Taking the following steps may help reduce the effects of syringomyelia on your daily living.
Avoid activities that may make symptoms worse
If you've been diagnosed with syringomyelia, avoid any activity that involves heavy lifting, straining or putting excessive force on your spine. Examples of activities to avoid include:
- Playing high-impact sports, such as football and Rugby
- Riding roller coasters
- Sky diving
- Straining during a bowel movement
- Excessive coughing (talk to your doctor about treatment if coughing persists)
Consider physical therapy
If syringomyelia causes ongoing neurological problems that decrease your mobility and activity — such as muscle weakness, pain, fatigue or stiffness — a physical therapist may be able to create an exercise program for you that can help reduce these symptoms. Talk to your doctor about physical therapists in your area who have expertise in neurological conditions.
Manage chronic pain
Chronic pain can be a problem with syringomyelia. If you're experiencing chronic pain, talk to your doctor about treatment options. Many medical centers have doctors who specialize in pain management. Often, the best approach for treatment of chronic pain due to syringomyelia is to have a health care team that includes your neurosurgeon, neurologist, a rehabilitation specialist and a pain management physician who can work together to create a plan that will best fit your situation.
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