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  • Posted By: rhlord
  • August 20, 2009
  • 08:47 PM

My 30 year old daughter started feeling numbness in her abdomen. Hernia ruled out. Within weeks, she was having excruciating pain in her lower back - found small annular tears in L3/4 and a cyst in thoracic region flattening spinal cord. Now, her hands have gone numb and she cannot drive or work. There must be someone out there who can find a diagnosis...Thank you

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  • Has she been tested for Lyme?
    kermworm 81 Replies
    • August 21, 2009
    • 00:15 PM
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  • Has she been tested for Lyme?Dunno, will have to check with doctor. She hasn't been anywhere to come in contact with ticks though and hasn't seen/removed any. She rarely goes outside, except to lunch, dinner or a movie. We live in a large city with mostly concrete, no woods unless you go looking for them.
    rhlord 3 Replies
    • August 23, 2009
    • 06:14 AM
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  • Well, firstly let me share with you that the internet is the absolutely poorest venue to locate a diagnosis for any health concern. Having said that, I'm somewhat puzzled by your posting from the standpoint of whether the underlying problem for the paresthesia or numbness being experienced by your daughter has been located. If I understand your description correctly, she appears to have a syringomyelia causing cord compression. The numbness in her hands would occur at the lower cervical points, from about C5 through C8, which is referencing the nerve outlets and not the vertebrae. If the symptoms began at the hip girdle and the umbilicus, it would not be uncommon at all for other symptoms to appear above this region and is characteristic of the effects of a syringomyelia. A syringomyelia can be dormant for many months or years with no symptoms and then suddenly begin producing effects such as those being described in your daughter. The annular tears at the lumbar region can be symptomatic as well, depending upon their specific characteristics. At the age of thirty, however, these tears would not typically appear spontaneously as they might sometimes with advancing age and I would inquire at this point whether she had suffered any type of previous injury such as a car accident or other trauma at an earlier point in life. It should also be noted that a syringomyelia can form as a consequence of trauma in some instances. Again, I'm not certain whether the doctors have provided you with sufficient information regarding her condition but in the presence of factors such as those described, it appears that the cause for your daughter's symptoms may have already been determined. Incidentally, her symptoms would not be consistent with Lyme disease. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
    JCottleMD 580 Replies
    • August 23, 2009
    • 01:17 PM
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  • Well, firstly let me share with you that the internet is the absolutely poorest venue to locate a diagnosis for any health concern. Having said that, I'm somewhat puzzled by your posting from the standpoint of whether the underlying problem for the paresthesia or numbness being experienced by your daughter has been located. If I understand your description correctly, she appears to have a syringomyelia causing cord compression. The numbness in her hands would occur at the lower cervical points, from about C5 through C8, which is referencing the nerve outlets and not the vertebrae. If the symptoms began at the hip girdle and the umbilicus, it would not be uncommon at all for other symptoms to appear above this region and is characteristic of the effects of a syringomyelia. A syringomyelia can be dormant for many months or years with no symptoms and then suddenly begin producing effects such as those being described in your daughter. The annular tears at the lumbar region can be symptomatic as well, depending upon their specific characteristics. At the age of thirty, however, these tears would not typically appear spontaneously as they might sometimes with advancing age and I would inquire at this point whether she had suffered any type of previous injury such as a car accident or other trauma at an earlier point in life. It should also be noted that a syringomyelia can form as a consequence of trauma in some instances. Again, I'm not certain whether the doctors have provided you with sufficient information regarding her condition but in the presence of factors such as those described, it appears that the cause for your daughter's symptoms may have already been determined. Incidentally, her symptoms would not be consistent with Lyme disease. Best regards, J Cottle, MDDear Dr. Cottle,I agree with your message about the internet being the worst place in the world to search for answers, but sometimes people become desperate for an answer. Unfortunately, the neurosurgeon doesn't think he's found any answers and insists she should not have any pain or numbness from a cyst flattening her spinal cord. You have given me more to work with than anything the doctor has said. Thank you again, I am trying to schedule an appointment with a medical college's a few hours away in order to find someone who might be able to help before any permanent damage is done.
    rhlord 3 Replies
    • August 24, 2009
    • 00:24 AM
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  • Have you ever experienced damages in your spinal cord? Or have you ever experienced heavy labor work? It may be the cause of your symptoms.
    MONDAY 10 Replies
    • August 24, 2009
    • 03:25 AM
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  • Have you ever experienced damages in your spinal cord? Or have you ever experienced heavy labor work? It may be the cause of your symptoms.Thanks for your interest. My daughter has not suffered any trauma that we're aware of and doesn't do any heavy lifting. Thank you for taking the time to respond.
    rhlord 3 Replies
    • August 25, 2009
    • 00:14 AM
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