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Causes Of Spinal Cord Pain
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). ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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.. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Talk to MD: This sounds like tethered cord syndrome. This should be looked at by your physician. There are surgical options to relive this, and a consult with a neurosurgeon is one avenue that should be explored. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
No: A tethered cord is not associated with degenerative or traumatic causes. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Herniated Disc: Herniated discs in the cervical (neck) region can compress the spinal cord, nerve leaving the spinal cord, or not compress either. If neurologic compression is present, pain radiating down the arm is a common complaint. Arm or leg numbness or weakness can also be present if spinal cord compression is identified. ...Read more
Yes: Many times we do not know there is spinal cord compression until the patient presents with some complaint of pain or weakness. Mris can show us changes within the cord which can help to confirm the level of injury. If there is weakness and compression then surgical decompression is warranted. This may result in some improvement in pain and weakness, but there may not be full recovery. ...Read more
Yes: Herniated cervical (neck) disks can compress nerves that serve the arms. ...Read more
Depends on Cause: Spinal cord compression occurs when something is pressing down on the nerves so that they do not function properly. Depending on the cause and location of the compression a person could experience, numbness, pain and loss of motor function if severe. A sudden loss of motor function is significant and should not be ignored. Constant compression can cause permanent damage. ...Read more
Could an spinal cord injury from a bad fall four years ago cause central canal stenosis or foraminal narrowing ?
Yes : Thickening of the bones due to healing can lead to stenosis ...Read more
Can previous low b12 cause spinal cord changes? MRI report stated changes but not what kind of changes. Worried about a Tumor... Female 30yr old
Not yet: This is the one area where we all have hope that stem cells will provide a breakthrough, but we are a long ways away. However, there are now many revolutionary electronic devices being developed, and some amazing results. One site to investigate is the program at ucla, but also check with www.Aan.Com. ...Read more
I have a syrinx in my spinal cord that causes a lot of back pain. Is it safe to have nerve block injections?
We know 5ar type II enzyme is found in spinal cord. Can its suppression with propecia (finasteride) in the long term cause permanent cognitive & speech problems?
Probably not: I don't think anyone knows the answer to this question at this time. Although, Finasteride has been used as a treatment for prostate problems for many years and i don't think there is any report of people having cognitive or speech problems from using it. So it's unlikely that Propecia (finasteride) will cause any cognitive or speech problems if used long term. ...Read more
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