Re: Tarlov's Cysts Anyone?
I just found that I have one on my C6/C7, Also have a slightly bulging disk C5/C6. The Dr that ordered the MRI said "wow" your c-spine looks great! Yeah, sure, great, other than pain. I have been having severe chronic pain since a car accident 2 years ago which includes pain in that exact location, radiating pain into both arms, head, also TMJ, a movement problem w/ my tongue, chronic headaches, and too many other neurological problems that have been showing up almost every day now. The Dr.'s are fairly reluctant to say that the cyst would be causing any problems but I can't see how it couldn't be when I am symptomatic due to it's location. I certaintly don't think that this is what is causing everything but some at least.
I have done some reading about these cysts, on my own, as dr.'s seem to be unwilling to discuss the fact that it could be causing problems but I have not come up with much other than most are not problematic. I have done some reading about schwanoma's (sp?) and how they are difficult to find. I am wondering if maybe this Tarlov cyst is maybe that, that would sure explain a lot. The radiologist's do miss things sometimes.
They have recently (yesterday) diagnosed me with central pain syndrome as well. I have been on and am currently on many meds, their explanation was that this syndrome requires "sedation".They have tried about 15 different meds on me in the last 2 years but I get extreme side effects from most.
I am sorry I cannot offer much help but can tell you that while these cyst's can be fairly common as they have told me, I DO know that they can cause pain. I am on a mission to find out what is wrong w/ me and this cyst is high on my "suspect" list so hopefully I will find out more w/ the new dr.'s that I am seeing.