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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.

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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 tens unit first before having a spinal cord stimulator permanently implanted.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Should I worry about the 10 mm syrinx cavity spinal cord?

Should I worry about the 10 mm syrinx cavity spinal cord?

Yes: You should make sure they did an MRI with contrast to exclude a mass and scan your brain to exclude a chiari malformation.

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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?

That's less than: 1/4 of an inch... But... Still a syrinx needs imaging followup and clinical followup. Does your child have a arnold chiari malformation - which commonly can have a benign associated syrinx.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Is it possible to have an adverse reactions or bad side affects 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.

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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