This condition is a degeneration of the spine that can affect the spine at any level, resulting in pain and discomfort that can grow worse over time. The most common cause is from normal wear and tear associated with aging. As the body gets older, the spinal discs begin to dry out, lose their elasticity and collapse. The thinning of the discs places stress on the facet joints and the ligaments that hold the vertebrae together. These structures weaken, allowing the vertebrae to become overly mobile.

Pain from spondylosis is caused when the vertebrae shifts out of proper alignment and rub against each other. Bony growths called bone spurs may also form on the irritated vertebrae. The vertebral shifting and the excess bone growth can reduce the space through which the nerve roots travel, and the nerve roots or the spinal cord can become painfully compressed.

Symptoms vary based on the complexity of the brain, the type of tumor and its location. A tumor could cause physical problems including headaches, nausea and seizures. It can also cause behavioral changes such as confusion and impulsiveness.

Tumors are treated in different ways including medication, radiation or surgically removed.


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