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I have cervical myelomalacia i wonder if there is neck exercises that can help this is very painful. My doctor will not do surgery?

I have cervical myelomalacia i wonder if there is neck exercises that can help this is very painful. My doctor will not do surgery?

Cord changes: Myelomalacia refers to changes that have already occurred in the spinal cord. Neck exercise will not change that but it is a good idea to maintain good strength and tone of your neck and arm musculature especially if if there is associated weakness. ...Read more

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Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more


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What is cervical spondylitic myelomalacia / foraminal stenosis and what if any treatment/for it?

What is cervical spondylitic myelomalacia / foraminal stenosis and what if any treatment/for it?

Definitions of: Myelomalacia or "bad spinal cord" is abnormal tissue structural change of the cord negatively affecting its function brought on in this case by advanced degeneration of the bones, discs , joints and ligaments leading to a narrowing of the spinal canal compressing the spinal cord and creating these cord changes. Surgery is the only help. Foraminal stenosis is narrowing of the nerve root exit holes. ...Read more

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Mri: sagittal t2 & flair imag, altho less well seen in the axial plane, is increas signal wthin c5-c6 cervical cord, perhaps an area of myelomalacia, ?

Mri: sagittal t2 & flair imag, altho less well seen in the axial plane, is increas signal wthin c5-c6 cervical cord, perhaps an area of myelomalacia, ?

Myelomalacia: That means that there may or may not be an area of subtle change which may represent myelomalacia in your cervical spine at the c5/6 location. Myelomalacia if present can signify injury that is ongoing or had been there in the past. Only a history and neurological exam can determine if this 'finding' (if any is actually there) is of any clinical relevance. Please be evaluated by a spine surgeon. ...Read more

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My MRI shows focal myelomalacia involving the cervical cord at C5-C6. Severe spinal cord stenosis at C3-C4. Subtle cortical edema inferior to the sten?

Cervical cord injury: Your spinal cord is being squeezed probably but not for certain by a disc rupture or boney overgrowth.I f no symptoms I expect you soon will. Surgery is very probable. See a neurosurgeon or orthopedist urgently. ...Read more

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I recently had a cerival mri. Impression:large disc protrusion at c5-6, severe stenosis. Is this myelomalacia?

I recently had a cerival mri. Impression:large disc protrusion at c5-6, severe stenosis. Is this myelomalacia?

No: No, diagnosing myelomalacia on MRI requires signal abnormality within the cord itself, which you don't describe. Chronic compression of the spinal cord could eventually lead to myelomalacia, however. ...Read more

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What to do if i had a cerival mri. Impression:large disc protrusion at c5-6, severe stenosis.Possible myelomalacia?

What to do if i had a cerival mri. Impression:large disc protrusion at c5-6, severe stenosis.Possible myelomalacia?

Herniated disc: Not to worry but you should visit a neurosurgeon in the next week for evaluation and treatment. Myelomalacia is swelling or bruising of the spinal cord from the herniated disc. Do not do repetitive lifting and bending (housework/yardwork) until a neurosurgeon sees you because the weakness and numbness could worsen with these activities. Avoid contact sports or jarring exercises (running) too. ...Read more

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I have cervical spinal stenosis and mylomalacia. Always after a few hrs of activity i get headaches and have to lay flat. Is this common.

Not really: Headaches are not common with myelomalacia but can happen. Lying flat to relieve them sounds more leak a spinal fluid headache. Make sure you dont have something else going on. ...Read more

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Tell me about myelomalacia?

Tell me about myelomalacia?

Imaging finding: Myelomalcia is an imaging term used to describe changes to the spinal cord from an injury. ...Read more

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Is there a test to determine the difference between a cord myelomalacia and demelinating plaque?

Is there a test to determine the difference between a cord myelomalacia and demelinating plaque?

MRI: The best imaging approach is via MRI, and a variety of software applications can sort out characteristics of a focal spinal cord lesion. Myelomalacia simply means damage to spinal cord, and is characteristic of trauma, extrinsic compressive lesion, cord infarct due to stroke, and may also be seen in MS, but more severe in neuromyelitis optica. ...Read more

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