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What does it mean to have chronic cord compression?

What does it mean to have chronic cord compression?

A "squeezed" cord: The spinal cord has less space available then normal due to compression by something (such as a disc herniation, arthritis, tumors, infections, etc.). The word "chronic" implies that this has been going on for a long time and is not a recent problem. Cord compression can be a serious problem with potential paralysis. You should be evaluated by a spinal specialist for this problem. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have cervical cord compression?

What does it mean to have cervical cord compression?

It literally means: That there is something pressing on spinal cord in neck or cervical region that may or may not cause symptoms or physical findings. This compression can be due to: degenerative changes, disc herniation, tumor, fracture, infection or hematoma (blood clot) or spinal deformity. Sometimes there may be no symptoms but there may be changes in the spinal cord on imaging that may need to be addressed. ...Read more

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What is the main difference between cord edema and cord compression?

What is the main difference between cord edema and cord compression?

Cord edema: Cord compression can be relieved cord, edema is often caused by compression of the cord but some conditions cause cord edema without compression MS cord edema implies neural injury to the cord is a late sign some cervical cord compression occurs so slowly that no edema develops hope this helps! ...Read more

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What does it mean to have acute spinal cord compression?

What does it mean to have acute spinal cord compression?

See below: That there is something, bone, disc material, tumor, something reducing the diameter on the spinal canal and causing pressure/compression of the spinal cord and that the compression is acute or rapidly progressing in nature. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: spinal cord compression?

What is the definition or description of: spinal cord compression?

Progressive weakness: Spinal cord compression refers to physical compression of the cervical or thoracic spinal cord. This can occur from injury, infection or tumors. There is also chronic compression from stenosis (narrowing of the spinal confines). The symptoms and outcome vary depending on the cause and the location. Surgical decompression (removing the cause of the compression) is the mainstay of treatment. ...Read more

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What is the appropriate steroid dosage for treatment of cord compression?

What is the appropriate steroid dosage for treatment of cord compression?

Debateable: Unknown conflicting studies IV methyl pred after loading dose this has been debated early studies showed benefit in trauma but later studies showed risks may outweigh benefits studies continue only used first 24 hours after traumatic injury. Timely decompression best treatment. ...Read more

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Is facial para thesis related to cervicle disk herniation with cord compression?

Is facial para thesis related to cervicle disk herniation with cord compression?

Facial Numbness: Causes of numbness in the face

the facial nerve, which is cranial nerve vii, controls facial expression with 7 thousand individual nerve fibers to the facial muscles. Many disorders, conditions and diseases can interrupt the function of the nerve fibers and cause numbness. ...Read more

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If there are two areas of my upper arm that I now can't feel when touched is that a sign of mylopathy or cord compression?

If there are two areas of my upper arm that I now can't feel when touched is that a sign of mylopathy or cord compression?

Cord compression: With spinal stenosis resulting in cord compression, these neurological symptoms are quite common. You need to learn the right PT exercises to alleviate your symptoms as well heat and positioning of arms for maximum comfort. Nerve conduction study by your neurologist can rule out myelopathy if medically suspected. Good luck! ...Read more

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Spinal cord compression treatment?

Relieve compression: Spinal cord compression usually requires urgent surgical intervention to relieve pressure on the spinal cord. ...Read more

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Is back pain a symptom of spinal cord compression?

Is back pain a symptom of spinal cord compression?

Possibly: In most people, the spinal cord ends at the top of the lumbar spine. Hence, most lumbar problems are too low to account for spinal cord compression. However, thoracic or upper lumbar spinal cord compression can be accompanied by pain, usually higher up. ...Read more

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Herniated C5 and C6 with spinal cord compression that is severe, what to do?

Herniated C5 and C6 with spinal cord compression that is severe, what to do?

Spinal cord compress: If the compression is "severe" and you are symptomatic then you need to seriously consider getting the disc that has herniated removed surgically. A consultation with a neurosurgeon would be very helpful here. ...Read more

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Can 12 months of spinal cord compression in the c5/6 and c6/7 cause perment damage?

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

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Can 12 months of spinal cord compression in the c5/6 and c6/7 cause permanent damage?

Can 12 months of spinal cord compression in the c5/6 and c6/7 cause permanent damage?

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

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What is the difference between spinal cord compression & spinal stenosis? Can you have one without the either?

What is the difference between spinal cord compression & spinal stenosis? Can you have one without the either?

Spinal stenosis is: An abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal, usually due to degenerative arthritic. Since the cord runs through the canal, spinal stenosis can cause compression of the cord. But, anything that can press on the cord can cause cord compression, for example, tumor, disc herniation, displaced fracture, hematoma, and instability can also cause cord compression. You don't need stenosis to have compression ...Read more

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I have spinal cord compression at level t10 to t12. I can take small steps not much at all. Would like more info on this and prognoses please.

I have spinal cord compression at level t10 to t12. I can take small steps not much at all. Would like more info on this and prognoses please.

? surgical decompress: Do you have signs of lumbar stenosis? Are you experiencing bladder or bowel problems. Is your stenosis at t-10 to t-12 the only focal problem. See a neurological surgeon, evaluate the potential for surgical relief. If you do nothing, the prognosis could be indeed dismal. Please get proactive and seek treatment. ...Read more

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I have T5-6 Extrusion onto a tethered cord causing high grade cord compression, effacement and flattening. Is there a pain solution other than drugs?

I have T5-6 Extrusion onto a tethered cord causing high grade cord compression, effacement and flattening. Is there a pain solution other than drugs?

