What is Syringomyelia?

What is Syringomyelia?
Syringomyelia (sear-IN-go-my-EEL-ya) (SM)– A chronic, progressive neurological condition where a fluid-filled cyst, known as a syrinx, develops inside the spinal cord, stretching the cord & damaging nerve tissue, destroying the center of the spinal cord. What are the different forms of SM? Generally, there are two forms of SM. The disorder may be related to a congenital abnormality of the brain called Arnold Chiari malformation. A syrinx may then develop in the cervical region of the spinal cord; this is referred to as communicating syringomyelia. Some people with this form of the disorder also have hydrocephalus (water on the brain), a condition in which CSF accumulates in the skull, or arachnoiditis, in which a covering of the spinal cord is inflamed. The second major form of SM occurs as a complication of trauma, meningitis, hemorrhage or tumor. Here, the cyst or syrinx develops in a segment of the spinal cord damaged by one or more of these conditions. The syrinx may start to expand; this is sometimes referred to as noncommunicating syringomyelia. http://www.syringo.org/
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4 Responses to What is Syringomyelia?

  1. Tifani Haywood says:

    I have Cm and SM, I had decompression surgery in July and I am still in so much pain and doctors keep brushing me off like they have for years. My husband and kids are starting to not listen to me jist like doctors and they make me feel as if they dont believe me. Besides the pain I have many other symtoms and doctors say its not releated to either CM or Sm but yet they cant say what else is causing symotoms. this is making me emotionally crazy and I stay to myself.I would very much like a support group and also if you have names of doctors in Arizona. that know and undertstand what we go thru.

    thank you

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    • Hi Tifani,
      My name is Kathie and what are the odds I am on here now? Posting on our blog,lol and we do have a local support group and in fact are having a meeting on 10-17-13, so will let you know via a gmail from our Az Syringo email addy I just sent this weekend!
      There are quite a lot of new people coming to the meeting so if you can make it you won’t feel as if you are the only newbie.
      Glad you contacted us, sorry we met this way!
      Kathie Hall
      AZ Syringo Chiari Support Group


  2. paleyhughett says:

    Thank you so much for teaching us!

    Liked by 1 person

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