Aa
Aa
A
A
A
Close
1260255 tn?1288654564

DDD with Cognitive Problems?

I'm going back and forth between this forum and the MS forum.

After 8 years of sx and 4 neuros, I finally hooked up with one who specializes in demyelinating disease.

She has diagnosed me with DDD, both in the lumbar and cervical spine. I also have a meningeal cyst in the T spine and a hemaninoma in the lumbar spine. She says that this would explain my parethesia, hyperreflexia and balance problems. Because the last MRI of the C spine was inconclusive in terms of the spinal cord (inhomogeneity), another MRI will be done in 3 months on hopefully a higher power machine.

I also am having difficulty with language and memory, as well as blurred/double vision and headaches. MRIs of the brain show multiple lesions (13+), but the neuro says they are not in places typical of MS, nor are they the shape of typical MS lesions. I have a hereditary clotting disorder, erratic blood pressure and I smoke and she thinks that these factors, in combination with chronic headaches could be causing both the lesions and cognitive problems.

Anybody out there going through the same thing and if so, what is the dx? My understanding is that DDD will cause motor problems, but not cognitive problems.

Audrey
2 Responses
1260255 tn?1288654564
bump
1248623 tn?1406808415
Sounds like, with the smoking and BP (I bet bad diet too?) you probably have cerebral plaque issues.
Have an Answer?

You are reading content posted in the Back & Neck Community

Top Pain Answerers
Avatar universal
st. louis, MO
Learn About Top Answerers
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
Find out how beta-blocker eye drops show promising results for acute migraine relief.
Could it be something you ate? Lack of sleep? Here are 11 migraine triggers to look out for.
Find out if PRP therapy right for you.
Tips for preventing one of the most common types of knee injury.
Here are 10 ways to stop headaches before they start.
Tips and moves to ease backaches