Originally Posted by canadachik
I took the MRI to the orthopedic surgeon but he told me he doesn't do necks so I'll have to see someone else for this. I am still left wondering about what this cyst is. I was wondering too, if it's something that's been here since day 1 but I'm not sure. I'm not even sure where C7-T1 is lol. I think it's at the base of the neck though right? My family doctor, on my last visit with him, said that the cyst was on my lower back but the MRI report says C7-T1 and I don't think that's lower back. He was very rushed going over everything with me including the MRI so it doesn't surprise me if he'd make a mistake. He has always been very careless. The MRI was of my neck so I don't imagine anything on my lower spine would show up on that!
C7 is the 7th bone in the cervical spine.....it would be located right around the shoulder blades. T-1 is the first in line in the Thoracic spine. My son's was in the T7-T11,rather large....
As to if this was always there, we will never know that. Only an MRI when you were younger would tell you that you were predisposed to a Syrinx.
More than likely, since you have abnormality in the vessel supply to the cyst area and the small cyst itslef, the concern is will the pain worsen, and will the cyst grow. Many times, surgery is not needed. But cysts ont he spinal cord will need to be followed at least every 6 months to a year to make sure it is not growing anymore. The more it grows, the more neurological symptoms you may possess may progress and worsen. Some functions may not ever return. Some Neuros will not do anything till this happens. Some want to take care of it before hand to avoid it getting worse and causing scoliosis. It really depends on how vocal you are about your pain and what your comfort level is.
Just so you know: My son had his surgery for his syrinx on 6/25.
I won't lie, he was in horrible pain that first day. He was walking the second day, by the 4th day we were released from the hospital. After being home, he was sore for a few days but on nothing but Motrin. It has been 1 month and alittle more than a week. He is doing everything better than before. He can now write again, no longer complains of numbness and Pins and needles, can keep his temperature with the rest of us (he use to sweat so bad at night, we would have the ac on 65 and he had a ceiling fan, and two other fans on him just to sleep) and we are hoping his 0-43 degree curve in his spine will relax some. (The scoliosis was what tipped us off to this as he went from 0-43 degrees in less than a year and his curve was left, which usually means SYRINX). We have a repeat MRI 8/23 to make sure the cyst has not come back or relocated int he spine. Hoping for a good outcome!
But I think you are in the right direction.....it would sound to me that this was from the whiplash affect of your accident. I wish you luck!