Teen Mom Jenelle Evans 'in shock' as she's diagnosed with 'rare' spinal disorder after battling neck pain for months

JENELLE Evans has been diagnosed with the rare spinal disorder syringomyelia after months of testing.

The Teen Mom 2 alum, 29, said she's "in shock" and feeling "scared" after doctors found a fluid-filled cyst in her spine.

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Syringomyelia is the development of a cyst (called a syrinx) within the spinal cord, which causes pain and weakness and in some cases can lead to paralysis.

The symptoms include headaches, pain in the neck, arms and back, loss of reflexes and muscle weakness and wasting.

Jenelle broke the news to fans on her Instagram Stories, saying she was "in shock".

The MTV star elaborated on her condition in a YouTube vlog called "My Neck, My Back" on Monday evening.



The mother-of-three said she's been battling daily headaches and dealing with her neck "cracking 10 times a day".

The Teen Mom alum has been having tests done for the past five months and not getting any answers, which she described as "really frustrating".

Last week, Jenelle – who is married to David Eason – had an MRI, which revealed the cyst in her spine.

"It's pretty concerning. That's not good. None of this is good," she said as she fought back tears.


The reality star admitted she hasn't spoken to her doctor about the results as she got them at the weekend, so is trying not to "jump to conclusions".

She said of her daily health struggles: "I have neck pain every day and headaches every day and my neck cracks every day.

"I do what I can. By this time, at 5 o'clock, I usually have to tap out because my neck hurts so bad. I try to get up and be happy and act like I don't have this problem.

"I have head shaking too, it's kind of embarrassing, it feels like a tremor. My hands are not that steady and my fingertips are numb most of the time."


"It's kind of scary. I feel like slowly I'm losing my ability in my hands and I really need that. I really need my hands!" she added.

Jenelle – who is mom to Jace, 11, Kaiser, six, and Ensley, four – went on: "It really sucks. It had to be the worst thing ever when I got my results.

"It's just, like, your life is off course. I have my kids here and my work is online. A lot of things are going through my mind right now."

Jenelle discussed possible courses of action and considered the prospect of having the cyst removed.

What is syringomyelia?

Syringomyelia is the development of a fluid-filled cyst (syrinx) within your spinal cord.

Over time, the cyst can grow bigger, damaging your spinal cord and causing pain, weakness and stiffness, among other symptoms.

The symptoms include headaches, pain in the neck, arms and back, loss of reflexes and muscle weakness and wasting.

In some cases, it can lead to an abnormal curvature of the spine (scoliosis), motor difficulties, such as weakness and stiffness in leg muscles that can affect walking, chronic pain and paralysis.

"Hopefully I won't be in pain anymore and it'll be great," she said.

Jenelle was left bedridden after having a CT myelogram last month and said the procedure went a "lot worse than planned".

“When they put the dye in… y’all I felt like I had a dagger in my back. It was bad," she told fans on Instagram.

In a separate post, she shared a video where her husband is heard in the background, captioned: “Still recovering but David is keeping me laughing.”

It's not the first time Jenelle's family has faced a health crisis.

Back in November, she revealed Kaiser had an infected abscess on his groin that was affecting his lymph nodes.

Teen Mom OG – Season 9

Season 9 was filmed as the outbreak of coronavirus hit America.

Who's in the cast this season?

  • Amber Portwood
  • Catelynn Lowell
  • Cheyenne Floyd
  • Maci Bookout McKinney
  • Mackenzie McKee

Who are their boyfriends, husbands and baby daddies?

  • Amber Portwood's boyfriend Dimitri Garcia
  • Catelynn Lowell's husband Tyler Baltierra
  • Cheyenne Floyd's ex-boyfriend Cory Wharton
  • Maci Bookout's husband Taylor McKinney
  • Mackenzie McKee's husband Josh McKee

Teen Mom OG 's season nine aired on January 26th 2021 on MTV.

Sharing a selfie with the youngster, Jenelle wrote: "Please keep Bubba in your thoughts and prayers!

"He has an infected abscess in his groin that is infecting his lymph nodes.

"He’s been on multiple medications and hopefully this next antibiotic works."

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