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Hello, when I was 21 I had an MRI and was diagnosed with Syrinx of C6. I have all the mild symptoms of syringomyelia: sensory deficit in the radial side of the arms, tightness, and loss of range. I am now 32 and had a new MRI (contrast and w/o), and am waiting on results. In over a decade, symptoms have not gotten worse. I was wondering is there a chance that Cysts can disappear on their own? if there are no cytst on the scan, does that mean I no longer have syringomyelia? That would be lovely, but my symptoms remain. Also, if a syrinx resolves, are we stuck with the neurological damage that the syrinx has caused over the years. THankyou for any information!

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Hi Mary,
I did some research and there is no mention of resolution of a syrinx naturally. Plus the damage caused by syringomyelia can linger even if a syrinx shrinks because nerves take a long time to heal and/or regenerate. The good news is that your symptoms have not progressed over the 10 years. Depending on what the MRI shows, you can opt for conservative care or other intervention including cranial sacral therapy or cold laser therapy to help with the neurological symptoms and healing. No adverse effects are associated with either conservative therapy. If your cysts have resolved, then technically you don't have syringomyelia but just neuropathy. Still need to do something to resolve that.  

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Vishal Verma DC CCSP

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I can answer questions about acute and chronic pain and their conservative management, sports injuries, back and neck pain, extremity pain, herniated/bulging discs, sciatica or other neurological issues, rehabilitation and fitness concerns, spinal decompression and cold laser therapy. I can't answer questions about specific medications and their prescription. I can give general information about them at best.

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I have years of experience in sportsmedicine and conservative care of musculo-skeletal injuries with the use of chiropractic, rehabilitation, and fitness/exercise as well as the use of advanced technologies such as spinal decompression and low intensity laser therapy. I have private practice experience as well as experience within an integrated medical setting with concurrent care of patients with both medicine as well as alternative therapy. I am a board certified sports chiropractor and have treated athletes of all kinds in the conservative management of sports injuries and performance enhancement.

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American Board of Chiropractic Sports Physicians North American Association of Laser Therapists

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Your Health Magazine Alternative Health Magazine Northern VA Womens Magazine Townsend Newsletters

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Doctor of Chiropractic Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician

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