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A 32-year-old member asked:

the mri says "severe" disc herniation and spinal cord swelling and compression" what does this mean?

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Dr. Matthew Kozminski
Neurology 16 years experience
Not good: Your veretebrae bones are seperated by the discs. Your vertebrae make a canal that your spinal cord is protected by. If your disc has a severe herniation, then the contents of the disc are now pushing up against the spinal cord within the spinal canal. Think of your disc as a tube of toothpaste that was left open and now toothpaste is coming out. See your doctor, this needs to be addressed.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Time to see Dr.: Based on your description, you need to see a spine specialist for a thorough evaluation and treatment recommendations. Check out spine-health.Com. Good luck.

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Last updated May 26, 2017

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