomyelia: It is important to determine the cause of the syringomyelia. It is better to treat the cause or drain the syrinx rather than cover up the pain with cortisone shots. See a neurosurgeon for evaluation and counseling for the best treatment. ...Read more

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Can primary nocturnal enuresis at age 21 be caused by a spinal syrinx or cmt? Does it have to be checked out?

Can primary nocturnal enuresis at age 21 be caused by a spinal syrinx or cmt? Does it have to be checked out?

Both cause enuresis: Presence of syrinx can be associated with primary enuresis. Charcot-marie-tooth usually becomes evident in adolescence, and patients can develop secondary enuresis, although primary enuresis may have been present from birth ; enuresis remained after symptoms of CMT developed without a period of dryness in-between. ...Read more

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If I have symptoms that have me concerned I may have a syrinx in my spine would it still be okay to have a spinal block for a csection?

Depends: Depends in part on the nature and cause of your symptoms. If you are having unexplained neurological symptoms, ideally they would be accurately diagnosed before you undergoing any interventional procedures that involve the spine. ...Read more

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I have a 6mm syrinx noted on cervical MRI at c6-c7. I have no previous major spinal trauma. Should i be concerned? What should I do?

Syrinx : Any syrinx should be investigated specially larger than 3mm. You should have full MRI of brain, thoracic & lumbar spine to r/o any other etiology. You should definitely see a neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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I have a spinal syrinx from t2-t8. Could this be causing chest pain, numbness in fingers and hands and numb feeling skin on my back?

I have a spinal syrinx from t2-t8. Could this be causing chest pain, numbness in fingers and hands and numb feeling skin on my back?

Spinal Syrinx: A spinal syrinx is a rare, fluid-filled neuroglial cavity within the spinal cord (syringomyelia), and if causes pressure on the nerves that innervate the chest, arms and back area, could certainly cause some of those symptoms to occur. See the neurologist for an evaluation and treatment. Best wishes to you. ...Read more

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Was getting a nerve block today and dr and nurse were saying something was really small now I have spinal stenosis and was wondering what they meant?

Was getting a nerve block today and dr and nurse were saying something was really small now I have spinal stenosis and was wondering what they meant?

Spinal stenosis: Spinal stenosis implies that your spinal canal, where the cord resides, is very narrow. This could lead to neurological problem. Let's hope not in your case. ...Read more

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Can a spinal cord stimulator cause pinched nerve?

Can a spinal cord stimulator cause pinched nerve?

If: Placed correctly should help with pinched nerve, sometimes they migrate (leads) go have them checked. ...Read more

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Do herniated disks that press on the spinal cord nerves cause pain in the arm?

Do herniated disks that press on the spinal cord nerves cause pain in the arm?

Herniated Disc: Herniated discs in the cervical (neck) region can compress the spinal cord, nerve leaving the spinal cord, or not compress either. If neurologic compression is present, pain radiating down the arm is a common complaint. Arm or leg numbness or weakness can also be present if spinal cord compression is identified. ...Read more

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Can herniated disks that press on the spinal cord nerves also cause pain in the arm?

Can herniated disks that press on the spinal cord nerves also cause pain in the arm?

Yes: Herniated cervical (neck) disks can compress nerves that serve the arms. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have an adverse reaction or bad side effects to a spinal sympathetic nerve block?

Is it possible to have an adverse reaction or bad side effects to a spinal sympathetic nerve block?

Yes: Any procedure or medical intervention or even medication has potential risks and side effects as well as benefits. ...Read more

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Since compression to the nerves that exit the lower spinal cord cause erectile dysfunction in some men what can be done about it?

Since compression to the nerves that exit the lower spinal cord cause erectile dysfunction in some men what can be done about it?

As above: If u want tretment for the compressed nerve ask u orthopaedist. And if u want treatment for erectyle dysfunction, perhaps u urologist can help. ...Read more

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Can pelvic floor dysfunction be caused by a cyst in the spinal cord surrounding the nerve roots at s1-2? If so, would biofeedback be helpful?

