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I have Myelomalacia

Does. OxyContin cause it?


  • Welcome to th Forum Mike. I have a question, what is Myelomalacia? As far as the causes, have you tried a search on both the disease, and the side effects of. Oxycontin? What does your Dr say ?
  • Jonny ZeroJonny Zero Posts: 69
    edited 08/24/2014 - 5:55 AM
    Myelomalacia is a pathological term referring to the softening of the spinal cord. Hemorrhagic infarction (bleeding) of the spinal cord can occur as a sequel to acute injury, such as that caused by intervertebral disc extrusion (being forced or pressed out).

    The disorder causes flaccid paraplegia (impairment of motor function in lower extremities), total areflexia (below normal or absence of reflexes) of the pelvic limbs and anus, loss of deep pain perception caudal (toward the coccyx, or tail) to the site of spinal cord injury, muscular atrophy (wasting away of muscle tissue), depressed mental state, and respiratory difficulty due to intercostal (muscles that run between the ribs) and diaphragmatic paralysis. Gradual cranial migration of the neurological deficits (problems relating to the nervous system), is known as ascending syndrome and is said to be a typical feature of diffuse myelomalacia. Although clinical signs of myelomalacia are observed within the onset (start) of paraplegia, sometimes they may become evident only in the post-operative period, or even days after the onset of paraplegia. Death from myelomalacia may occur as a result of respiratory paralysis when the ascending lesion (abnormal damaged tissue) reaches the motor nuclei of the phrenic nerves (nerves between the C3-C5 region of the spine) in the cervical (neck) region.

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    copied from ................wikipedia.org/wiki/Myelomalacia

    Post Edited by Liz The Spine-Health Moderator Team
    4 Level (C5-T2) Posterior Instrumented Fusion w/ Decompression (Car Accident in January 2014)
    And I can't forget that I'm not ashamed, to be the person that I am today.
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  • MikethepikeMMikethepike MIchiganPosts: 681
    Most likely I should not try to over do tiring myself out. I should stay away from over stressing my muscles or even my mind?
    In other words chill out right?
  • Sandi, that's good advise to Mike. Reading up on this condition us pretty scary. I have just review the results if my MRI. I'm reading ...comparable with myelomalacia. I was just at my dr and she referred me to my neurolsurgeon. I had ACDF on nov. 8, 2013. No one ever mentioned this condition at this time. I know my spinal chord was being compressed before the surgery causing concern. I had no pain, just numbness in my left hand. The surgery went really good and recivery was not as difficult as I had anticipated. I lost my voice and had to have vocal chord injections. My voice pretty much came back. I still do gave some trouble breathing but I think that's getting better. I had corpectomy and fusions in c3-7.everything is still in place despite a couple falls since my surgery. Hopefully, I will see my neurosurgeon so I can get some clarification on thus MRI. Myeloma lacuna is a pretty devastating disease from everything I've read. I will try to take your advise to not jump to conclusions. Is there a thread on here of people with this diagnosis that you might refer me too.? I'd like to hear what others have to say. Thanks margaret
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