A 41-year-old member asked:
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i know cervical myelopathy has consequences. what are they?

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Dr. Sharad Rajpal
19 years experience Neurosurgery
Neurologic injury: Cervical myelopathy typically involves spinal cord compression with ongoing spinal cord injury and therefore patient can either develop progressive or permanent neurologic injury if the problem is not addressed in a timely manner.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Mark Eisenberg
33 years experience Neurosurgery
Paralysis: If left untreated a cervical myelopathy will get progressively worse and lead to increasing difficulty using your hand, arms and increasing difficulty walking. You should see a neurosurgeon for a discussion regarding treatment options.
Answered on Sep 3, 2018
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
40 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Several: This does not get better, it will get worse but that varies from slowly to rapidly to some that progress in a step-wise manner meaning a progression then a holding pattern for a while then another progression. It is not predictable but since it gets worse it should be addressed by a spine surgeon consult . You develop weakness, spasticity, numbness, lack of coordination & bowel/bladder issues.
Answered on Aug 25, 2012

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