Spina bifida occulta

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What is spina bifida occulta?

Spina bifida is the defective closure of the vertebral column. Spina bifida occulta is a mild type of where the outer part of some of the vertebrae are not completely closed. Some people are not aware they have the condition although there may be a small dimple or birthmark on the skin

Common symptoms reported by people with spina bifida occulta

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with spina bifida occulta

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Chest X-ray)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)

Data from patients with spina bifida occulta, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with spina bifida occulta

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
daytime sleepiness dizziness 1 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
depressed mood (2) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Chest X-ray)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with spina bifida occulta, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has spina bifida occulta on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 7
20s 8
30s 24
40s 32
50s 16
60s 8
70+ 3
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 35
20-29 years 5
30-39 years 3
40-49 years 3
50-59 years 0
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 8
Female 89

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 63
Not Diagnosed 4

These charts show data from spina bifida occulta patients who have completed their condition history
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