Herniation Syndrome and Receiving Social Security DisabilityHerniation syndrome is a disorder that is characterized by the connective tissue of your brain, cerebrospinal fluid and blood vessels becoming displaced outside of the compartments in your head where they are normally located. This comes about as the result of an increase in intracranial pressure. Intracranial pressure is the pressure inside of your skull. Your brain is the very center of your nervous system. Your brain is an extremely unique and interesting organ. Your brain is the organ that has the job of monitoring and regulating your bodys actions and reactions. Your brain is receiving sensory information all of the time. Your brain quickly analyzes the data that it receives and then responds to it by regulating your bodily functions and actions. This increase in pressure leads to your brain expanding. However, due to the fact that your brain does not have any place to go inside of your skull, it results in your brain becoming severely damaged. Herniation syndrome may take place in different areas of your brain. Some of these include:
- ? Through openings in your brain that may develop as a result of brain surgery
- ? Between areas inside of your skull, such as those that are separated by a rigid membrane that is known as the tentorium
- ? Through a natural opening at the base of your skull that is referred to as the foramen magnum.
There are other things that can result in herniation syndromeSome of these are:
- ? A metastatic brain tumor (this is a tumor that originates somewhere else in your body, but it moves (metastasizes) to your brain)
- ? A primary brain tumor (this is a tumor that starts in your brain)
- ? A hemorrhage
- ? An abscess
- ? Hydrocephalus (the build up of fluid inside of your skull).
Signs you might have Herniation SyndromeThere are many different signs and symptoms that you may experience, which may be an indication of herniation syndrome. Some of these may include:
- ? A progressive loss of consciousness
- ? Irregular breathing
- ? The loss of all brainstem reflexes (this is gagging, blinking and your pupils reacting to light)
- ? Falling into a coma
- ? Respiratory arrest (you are not breathing)
- ? A lack of coordination
- ? Cardiac arrest (where you have no pulse)
- ? Being in an altered mental state
- ? Having an irregular pulse.