10/22/07 #8 - Migraine, scoliosis, and dural ectasia -- Connection?

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    I have struggled for years with migraine, and also with back problems stemming from severe scoliosis. A recent MRI showed that I have marked dural ectasia in my lower spine. I guess the good news is that the orthopedist told me that I don't have to worry about any impingement on my spinal cord and nerves because my spinal canal is so wide, however, I am concerned about the dural ectasia, and believe it may be the root of much of my back pain. I have never been able to tolerate trigger point injections, epidurals, etc., as pain management techniques, because they trigger horrible migraines for about 2 weeks straight. In addition, one of the worst symptoms I experience during a migraine is horrible aching pain in my lower back and legs. I am wondering if there could be a connection between the migraines and the dural ectasia. Any thoughts? Thanks!

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    Hello;

     

    Yes, there certainly can be a connection. This speaks more to pain management issues than to Migraine per se, although both overlap in your case. Have you tried tramadol (Ultram)? It a good choice to discuss with your doctor.

     

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    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

     

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Published On: October 22, 2007