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Causes Of Spinal Cord Pain
Multiple reasons: There are multiple causes of spinal cord abscess. The risk factors for spinal infection include: 1. Infection in another location that spreads to the spine (for example - a bladder or kidney infection that then spreads to the spine via the veins) 2. Recent spinal surgery 3. Patient with a compromised immune system (diabetics, smokers, patients with cancer, hiv/aids, patients needing dialysis).See 1 more doctor answer
Many things: It depends on what they mean by widening. It could be that it is being flattened spreading it wider due to compression in the neck from a herniated disc and/or facet joint arthritis. Or it could be something inside the spinal cord like extra fluid or even a tumor causing enlargement of the cord.
Are you worried?: ALS is the disease I think of first. Are you concerned that you have one? There is no background information in your post whatsoever, so under the circumstances I can't think of anything to add.
Not by itself: Spinal cord injury alone does not account for cognitive impairments, however, often there is an overlooked closed head injury to blame. Any injury of sufficient force to cause cord injury could cause concussion. Another possibility is that medications used to treat the effects spinal cord injury (bladder meds, spasticity meds, pain meds) can cause impairments in awareness, memory, etc.See 1 more doctor answer
By growing on or: Cancer can affect the bones of the spine leading to deformity or a fracture compressing the spinal cord or the cancer can grow about the spinal cord and enlarge placing compression like a disc herniation or spinal stenosis or even grow fron within the spinal cord leading to compression effects.See 1 more doctor answer
Spinal cord tumors: Tumors in the central nervous system can often grow very slowly and displace tissue gently. At some point the tumor will cause symptoms either by infiltration, compression or edema. Once the symptoms start they should be constant and progressive. Vascular lesions are much more likely to cause intermittent symptoms..
Syrinx: Unusual but yes it can happen. It really depends on the size of the syrinx, the smaller and shorter ones this would be quite unusual - in the larger and longer ones this would be more typical but still unusual.
Perhaps: If the injury causes leg weakness or numbness, or spasticity, be very careful, and be evaluated by a rehab doc first, as your athletic ability may be compromised. If may be that you need to try easy, beginner slopes initially to be comfortable. Prior to buying your season pass, you may try, with supervision, balancing and strength activities using a trampoline to check it out.
No: A tethered cord is not associated with degenerative or traumatic causes.
The back top of my head feels like it's piercing/flashing pain why? Can postural problems cause this from the spinal cord?
Neck: There are a variety of upper cervical spine disorders that can result in similar pain. Which one you have or don't have would require a good exam. If the problem is bothersome then have it checked out.
Spinal cord: Syphilis may cause tabes dorsalis, a disorder of the posterior columns of the spinal cord with resulting balance problems and loss of positional sensation. Herpes virus infection may also trigger a transverse myelitis with severe weakness and numbness. Less commonly seen, HIV vacuolar myelopathy may also cause balance problems and leg weakness by involving the spinal cord.
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