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Systemic Lupus Spinal Cord Lesions
Yes: Systemic lupus erythematosis is an auto-immune disorder (antibodies attack the body's own connective tissue in multiple organs). It can be anything from a very mild disorder to one which affects the kidneys, skin, joints, linings of heart or lungs, heart, etc. And yes, the central or peripheral nervous system, including spinal cord. There are many different neurologic manifestations of lupus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What causes spinal stenosis in someone who is 44? I also have lupus & ra. The pain has been debilitating for two weeks now, what are my options?
Many prospects: Stenosis may be caused by any structure that occupies space in the spinal canal leading to crowding of the nerve roots. This could include bulging/herniating discs, thickening of the joints or ligaments and the presence of cysts. This can occur with a single entity or any combination of structures. However, pain may also not be due to stenosis. It could be inflammation, poor blood flow, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am 46 years old. I have ra, lupus, spinal stenosis and a collapsed disc. I am afraid of both getting and not getting afusion done. What are its pros and cons?
You are a high risk : Patient for surgery in terms of wound healing issues, infection and fusion success. That does not mean surgery should not be done if truly indicated and needed understanding this risk. You should get a second opinion and make sure you have exhausted all non op options and discuss various surgical options to minimize risk and increase success rate. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have many chronic conditions. Lupus, spinal stenosis, djd, fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease. My husband doesn't understand my pain. Any ideas?
Go to doc with you: Have your husband attend your appointments with you. Ask the physician, physical therapist, etc. To explain the nature of the conditions to your husband, including the associated pain and toll it takes on you physically and mentally. Seeing a marriage counselor/psychologist could also be helpful. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Type 0 SMA: is the most common. The literature suggests there should be absent reflexes but this is not always the case. Autosomal dominant condition with 1/80 carrier state. There is a blood test for this. ...Read more
Dr. Bennett i. Machanic I have 2 MRI images cervical, how can I get these images to you to see if what i see on spinal cord are in fact lesions?
We have a : Message center, and many patients send directly via this private link. You can contact the webmaster for more specific information, but would be happy to review and provide my opinion. Hope to solve your problems. ...Read more
Does happen: Far less common presentation, but several patients may have initial lesions in spinal cord. However, here's the main challenge: a condition called neuro-myelitis optica might present this way also, and the drugs for ms would make things worse, so get an aquaporin 4 study to make things more precise. ...Read more
Can MS show lesions only in the brain and not in the spinal cord? And what type of MS would this be?
See below: If you have optic neuritis and suspicious lesions in the brain, you have a very high chance of having multiple sclerosis. The absence of lesions in spinal cord is not exclusionary. Although other disorders may cause your issues, would get diagnosis confirmed, and start a potent MS agent ASAP, if that seems to be answer. ...Read more
Can MS lesions be just in spinal cord not brain or visa versa? Also does MS always show up in spinal fluid?
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