Q: My 15-year-old daughter has syringomyelia (a disorder in which a cyst or cavity forms within the spinal cord). What medicine should she use?

It is unclear exactly how and why syringomyelia occurs. When it develops, cerebrospinal fluid (fluid that surrounds, cushions and protects the brain and spinal cord) collects within the spinal cord itself, forming a fluid filled cyst (syrinx).

Several conditions and diseases can lead to syringomyelia including meningitis, injuries, tumours and birth defects of spinal cord. In some people, syringomyelia can become a progressive disorder and lead to complications like spinal curvature, muscle weakness, muscle wasting, loss of reflexes, loss of sensitivity to pain and temperature, pain and stiffness in back, shoulders, arms and legs, problems with bowel and bladder etc. In some cases, syringomyelia may be discovered incidentally during a spine MRI or CT scan conducted for other reasons.

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In some cases, there may be no associated symptoms, and no intervention is necessary. If syringomyelia is not causing signs or symptoms, monitoring with periodic MRI and neurological exams may be all that’s needed.

If syringomyelia affects her mobility, Ayurveda oil therapies can help reduce these symptoms. These therapies can also help in stiffness and pain management.

Consult an Ayurveda doctor in person with all her reports. Syringomyelia treatment may require the coordinated efforts of a team of specialists – neurologists, neurosurgeons, eye specialists and other healthcare professionals.

Dr VL Shyam is a Dubai-based Ayurveda practitioner. Got a problem? Our fantastic panel of renowned experts is available to answer all your questions related to fashion, well-being, nutrition, finance and hypnotherapy. Email your queries to friday@gulfnews.com.