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Old 10-12-2002, 10:59 AM   #1
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herniated disk and associated syrinx

Hello all,
My fiancee just found out that she has a herniated disk in addition to a syrinx in the cervical spine. It's not too big right now, but we're both very concerned about the future. The neurologist talked with us about the general ways of treatment, but it all sounds very scary. Does anyone have any experience with this problem? We would consider surgery to drain the syrinx and of course fix the disk, but the doctor talked about inserting shunts to drain the syrinx. How successful or unsuccessful is that? Please help.
take care,
bharb

 
Old 10-15-2002, 07:22 PM   #2
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Re: herniated disk and associated syrinx

Hi Bharb!
My name is Cathleen, 33yr old and I too was just diagnosed with a Thoracic Syrinx as well as Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. I am just as confused. I also had a Cervical Discectomy & Fusion at levels C5-6-7 last summer with not much relief from my pain. I can't believe I finally found a doctor (Neurologist)about a month ago who correctly diagnosed me after 6 1/2 yrs of pain (from auto accident)! He gave me some exercises to do for the TOS and I have a consult w/ my surgeon in Nov. I will let you know what I find out.

Good luck to your fiancee!
I feel her pain!
Cathleen

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