Tuesday, December 7, 2010
So...a little background.
Travis complains that his back hurts him. Not "in agony" kind of hurt, but enough hurt to stop what he is doing at the time. He has done this for quite some time (years), but its not ALL the time, and was very rarely to begin with. It has become more frequent, and we mentioned it at his 8 year old well check up. The pediatrician didn't notice anything overly concerning, but ordered a spinal xray just to be safe. It showed nothing. Since then, he has complained several time of it bothering him, and so we decided, that with our current health insurance situation, it would be best to push for further testing.
He was sent to an orthopedic doctor, who ordered an MRI for him. The Saturday after Thanksgiving, we took him to the hospital, where he was sedated and had a roughly 2 hour MRI on his spine. Today, we went back to the orthopedic doctor to find out the results.
The MRI shows that Travis has what is called a syrinx in his spinal cord. The syrinx is caused by a condition known as Syringomyelia. The short version of what all that means is: Syringomyelia (sear-IN-go-my-EEL-ya) is a disorder in which a cyst forms within the spinal cord. This cyst, called a syrinx, expands and elongates over time, destroying the center of the spinal cord.
The orthopedic doctor will be sending him to a Neurosurgeon at Duke or Chapel Hill for further testing and treatment. There is no evidence of injury to his spine, or spinal cord, so this is something it seems he was born with, that has worsened.
Here is a link to information about syringomyelia: http://childrensneurosurgery.org/Syringomyelia
I do not know at this time if he will need surgery. All the information I have read say in the ABSENCE of symptoms, surgery is usually not performed, but he definitely has symptoms I would say. So we will just have to wait until he goes to the specialist to find out any more information.