Abstract. Narrowing of the intervertebral disc space with sclerosis of the adjacent vertebral bodies may occur as a consequence of infection, neoplasia, trauma, or rheumatic disease. Some patients have been described with backache and these radiological appearances without any primary cause being apparent.
What does sclerosis in spine mean?
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition of the central nervous system. People with MS experience damage to the outer coating of the nerve fibres that carry messages (nerve impulses) from the brain along the spinal cord and to the rest of the body. This coating is called the myelin sheath.
Can sclerosis of the spine be cured?
There is no cure for multiple sclerosis. Treatment typically focuses on speeding recovery from attacks, slowing the progression of the disease and managing MS symptoms. Some people have such mild symptoms that no treatment is necessary.
Is sclerosis of the spine painful?
Musculoskeletal pain can occur as a result of changes that the disease causes to the body overall. In other words, muscle weakness, muscle deconditioning, immobility, and additional stress on bones, muscles, and joints that are caused by MS can ultimately lead to the pain.
Is Spinal sclerosis the same as MS?
While spinal and brain lesions can suggest MS, the appearance of spinal lesions can also indicate another disease called neuromyelitis optica (NMO). NMO has many overlapping symptoms with MS. Both NMO and MS are characterized by lesions and inflammation of the CNS.
Is sclerosis serious?
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition that can affect the brain and spinal cord, causing a wide range of potential symptoms, including problems with vision, arm or leg movement, sensation or balance. It’s a lifelong condition that can sometimes cause serious disability, although it can occasionally be mild.
Will I end up in a wheelchair with spinal stenosis?
The symptoms are often so gradual, that patients seek medical attention very late in the course of this condition. Patients may be so disabled and weak that they require the use of a wheelchair for mobility. In rare instances, severe spinal stenosis can cause paraplegia and/or bowel/bladder incontinence.
What causes calcium buildup on your spine?
Long-term inflammation of the spinal joints (spondylitis) leads to calcium deposits forming in the ligaments around the invertebral discs (the cushions between your spinal vertebrae) and the ligaments that hold the vertebrae together. When the ligaments calcify, movement is restricted.
What sclerosis means?
Sclerosis: Localized hardening of skin. Sclerosis is generally caused by underlying diseases, such as diabetes and scleroderma.
What does back pain feel like with MS?
These pain sensations feel like burning, stabbing, sharp and squeezing sensations. In MS you can experience acute neuropathic pain and chronic neuropathic pain.
What is sclerosis of the lower back?
Lumbar spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal, compressing the nerves traveling through the lower back into the legs. While it may affect younger patients, due to developmental causes, it is more often a degenerative condition that affects people who are typically age 60 and older.
Why is it called Multiple Sclerosis?
The Latin word for scar is sclerosis. Thus, the term multiple sclerosis was chosen to describe the appearance of the brain in patients who died with this illness. Pathologists call these scars plaques.
Is Spinal MS worse?
A person with MS may have lesions in parts of the brain, spinal cord, or optic nerve. Limited research suggests that having these lesions on the spine may lead to worse neurological outcomes of MS.
What happens when MS attacks the spine?
Many with spinal cord problems and MS have numbness on one side of the body and weakness on the opposite side. They may lose standing balance or have a gait problem characterized by ataxia, such as the inability to walk a straight line. Paralysis and loss of sensation of part of the body are common.