This question is related to another degenerative disc thread - I didn't want to hijack Cory's post with my own story.
My younger brother is 30 years old. He went into the military at 18 and, over the next 6 years, was deployed three times to Oman, Afghanistan and Iraq. During his service, he began having increasingly severe back pain. While loading sandbags on a truck, his back went out completely and when he couldn't get up off the ground, he was taken to a civilian hospital because his military base didn't have emergency care. The civilian doc did an MRI and told him he needed to see a neurosurgeon ASAP. He sought help from the military hospital multiple times, but was repeatedly told that he "just had arthritis and needed to learn to live with it."
A few years later, after retiring from active duty, he finally saw a doctor who informed him that he has a syrinx - basically a 2mm gap along his spinal cord that is filled with fluid. He was officially diagnosed with Syringomyelia and a degenerative disc disorder. The doctors have told him there is little they can do for him, beyond pain management. The alternative it to fuse his vertebrae together, but since the degeneration has progressed to every single disc, fusion would essentially paralyze him.
I can't imagine living with the constant pain my brother deals with everyday. My worry is that the VA doctors are not looking at his condition through a holistic lens. Is there anything apart from surgery that might help? I was intrigued by Dr. K's brief mention of MMP9 and MMP2 in Cory's thread. Can anyone tell me more about these [enzymes?] and whether they might apply to my brother's situation? I have also wondered if his problems could be an autoimmune issue. Maybe he should try swearing off gluten? Any thoughts on the subject are appreciated!
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on February 02, 2012
at 06:27 PM
You might be shocked to know that Chiari malformations and syrinx go together. You should read my recent post on a Chiari patient who came to see me. DDD is a caused by a leaky gut. I have a blog post called the Leaky gut Rx and I use this in most of my DDD that I try to save from the knife. Some listen most dont. They get cut and it happens again. That is the earmark of a chronic disease. People have to make their neolithic life match their paleolithic genes to beat this disease. Lifestyle change is what I specialize in now. I save lots from big spine surgeries now.
This is the Chiari link. If you google it you will see the association with Chiari. You're bro needs to employ a strict autoimmune primal diet if he wants to get better. I also would large money his vitamin D level is terrible and his Testosterone level is even worse with a high HS CRP.