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Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes cervical myelopathy?

Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes cervical myelopathy?

Compression: Cervical myelopathy is most often caused by compression on the cervical spinal cord. This can occur acutely, for example, after a ruptured herniated disc or if there is a blood clot. This can also occur slowly over time as the patient develops spinal stenosis or narrowing of the spinal canal. This leads to "squeezing" of the spinal cord and the symptoms of myelopathy. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Myelopathy (Definition)

Myelopathy is a general term describing the presence of disease in the spinal cord. There is a large range of causes such as viral infections and trauma. Movement and sensation may ...Read more


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What causes most cervical myelopathy?

Neck arthritis: Myelopathy from spinal cord pressure is usually from disk bulges or herniations, bone spurs, ligament thickening from the degeneration ("aging") process ("arthritis" or spondylosis). People born with small canals and tendency for degeneration are more likely to get it than people born with large canals (the channel for the spinal cord). ...Read more

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Can cervical radiculopathy and intervertebral disc disorder with myelopathy, cervical region cause bladder problems?"

Can cervical radiculopathy and intervertebral disc disorder with myelopathy, cervical region cause bladder problems?"

Yes, it can: Based on the information provided -- intervertebral disc disorder with myelopathy in the cervical region can cause bladder dysfunction as the spinal cord is compressed by the disc. ...Read more

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Post acdf c5-6 c6-7 my conditions are cervical radiculopathy, intervt cerv disc d/o w/myelopathy cerv reg. Can it cause recurring severe back pain why?

Post acdf c5-6 c6-7 my conditions are cervical radiculopathy, intervt cerv disc d/o w/myelopathy cerv reg. Can it cause recurring severe back pain why?

Not likely: Cervical spine issues won't cause recurring severe low back pain. If the mid or low back is severe, you need to either go the er or be evaluated by a spine specialist. If you're evaluated by a spine surgeon (ortho spine or neurosurgeon) and they see nothing that can be done, frequently they mean nothing from a surgical perspective. Make sure you see an non-surgical spine/pain specialist. ...Read more

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What are the tests for myelopathy?

What are the tests for myelopathy?

History, exam, MRI: In many cases, your history will show the symptoms of myelopathy (e.g., hand clumsiness, numbness, weakness). A careful exam may show signs of spinal cord problems. In most folks MRI will be the test to confirm the diagnosis (if you cannot have an mri, a ct with dye in the spinal fluid can give similar information to mri). ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of myelopathy?

What are the common symptoms of myelopathy?

Cervical or lumber: Cervical myelopathy may note one or more of the following heavy feeling in the legs inability to walk at a brisk pace deterioration in fine motor skills (such as handwriting or buttoning a shirt) ntermittent shooting pains into the arms and legs (like an lermitte’s phenomenon) •arm pain. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose degenerative myelopathy?

How do you diagnose degenerative myelopathy?

Imaging and exam: 1st step is the physical exam will show signs like weakness and stiffness. Urinary problems too. Imaging like a ct or MRI wil confirm. ...Read more

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What symptoms are associated with myelopathy?

Numb, weak, gait: Common symptoms include numbness (perhaps tingling) in the hands and sometimes the arms. The hands are often weak and lose dexterity (cannot write, type, play musical instruments, button clothing, open bottles). Walking becomes difficult, with decreased balance (need to hold on to walls, use cane or walker). ...Read more

Dr. Larry Armstrong
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Spinal Cord Disease (Definition)

Spinal cord disease is a condition where the nerves of the spinal cord are injured or infected. This affects their function and causes ...Read more