How does syringomyelia affect the body?

Syringomyelia can affect the body in a multitude of ways. A cyst, or syrinx, forms on the spinal cord, where it damages tissue and the nervous system. These cysts can create chronic pain or impair a person's ability to feel or sense temperature shifts in their hands, arms, shoulder, or legs. They can also cause facial numbness. As the disorder progresses, it can create disruption in bladder and bowel functions and sexual abilities, and can affect a person's ability to sweat normally. Syrinxes may also affect the brainstem, which may impact a person7apos;s respiratory functions and other vital systems. When this happens, the condition is known as syringobulbia.

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Brain and Nervous System

A healthy brain and nervous system regulate your body functions so you can have full command over your senses, muscles, and intelligence. Despite the amazing capacities of the human brain and nerves, they are vulnerable to damage ...

just like every other part of our bodies. Strokes, concussions, Alzheimers and many other brain problems affect about 50 million Americans. The multitude of brain injuries and illnesses strike different people based on the risk factors of their genetics, age and lifestyle. The severity of impairment and the availability of treatment vary widely. Knowledge of brain and nerve health has advanced rapidly in recent decades. Many new treatments and medicines are available to treat various disorders. Still, the best thing for your brain is to keep it physically and mentally active while eating nutritious food and getting plenty of social interaction.

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