Can pelvic floor dysfunction be caused by a cyst in the spinal cord surrounding the nerve roots at s1-2? If so, would biofeedback be helpful?

Possibly: However, therapy depends on what type of dysfunction and exactly what GYN imaging studies have been done. What is the specific issue related to your pelvic floor dysfunction?: bladder issues? Sexual issues? Pain?
Please specify your symptoms. A spinal cord cysts at S1-2 could cause pelvic issues; however, this is not a common finding. ...Read more

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Would spinal cord stimulation help block pain caused by peripheral neuropathy in the feet?

Would spinal cord stimulation help block pain caused by peripheral neuropathy in the feet?

Quite possibly: Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is used successfully in Neuropathic pain of peripheral nervous system origin. Neuropathic pain is a common healthcare problem with some patients who are refractory to standard treatment guidelines or burdened with the side effects of such treatments. SCS offers a clinical and cost-effective treatment at lower lifetime healthcare cost with better long-term outcomes. ...Read more

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Scrotal trauma led 2 groin pain since 4 mnths. Pain mangmnt. Doc says pulled genitofmoral nerve, asks 2 do nerve root block at spinal cord. Complications?

Scrotal trauma led 2 groin pain since 4 mnths. Pain mangmnt. Doc says pulled genitofmoral nerve, asks 2 do nerve root block at spinal cord. Complications?

Groin pain: Nerve root block is a good choice to stop the pain pattern. However, just trauma induced nerve pull is hard to explain your long time symptoms. You have not told what medication(s) you are taking. If you are taking short acting narcotics, such as lortab, oxycodon for prolonged time, more than 1 week, you may become sensitive to pain sensation, nor narcotic induced pain. Acupuncture might help. ...Read more

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Top causes of spinal cord inflammation?

Myelitis: Multiple sclerosis can present with a partial transverse myelitis; neuromyelitis optica; viral post infectious or acute transverse myelitis; sarcoidosis; compressive myelopathy; infections (syphilis, lyme's disease, poliomyelitis). ...Read more

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What are the causes of spinal cord abscess?

What are the causes of spinal cord abscess?

Multiple reasons: There are multiple causes of spinal cord abscess. The risk factors for spinal infection include:

1. Infection in another location that spreads to the spine (for example — a bladder or kidney infection that then spreads to the spine via the veins)
2. Recent spinal surgery
3. Patient with a compromised immune system (diabetics, smokers, patients with cancer, hiv/aids, patients needing dialysis). ...Read more

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Could spinal cord injury cause cognitive injuries?

Could spinal cord injury cause cognitive injuries?

Not by itself: Spinal cord injury alone does not account for cognitive impairments, however, often there is an overlooked closed head injury to blame. Any injury of sufficient force to cause cord injury could cause concussion. Another possibility is that medications used to treat the effects spinal cord injury (bladder meds, spasticity meds, pain meds) can cause impairments in awareness, memory, etc. ...Read more

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How can cancer cause compression of the spinal cord?

How can cancer cause compression of the spinal cord?

By growing on or : Cancer can affect the bones of the spine leading to deformity or a fracture compressing the spinal cord or the cancer can grow about the spinal cord and enlarge placing compression like a disc herniation or spinal stenosis or even grow fron within the spinal cord leading to compression effects. ...Read more

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When spinal cord tumors cause coordination issues is it constant or transient?

When spinal cord tumors cause coordination issues is it constant or transient?

Spinal cord tumors: Tumors in the central nervous system can often grow very slowly and displace tissue gently. At some point the tumor will cause symptoms either by infiltration, compression or edema. Once the symptoms start they should be constant and progressive. Vascular lesions are much more likely to cause intermittent symptoms. ...Read more

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Nerve Block (Definition)

Just means injecting a nerve with a local anesthetic, like lidocaine, to temporarily cause the nerve to stop working. It's usually done in order to do a procedure painlessly, but can also be done as a therapeutic measure to rest ...Read more