Tethered spinal cord: Not an easy question to answer - sounds like you have significant cord compression and need some surgical options considered. The pain is from the compression of the roots and cord - I would suggest a consultation with a neurosurgeon to discuss the various options of treatment. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could spinal cord compression cause psychosis?

Please tell me, could spinal cord compression cause psychosis?

Doubtful: Compression if the cord would more likely produce weakness, pain or paralysis. Adverse reactions to medications used to treat the symptoms of compression could produce psychosis. ...Read more

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How much could Ayurveda treatment help in disc prolapse and cord compression?

How much could Ayurveda treatment help in disc prolapse and cord compression?

Not likely to help: Ayurvedic treatment is not likely to have any effect on disc prolapse and cord compression, as the symptoms are due to a part of the disc physically pressing on one's spinal cord or spinal nerves. Some sort of neurosurgical procedure is usually needed to move or remove the part that is compressing the spinal cord. ...Read more

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What amount of can Ayurveda treatment help in disc prolapse and cord compression?

What amount of can Ayurveda treatment help in disc prolapse and cord compression?

I do not know: It would be best to ask an ayurvedic practitioner what kind of success they have had. I am sure it would help in recovery if surgery were needed. I would suggest acupuncture as I know it can help with back pain. I have seen amazing results with bulging discs and acupuncture. And is it so bad that surgery is needed or still in a bulging position, not fully blown out? ...Read more

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What do you thin about electrical stimulation - acupuncture for spinal cord compression?

What do you thin about electrical stimulation - acupuncture for spinal cord compression?

Let me explain: When you have spinal cord compression documented by mri, the first step is to try remove the compression by surgical means if that possible.
To treat the sequence of the compression you could electrical stimulation and possibly acupuncture. I hope that answer the question for you. ...Read more

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What are the signs of fetal cord compression? Baby has had hada lot of hiccups and moved rather excessively. I'm 29w3d pregnant.

What are the signs of fetal cord compression? Baby has had hada lot of hiccups and moved rather excessively. I'm 29w3d pregnant.

Fetal cord: With all the kicking and acrobatics a baby does during pregnancy, you might wonder why cord accidents aren't more common. The answer is that a normal umbilical cord is thickly coated in a substance called wharton's jelly. This makes the cord very slippery and protects against the cord being compressed by the normal movements of the baby. You should discuss with your OB to relieve your anxiety. ...Read more

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Hi I have disc protrusion and spinal cord compression from C4 to t1. Is this serious and will I need surgery.

Hi I have disc protrusion and spinal cord compression from C4 to t1. Is this serious and will I need surgery.

Spinal cord compress: Disc protusion aree common, cord compression is more serious and the decision for surgery is based on your clinical examination. If your neuro exam reveals cord compression that is when you have to make a decision about potential surgery. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about spinal cord compression, radiculopathy and brachial neuritis. What I would like to know i?

Can you tell me about spinal cord compression, radiculopathy and brachial neuritis. What I would like to know i?

Radiculopathy: Spinal cord compression is often caused by a combination of a herniated disc and bone spurs (osteophytes). Radiculopathy is a compression of the nerve root as it exits the spinal canal. Brachial neuritis (Parsonage Turner Syndrome) is inflammation of the nerves that have already exited the spinal canal but have not reached their target muscle group. ...Read more

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3mm herniated in both T6-T7 and T7-T8 with mild spinal cord compression. Also some of my thoracic disks are degenerated. Is this serious?

3mm herniated in both T6-T7 and T7-T8 with mild spinal cord compression. Also some of my thoracic disks are degenerated. Is this serious?

Risks: If the spinal cord is being threatened or actually compressed, this could eventually result in damage called myelomalacia. The extent of the threat will determine whether surgery is probable. Need to discuss with a neurosurgeon, ASAP. ...Read more

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What are signs of symptoms of cervical cord compression Cuz I'm really scared. Sever neck pain shooting arm pain and weakness getting worse?

What are signs of symptoms of cervical cord compression Cuz I'm really scared. Sever neck pain shooting arm pain and weakness getting worse?

Numbness & weakness: You have some of the sx with pain and radicular pain, but numbness and weakness of the arms and hands also may be present. Why are you waking? See a surgeon or pain doc for am evaluation NOW. A physical exam and EMG will aid in the diagnosis as well as imaging. ...Read more

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No cord compression. Vertebral bodies and spinal cord anormal. Spinal canal adequate. A hemangioma in the T6 vertebral body is noted. What does this me?

No cord compression. Vertebral bodies and spinal cord anormal. Spinal canal adequate. A hemangioma in the T6 vertebral body is noted. What does this me?

Mostly benign: Vertebral hemangiomas are benign vascular malformations that displace the adjacent bone. They are usually asymptomatic and typically no treatment is necessary. Acute symptoms may occur from secondary compression fracture, sudden mass effect, and internal hemorrhage. With these secondary effects, there are invasive and noninvasive therapeutic options. ...Read more

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46 yrs, female, runner Dx'd with grade 2 spondylolisthesis at L4-5 BUT due 2 cord compression @ C-5/6/7 insist asymptomatic c-spine surgery 1st. Idea?

46 yrs, female, runner Dx'd with grade 2 spondylolisthesis at L4-5 BUT due 2 cord compression @ C-5/6/7 insist asymptomatic c-spine surgery 1st. Idea?

C Spine first: The C Spine pathology is the most serious for long term disability. Once that is corrected the address the L-Spine issues ...Read more