Neurology

Ask a neurologist. Get answers to your neurology questions.

Ask a Doctor,
Get an Answer ASAP!

My daughter had a tethered spinal cord, but had it

Customer Question
My daughter had a...

My daughter had a tethered spinal cord, but had it surgically de-tethered when she was ten years old. It had been noted through various medical exams that her rectum looked unusually relaxed. We had been told that a tethered spinal cord could lead to bowel problems, but even though she complained of stomach pain since she was old enough to talk, she never really had any issues with her bowel movements. She is now twenty one, and despite a very healthy lifestyle ( very physically fit and an extremely healthy diet with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables), she is experiencing chronic constipation and no longer receives a nerve signal that indicates a need to move her bowels. Is it possible that these symptoms are related to nerve damage caused by her tethered spinal cord?

Doctor's Assistant: Do you keep personal medical records to help track this?

She had a colonoscopy two years ago, and has had several visits with gastroenterologists. One of which was today, but he didn't seem to have much info about tethered spinal cords.

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

She is now experiencing some occasional bowel leakage, but I'm assuming that could be due to her constipation?

Submitted: 11 months ago.Category: Neurology
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Neurology Question
Answered in 5 minutes by:
9/11/2017
Neurologist: DrRussMd, Board Certified MD replied 11 months ago
DrRussMd
DrRussMd, Board Certified MD
Category: Neurology
Satisfied Customers: 65,673
Experience: Internal medicine doctor, diagnose and treat neurology patients, many years
Verified

Hi.
Welcome to just answer. I am here to answer questions for education and information. I will respond shortly with an answer, or a question for you

Ask Your Own Neurology Question
Neurologist: DrRussMd, Board Certified MD replied 11 months ago

Has she seen a neurologist

Has she had an MRI of the lower spine?

recently?

Has she had an EMG/NCS test

Ask Your Own Neurology Question
Customer reply replied 11 months ago
She had a follow up with her neurosurgeon after her detethering surgery, but hasn't seen one since for any issues regarding her tethered spinal cord. She also has scoliosis and had regular check ups with a pediatric orthopedist ( she has a 36 degree curvature which was congenital due to an extra partial vertebrae, but it hasn't altered her lifestyle or abilities in any way). She hasn't had an EMG/NCS test that I can remember.
Customer reply replied 11 months ago
my question is, is it possible that her current bowel problems (and loss of a nerve signal to indicate that she needs to go) be linked to any damage caused by having a tethered spinal cord? I've read that symptoms of tethering can occur during periods of growth and ten to 20 percent require a repeat surgery. Are her current symptoms typical of someone who has had the de-tethering surgery even if a decade has passed since the surgery?
Neurologist: DrRussMd, Board Certified MD replied 11 months ago

Possible but unlikely.

The idea that generalized cord compromise would exclusively affect the bowel is not likely at all.

There would be other symptoms.

However, the EMG/NCS would be needed to confirm that this is not the case.

Given her situation she should

a. see a neurologist

b. have an MRI of the lower spine.

c. Have the EMG/NCS.

OK, let me know if you have more questions.

Also, please click a positive rating on the rating scale. [This must be done manually at the top of the page]. In fact, a 5 rating squares me with just answer and allows me to provide prompt and accurate service to you, but does not increase your cost. And, I will be here for any follow up needed

Ask Your Own Neurology Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a neurologistLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask DrRussMd Your Own Question
DrRussMd
DrRussMd
DrRussMd, Board Certified MD
Category: Neurology
Satisfied Customers: 65,673
65,673 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Internal medicine doctor, diagnose and treat neurology patients, many years

DrRussMd is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me.

Susan O.USA

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Mark

Dr. Mark

Neurologist (MD)

2,191 satisfied customers

Neurosurgeon - Brain, spine, and peripheral nerve surgery

Jack Scariano Jr

Jack Scariano Jr

Neurologist (MD)

1,056 satisfied customers

Board Certified Neurology 1982 30 years experince. Also expert in Pain Medicine

Dr. Bob

Dr. Bob

Neurologist (MD)

3,773 satisfied customers

Neurology & Int Medicine (US Trained): 20 yrs experience

healthydoc

healthydoc

Board Certified Physician

1,851 satisfied customers

Board Certified U.S. Neurologist

Dr. F

Dr. F

Board Certified MD

266 satisfied customers

Neurosurgeon with more than 20 years experience in practice and teaching.

Phytube.com

Phytube.com

Neurologist (MD)

86 satisfied customers

Pediatric Neurology and Developmental Medicine with Special Research In Pain Medicine/Medications

Stroke Doc

Stroke Doc

Board Certified Physician

51 satisfied customers

I am board-certified in Neurology and the subspecialty Vascular Neurology.

