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Saturday, December 20, 2008 Denise, Community Member, asks

Q: does ms affect your spine

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Lisa Emrich, Health Guide
12/21/08 7:54pm

Hi Denise,

 

Welcome to Health Central.  Let me try to answer your question.

 

Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system which is comprised of the nerves of the brain and spinal cord.  In that way, it does affect the spine, specifically the spinal cord.  You can read more about that here and at Merck Manuals.

 

Not every person with MS has demyelination in the spine.  Some may only have lesions present in the brain.  Where the lesions are located will affect different functions of the nerves of the central nervous system.

 

If that doesn't provide the information you were seeking, please come back and give more specific ideas on what information you are looking for.

 

Thanks,

Lisa

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Laurie, Community Member
1/26/10 2:24pm

I thought my lower back had ruptured again because my back pain is intense.  I can't stand or sit very long and when I lay down I have to stand again because of the pain.  I was diagnosed with Ms 2 years ago, but the doctor said I have had it probably 20 years or more so I am in the advanced stages.  Could you tell me if any one you have had contact with is experiencing this type  of pain and what it's course has been.

 

 

Thank you,  Laurie

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Tammy, Community Member
4/20/10 3:46pm

Laurie, I was dx'd with MS back in 1993 with no sympotms of MS at all... 10 years later, I had a stroke which affected my right side... I have severe back pain too but mine is in the upper spine and sometimes in my lower spine...  Everyone dx'd with MS doesn't have the same pain or symptoms... We are all different in how the MS progresses....  Just because your doctor thinks you had it more than 20 years doesn't mean you are in the advanced stages.... There are people that have had MS there entire lives and never knew they had MS until they died.. I just read that a couple days ago...

 

Once I had my stroke, my MS progressed rapidly... So everyone progresses differently.. Some go their entire lives with it with no problems and others progress very rapidly like I did...

 

I hope this helps... Take care and keep seeing your Neuro and taking your injections as your neuro says...

 

Tammy

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Rita, Community Member
8/ 2/11 11:52pm

Hi Laurie, I was diagnosed with MS 2 years ago also. When i look back now i know i have been experiencing symtoms for many years now but, i also have Fibromyalgia and Arthritis i allways thought it was that. I recently am having very severe pain that just wont go away. its in my lower back and up. I thought i had broken a rib or something and ended up going to the ER it was so bad . I try and pinpoint a paticular place were the pain is comming from and there isnt any.. its like ive pulled a muscle and broke a rib.. i am taking my all sorts of medications for it along with my injections but it just seems to be getting worse..Unfortunatly i do not have a good dr that i can go to so im kind of on my own. I am sorry for your pain but am glad to know that this to is a part of the MS nightmare because i cannot afford to go to the ER again.. but at least i know what the pain is.  Thank you , and god bless Rita

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Merely Me, Health Guide
12/30/08 4:04pm

Hello Denise

 

I could take multiple paths to answer your question here because I am not sure if you are asking of MS can cause problems with your back or if you are asking about lesions of the spinal cord.  I am going to take a guess and tell you about spinal lesions.

 

Multiple Sclerosis is a demyelinating disease of the central nervous system which includes the brain and the spinal cord.  So in answer to your question, absolutely, MS does affect the spine in that this is the place where lesions may exist. 

 

In an article entitled, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) of the Spinal Cord, Brendan P. Coleman, MS states that:  "In as many as 90% of MS patients, the spinal cord is involved. It is estimated that approximately 35% of MS patients exhibit spinal symptoms only. The cervical spinal cord is twice as likely to be involved as the lower levels."

 

When they begin the process of doing the diagnostic tests to see if you have MS, they will mostly likely do an MRI scan of both your brain and your cervical spine, which is basically the upper part of the spine including the neck area. 

 

Some people have lesions only in their brain like me, some have lesions in both their brain and their spine, and some, as the stats above show, have lesions in their spine only. 

 

There are many discussions on-line about which symptoms are produced by either brain or spinal lesions.  Here is one such discussion.

 

Wanted to point out that I am just a patient who has MS...I hold no medical degree, so this would make an excellent question to pose to your doctor or neurologist. 

 

Thank you for your question.  I hope this helps some!

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Veronica, Community Member
10/13/11 1:54am

I have been having pain on the right side of my head when bending over,straining,rasing my voice turning to my right side in bed,picking anything up etc.Also having trouble with my hearing, loss a lot of my middle tone range.Having trouble with my bladder,will start going on the way to the bathroom with out warning and don't know I have to go till I need to get there.My scalp and forehead is numb to the touch.Also sometime it feels like something is tight around my back and causes a lot of pain.Had an MRI of the brain and they said all was normal,they were looking for a brain tumor.Does this sound like I may have ms.Seeing a neurologist in Nov.

 

Thank You

Veronica

 

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Veronica, Community Member
10/13/11 1:54am

I have been having pain on the right side of my head when bending over,straining,rasing my voice turning to my right side in bed,picking anything up etc.Also having trouble with my hearing, loss a lot of my middle tone range.Having trouble with my bladder,will start going on the way to the bathroom with out warning and don't know I have to go till I need to get there.My scalp and forehead is numb to the touch.Also sometime it feels like something is tight around my back and causes a lot of pain.Had an MRI of the brain and they said all was normal,they were looking for a brain tumor.Does this sound like I may have ms.Seeing a neurologist in Nov.


Thank You

Veronica


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Shell, Community Member
6/30/12 5:09pm

This is all of the symptoms i was having except severe headaches in my eyeball all the way back in my head..i thought i was having a stroke..they done all the MS tests and they were negative..BUT they did diagnois me with Chiari malformation, Which is a portion of the brain falling down into your spinal column causing the spinal cord to be compressed... have your ns take another look at your mri...they though I had ms for years til they figured it out..Good Luck!

 

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