“The clinical picture is one of progressive motor and sensory loss in the legs, usually appearing within a year after radiation, but sometimes delayed up to several years..”
Plexopathy, Radiculopathy or Myelopathy can all be caused by radiation but that’s as far as I’ve gotten trying to figure out what has happened to my lower body. What little I know about my side-effect from radiation has come from a Facebook group called Radiation-Induced Lumbar Plexopathy.
I recently came across the Pubmed studies linked below and realized that, as they are used in the articles, the three terms-Plexopathy, Radiculopathy or Myelopathy, seemed almost interchainable. All three pysical disorders are caused by radiation, all three are either considered late stage and all three involve leg weakness and/or numbness. So are all three the same “physical disorder” or are they three different physical disorders?
Hiking poles and ankle-foot orthodics help me walk…
I’m asking mainly because I like to know where I’m going. I like to have an idea of why caused my side effect and what my future will bring. I might be naive but I think I can slow or even eliminate some of my long-term and late stage side effects through diet, supplementation and physical therapy. Thinking I can positively effect my health keeps me focused anyway.
Do you have nerve damage caused by radation? Do any of the symptoms below describe your affliction? Scroll down the page, write a question or comment and I will reply to you ASAP.
“Plexopathy is a disorder affecting a network of nerves, blood vessels, or lymph vessels. The region of nerves it affects are at the brachial or lumbosacral plexus. Symptoms include pain, loss of motor control, and sensory deficits…Both plexopathies can also occur as a consequence of radiation therapy, sometimes after 30 or more years have passed, in conditions known as Radiation-induced Brachial Plexopathy (RIBP) and Radiation-induced Lumbosacral Plexopathy (RILP).…”
“Radiculopathy, also commonly referred to as pinched nerve, refers to a set of conditions in which one or more nerves are affected and do not work properly (a neuropathy). This can result in pain (radicular pain), weakness, numbness, or difficulty controlling specific muscles.
In a radiculopathy, the problem occurs at or near the root of the nerve, shortly after its exit from the spinal cord. However, the pain or other symptoms often radiate to the part of the body served by that nerve. For example, a nerve root impingement in the neck can produce pain and weakness in the forearm. Likewise, an impingement in the lower back or lumbar–sacral spine can be manifested with symptoms in the foot…”
Clinical signs and symptoms depend on which spinal cord level (cervical, thoracic, or lumbar) is affected and the extent (anterior, posterior, or lateral) of the pathology, and may include: