FAQ - Spinal Muscular Atrophies of Childhood
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What part of your spinal cord would you have to damage to die?

What parts of the spinal cord tell the heart to beat and the lungs to breath so if you damaged it you would die pretty suddenly?

The spinal cord is a long, thin, tubular bundle of nervous tissue and support cells that extends from the brain (the medulla specifically). The brain and spinal cord together make up the central nervous system.
The spinal cord itself doesn't regulate the respiratory or cardiac centers,they are located in the brain.
Infections in the spinal cord fluid can travel to the brain and affect these areas.Trauma to the brain would cause deterioration(due to lack of blood supply) to these areas and eventually death.  (+ info)

How long can a spinal headache last, after having a blood patch already?

I had a spinal on accident was suppose to be a epidural and i got a headache the next day after delivering my son. I had a blood patch that day the headache started but since have had dull headaches off and on the last four days. Just wondering how long this will last, no pain meds are helping.

It took my doctor 7 days to figure out that I had a "spinal headache" after having back surgery. Once he figured out what it was, he told me I needed to lay flat 24/7 until it was gone. Laying flat helped a TON! He said it would allow the spinal fluid to fill up where it had none, which was causing the headaches. It was a total pain, but after a few days of getting up only to use the potty, even eating laying down, it was gone. (It didn't hurt while laying down, but after I was sitting or standing up for only about a minute it would get really bad again). I hope this helps  (+ info)

What is the difference between muscular strength and muscular endurance?

We were in gym and the gym teacher told us to lift a lot of weight and a few reps to build muscular strength. Then another day he told us to lift a little weight and a lot of reps to build muscular endurance. What is the difference between the two? What does each help with?

Endurance is the ability to contract over a longer time. Strength is the ability to contract with more force. Actually there are a number of different kinds of muscle fibers. The strength part applies somewhat to all of them but particularly to the "white fiber" which mainly functions in strength. Endurance is important is building the blood supply that all muscles need and providing exercise for your heart and lungs as well.  (+ info)

What can happen to the brain if one has a rather large intramedullary spinal cord tumor?

An intramedullary spinal cord tumor is a tumor inside the cord. So what could happen if a tumor was found inside a person's spinal cord in the cervical region, which is in the neck? What could this possibly do to the brain, specifically? Keep in mind this tumor is long and large enough it expands the cord and been left untreated years.

I hope you are not the patient. The cord tumor can cause increased intracranial pressure- papilledema, sometimes acute enough to cause other symptoms, like vomiting, headache. Not very common, but I have seen a couple.

Understand that we never see anything common at Walter Reed- the other hospitals can handle the common stuff. So sometimes it is hard to get a good idea of just how common a given problem is.

Usually the symptoms of a cord tumor are related to the damage to the spinal cord.- pain is common, weakness, spasticity, sensory loss muscle wasting in the muscles supplied by the affected part of the cord. A tract of the Trigeminal nerve goes down into the upper cord, then back up- can cause numbness of the face. This can be a confusion factor, as it can be mistaken for a second lesion, and lead to a diagnosis of MS.

http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/251133-overview  (+ info)

How do donate your spinal fluid for money?

I have heard that you can donate your spinal fluid just like how you donate plasma, but that you make a whole lot more money. I am just trying to get more information if anyone has or knows how to go about doing it.

that's not the best way to make some money LOL

check with your local hospital for csf banks

just so you know after you donate that shit you're going to feel really weak and sore cuz it's a big needle and your csf needs to regenerate  (+ info)

What do you associate with having a bad childhood and a good childhood?


So what do you consider a bad/unhappy childhood?

What do you consider a good childhood?

What type of things would you have to go through to have a bad childhood?

if the good times considerably out number the bad times i would say you had a happy childhood and vise versa  (+ info)

What is a spinal and where do they give it?

How long does a spinal last? And do you have a catheter when when you have a spinal?

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How long does spinal cord swelling last?

I asked another question about the spinal cord before. Since I learned that the spinal cord swell, how long does it stay swelled? Weeks, months, years?

nobody knows. some say a month, some say a year.  (+ info)

what is the difference between spinal block and epidural?

How do they do the spinal block i have never heard of that? I know everything about Epidural but what is the difference between them and which works better?

There are several layers between your skin and the subarachnoid space (where your cerebrospinal fluid is).

The layers in order are skin > fascia > supraspinous ligament > interspinous ligament > ligamentum flavum > epidural space > dura > subarachnoid space.

When placing an epidural, the anesthetist places a catheter (thin plastic tubing) in the epidural space. This gives you a continuous infusion of local anesthetic that numbs up the part of your body that is covered. It can take 10 minutes or so for the epidural to start taking effect.

When doing a spinal, the anesthetist performs a single injection in the subarachnoid space. There is no catheter. The effect is immediate and the numbness can last for a few hours depending on the dose and concentration of the drug. In general this is used for surgical anesthesia (e.g c-section) but can also be used when the patient needs quick relief and she is about to deliver.

At many institutions including the baby factory known as Prentice Women's Hospital (Northwestern Memorial Hospital - Chicago), the anesthesiologists usually do a combined technique to get the immediate effects of the spinal and the continous infusion of the epidural.

good luck!  (+ info)

What is the name of the spinal cord before it exits the skull?

What is the name of the spinal cord before it exits the skull?

Brain Stem  (+ info)

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