Patient Story: Symptoms of Tarlov Cyst (6)

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Patient Story: Symptoms of Tarlov Cyst (6)

Patient Story: Symptoms of Tarlov Cyst (6)

Author Meopin - 7 March 2018

Symptoms of Cysts – expansion and enlargement – occur because of the compression of the nerve roots that is at the exit of the sacral area. The symptoms may include the following, depending on the location of the cysts and the section of the spine, they manifest as:


  • Pain in the lower back (especially under the waist) and buttocks, legs and feet
  • Pain in the chest, upper back, neck, arms and hands
  • weakness and / or cramps in the legs and feet and hands / arms
  • Paresthesia (abnormal sensations) in the legs and feet or arms and hands, these depend on cyst locations, being in a wheelchair
  • Pain sitting or standing forlonger periods
  • Pain increases by sneezing and coughing
  • Inability to empty the bladder or in extreme cases can not urinate at all – requiring catheterization – bowel or bladder problem, including incontinence
  • Swelling on the sacral (or cervical, thoracic, lumbar or) area of ​​the spine
  • Sore, feeling of pressure and burning on the sacrum and coccyx, extending across the hip and into the thigh with cysts in the sacrum. The same feelings are found in the upper sections of the spine depending on the cyst location
  • (Due to headaches from changes in CSF pressure) is sometimes accompanied by blurred vision, double vision, pressure behind the eyes and pressure of the optic nerve causing the papillary (swelling of the optic nerve)
  • Other symptoms of the sensory system: Tinnitus / ear noises (ringing, buzzing, flapping, cricket sounds, etc.)
  • Dizziness and feeling of loss of balance and especially with change of position
  • The feeling of sitting on a rock
  • Pressure and burning sensation in the tailbone area, especially during flexion
  • Sciatica
  • Vaginal, rectal, pelvic and / or abdominal pain
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • PGAD (persistent genital disorders)
  • Sexual dysfunction and painful intercourse

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