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    Old 02-21-2016, 01:09 PM   #1
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    Cervical Myelomalacia; Lumbar Tarlov Cysts

    Hello friends!

    This is my first post and am not sure what to expect. I would like to ask information to those of you who may suffer cervical and lumbar spine pain due to various issues.

    I have been in pain for over 30 years, have had X-Rays and MRIs, and some Physical Therapy 3 years ago. I was prescribed NSAIDs (Naproxen, and others), but nothing else. Not much pain relief! Monday 22 Feb I am seeing a spine surgeon to see what his recommendations may be.

    I have had new MRIs of the cervical and lumbar spine, last week; I have the results, which have showed lots of issues. Two of these issues are NEW (to me, at least!) and wonder if you can help me with them:
    1. "Minimal Myelomalacia within the cervical spinal cord at the level of C5-C6."
    2. "Note is made of Tarlov Cysts at the level of the second sacral segment, larger on the left."

    I have researched the topics online, but have not found much information; however, one video suggested to contact a group that could provide not only information, but also support -- So here I am! Any information/support you could provide, will be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks to All! D.

     
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    Old 02-23-2016, 10:43 AM   #2
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    Re: Cervical Myelomalacia; Lumbar Tarlov Cysts

    I see if I had reread this post before answering the other one, I would have known how long you have been in pain. Have things recently changed...like your pain is now quite a bit worse?

    Tarlov cysts are fluid-filled cysts that can put pressure on a spinal nerve, resulting in pain and compression of the nerve. They are benign and are usually ignored unless the symptoms become unbearable. They cannot be drained as one might do with another type of cyst as the fluid just fills right back in.

    I will assume that the surgeon explained myelomalacia to you and why surgery is usually recommended to address it....although not always is it needed right away.

     
    Old 02-23-2016, 06:50 PM   #3
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    Re: Cervical Myelomalacia; Lumbar Tarlov Cysts

    Sent by accident ....

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    Old 02-23-2016, 07:19 PM   #4
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    Hi T! No worries. I noticed you are quite busy answering questions of those, like me, need a little clarity and supportive words. So I appreciate you taking the time to answer me. ☺

    I wrote a lengthy reply (sorry!) to your first post; however, I am not finding it on the site anymore. It is "floating" around this site, I guess! I believe all your questions are answered there.

    Wanted to add I just picked up the CD and report of the August 2012 MRI of the Cervical Spine. This is the MRI used as comparison for the one taken last week. From a "layman" perspective, the difference in 3.5 yers is quite astounding! The earlier report does not address any disc bulging, herniation, or changed lordosis of the c-spine. It also doesn't mention the myelomalacia. However, the latest radiologist states that, as compared to the 2012 MRI, the Myelomalacia is "more conspicuous.". Oh well ...

    Thanks T!
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    Old 02-28-2016, 06:57 AM   #5
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    Re: Cervical Myelomalacia; Lumbar Tarlov Cysts

    One would expect that finding since myelomalacia is a progressive disease.

    However, the first MRI may have shown things that were not mentioned in the report. What you need is to have a spine surgeon look at the MRIs side by side and compare the images. Radiologists only know so much. Hopefully the spine specialist will pick up on the subtleties.

     
    Old 02-29-2016, 09:02 AM   #6
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    Thanks T. Yes, it does make sense ... you are right! I will show both CDs to the orthopedic surgeon; he should be able to see the differences.

    Thanks again T!

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    Let us know what you find out. Good luck, and try not to worry.

     
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