A lady wrote to me recently about her own case of syringomyelia. She found out recently that her severe, nearly constant back pain, was due to a syrinx and a possible Chiari malformation. But, she did not know what to do about it.
She also suffered from a chronic case of gastroesophageal reflux, and she began taking a proton pump inhibitor, Prilosec (omeprazole), which had been prescribed by her gastro-enterologist. Within hours, her SM-caused back pain disappeared.
So, she googled “Prilosec” and “syringomyelia” and discovered from http://www.cavalierhealth.org and other canine websites that veterinarians prescribe proton pump inhibitors for SM. Omeprazole has been regularly prescribed by veterinary neurologists for dogs with SM since at least 1997. But her MDs had never heard of using it to treat SM.
Thus, another example of the value of veterinary research, but who would have thought that, at least by now, medical doctors would not have figured out the value of proton pump inhibitors in relieving human patients of the pain of syringomyelia?