< Previous | Next >

Related Neurology Questions
My husband had a avm removed from his spine. He has a lot of
My husband had a avm removed from his spine. He has a lot of nerve damage . It has affected bowel and urinary tract functions. He has constant burning in his legs. Is there any help for him?… read more
Dr. D. Love
Dr. D. Love
Doctoral Degree
10,422 satisfied customers
I have pain going down the backs of my legs, walking is a
I have pain going down the backs of my legs, walking is a strain, if I'm sitting too far back, I have a problem pulling myself up to stand up. I sometimes have to drive our pickup, to get into the dri… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Neurologist (MD)
Doctoral Degree
3,773 satisfied customers
My neurologist wanted to rule out MS and a brain MRI was
My neurologist wanted to rule out MS and a brain MRI was ordered. Here is the brain MRI report: HISTORY: Numbness in right leg COMPARISON: None. TECHNIQUE: Imaging was performed on a 1.5 Tesla MRI sys… read more
Dr. David
Dr. David
Radiation Oncology Attending Director
Post-Doctoral Degree
13,236 satisfied customers
What does this mean in English? Five Non-Rib bearing lumber
What does this mean in English? Five Non-Rib bearing lumber type vertebrae bodies are present. Bone Marrow signal is age appropriate.Vertebrael body height and alignment is maintained without evidence… read more
DrRussMd
DrRussMd
Board Certified MD
65,673 satisfied customers
Can you please tell what all this means in simple terms.
Can you please tell what all this means in simple terms. "There is slight reduction in the normal lumbar lordosis.Disc degeneration is present at the L4-L5 and L5-S1. Bone marrow signal is diffusely h… read more
dr-megasmart
dr-megasmart
Neurologist, solo practice
Post-Doctoral Degree
15 satisfied customers
My 5 year old daughter has had constatnt bladder and
My 5 year old daughter has had constatnt bladder and constipation issues and was recently sent for an MRI. The radiologist said the report showed she had a syrinx but the neurosurgeon said he believes… read more
neuromd2012
neuromd2012
Neurologist/Staff Clinician
Doctoral Degree
2,815 satisfied customers
My mom has been diagonsed with a horrible infection in her
My mom has been diagonsed with a horrible infection in her spine. The doctors believe it to be discitis. She also has a blood infection. She is currently on IV anti biotics and is not a surgery candid… read more
Neuro Doctor
Neuro Doctor
Full Time Neurologist
Neurologist MD (USA Board Certified
2,534 satisfied customers
Almost two years ago I was rear-ended; pain in low back;
Almost two years ago I was rear-ended; pain in low back; MRI's, acupuncture, chiropractor treatment, physical therapy, and just finished a series of three steroid injections. In the meantime, I had a … read more
healthydoc
healthydoc
Board Certified Physician
1,851 satisfied customers
I seem to be having trouble with my legs. I can not stand
I seem to be having trouble with my legs . I can not stand any length of time without experiencing my legs aching and sometimes my right foot goes numb. After I sit for awhile I'm fine until the next … read more
neuromd2012
neuromd2012
Neurologist/Staff Clinician
Doctoral Degree
2,815 satisfied customers
My son is 9years of age for the last four years he has had
my son is 9years of age for the last four years he has had problems with his gait as he gets older this is intensifying and looks a lot like cerebal paulsy when he is runnig or playing sport and now i… read more
CaliforniaMD
CaliforniaMD
Post-Doctoral Degree
1,419 satisfied customers
My 13 year old daughter was born with a neurogenic bladder &
My 13 year old daughter was born with a neurogenic bladder & 2 years ago underwent spinal cord detethering and bladder augmentation and mitrofanoff stoma surgery. She has since had a bowel cecostomy s… read more
neuromd2012
neuromd2012
Neurologist/Staff Clinician
Doctoral Degree
2,815 satisfied customers
I just found out i have arachnoiditis n i heard they have no
hi i just found out i have arachnoiditis n i heard they have no cure. i have severe pain in both legs but i refuse to use pain meds that are narcotics. because i have a daughter to take care of. shoul… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Neurologist (MD)
Doctoral Degree
3,773 satisfied customers
FOR DR., THE NEUROLOGIST, AND ONLY FOR DR. AND NOBODY
FOR DR. MARK, THE NEUROLOGIST, AND ONLY FOR DR. MARK AND NOBODY ELSE." Hello Dr. Mark, Dr. Mark, suppose a person has spinal stenosis as follows: Severe bilateral foraminal narrowing and nerve root co… read more
Dr. Mark
Dr. Mark
Neurologist (MD)
Doctoral Degree
2,191 satisfied customers
This is for Dr. Spetzler or other neurosurgeon can answer
Hello, This is for Dr. Spetzler or other neurosurgeon can answer urgent please. We are worry about my daughter. Many thanks for your answer. My 9 years old daughter MRI results. She had 2-3 year right… read more
Dr. Mark
Dr. Mark
Neurologist (MD)
Doctoral Degree
2,191 satisfied customers
My new born girl have a skin tag over sarcal region and a
My new born girl have a skin tag over sarcal region and a 1.2cm x 0.5cm lipoma was found at S2 under ultrasound. Her power of lower limbs is good now. MRI will be taken 3 months later. What is the pos… read more
Neuro Doctor
Neuro Doctor
Full Time Neurologist
Neurologist MD (USA Board Certified
2,534 satisfied customers
My 7yr old daughter is being seen by an orthopeadic surgeon
My 7yr old daughter is being seen by an orthopeadic surgeon for a 9 month history of right hip (groin) pain, lower back pain (right side) and dribbling feeling after urinating (not every time but in e… read more
CaliforniaMD
CaliforniaMD
Post-Doctoral Degree
1,419 satisfied customers
Recently diagonised with cidp. Had ivig done. The cidp has
Recently diagonised with cidp. Had ivig done. The cidp has since gone dormant. Have been having extreme leg muscle pain. It feels like I have run a marathon. Can't sleep and I am taking neurontin and … read more
CaliforniaMD
CaliforniaMD
Post-Doctoral Degree
1,419 satisfied customers
My daughter is 18. She was born with spina bifida occulta,
My daughter is 18. She was born with spina bifida occulta, dislocated feet, dislocated hip and reverse club foot. At 12 she had her last growth spurt. At this time we leaned she had a 1.5" leg length … read more
Dr. Sophie :: Neurology
Dr. Sophie :: Neurology
Neurologist
Post-Doctoral Degree
1,832 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x