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Can Cervical Stenosis without myelopathy progress to Stenosis with myelopathy?

Can Cervical Stenosis without myelopathy progress to Stenosis with myelopathy?

It could: There is a narrowing of your neck canal which is the stenosis. If the narrowing gets worse yes it could cause a myelopathy. This is something you fallow along with your physician, to identify this and then treated as you may need. ...Read more

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A stricture is an anatomic narrowing of any structure in the body with a lumen. Depending on the organ, the underlying causes can be traumatic, ...Read more


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F/u question, I'm a competative equestrian rider & Skier, with severe cervical stenosis& myelopathy. How much risk am I putting myself in to continue?

X-games: Good Lord, Roger! Horse riding and skiing, why not do some sky diving along with that. Okay, no joke, you've chosen some really risky sports already and you have bone disease on top of that. I can't give you a number or percentage of your risk but I can truthfully tell you that you're not doing anything to help yourself. Try a low impact sport like swimming or biking. Good luck :) ...Read more

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In Short, is is possible that slurred speech could be related to Severe Cervical Stenosis with Myelopathy @ C4-C5, C5-C6 and C6-C7 level (symptomatic)?

In Short, is is possible that slurred speech could be related to Severe Cervical Stenosis with Myelopathy @ C4-C5, C5-C6 and C6-C7 level (symptomatic)?

Less likely related: C 3 C4 C5 keeps the diaphragm alive so it could contribute to beathing difficulties. Slurred speech may have a different cause. Please follow up with your doctor or to the Emergency Room if this is a new complaint of slurred speech. ...Read more

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What is the risk of having severe cervical spinal stenosis myelopathy? There is almost no CSF around T3/T4. Is this a dangerous concern?

What is the risk of having severe cervical spinal stenosis myelopathy? There is almost no CSF around T3/T4. Is this a dangerous concern?

Cervical level: T3/T4 is at the thoracic level, not the cervical level. In order to diagnose cervical spinal myelopathy and MRI of the neck or cervical spine would be helpful.

The CSF may be narrow at some levels, but this not always of concern. Why is it narrow? Is something out of place? Was there a spinal fracture at T3/4, or was this an incidental finding? Your answer makes a difference. ...Read more

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What is the risk of having severe cervical spinal stenosis myelopathy? There is almost no CSF around T3/T4&6 due to narrowing from the disks and steno

What is the risk of having severe cervical spinal stenosis myelopathy? There is almost no CSF around T3/T4&6 due to narrowing from the disks and steno

Increasing neurologi: Compression of the spinal cord can occur due to spinal stenosis. which will often cause pain in the back and or in the legs. This can further progress to muscle weakness, weaker legs and paralysis if not treated in time. You need to see a neurologist or a neurosurgeon to guide you in further managing this problem.. ...Read more

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I have lumbar myelopathy from stenosis also cervical stenosis, my legs and feet cramp up so bad after being on them all day long at night which makes?

I have lumbar myelopathy from stenosis also cervical stenosis, my legs and feet cramp up so bad after being on them all day long at night which makes?

Further evaluation: If you have a diagnosis of myelopathy, please consult your health care provider about a therapeutic plan, which could include not only surgical intervention but also other aspects such as physical therapy and other activities such as yoga and pilates which may be helpful to you. ...Read more

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What exercises are good for cervical spinal stenosis?

What exercises are good for cervical spinal stenosis?

There is not a: Specific set of exercises for this other than general stretching, cardiovascular and strengthening programs to be in good general shape. ...Read more

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What is meant by cervical spinal stenosis?

What is meant by cervical spinal stenosis?

Narrowing: In its most simple term, stenosis refers to narrowing, while cervical refers to the neck region. So, cervical spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal column in the neck. ...Read more

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Can you get cervical spinal stenosis from a fall?

Yes, sort of: If you fractured or dislocated your spine or caused a disc to herniate, then yes. These would likely require severe trauma. Otherwise, if MRI or ct shows congenital (from birth) or acquired (degenerative) stenosis, this is not trauma or fall related. Not to say a fall in the presence of stenosis couldn't cause the onset of symptoms or even (rare) paralysis. ...Read more

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Can cervical spinal stenosis be caused by a fall?

Can cervical spinal stenosis be caused by a fall?

Yes: Congenital spinal stenosis means that the spinal canal has a narrow diameter because you're born that way. Cervical degenerative spine disease can also lead to stenosis. A fall can result in a herniation or slipped disc and result in spinal stenosis. ...Read more

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Does cervical stenosis always lead to paralysis?

Not Necessarily: Cervical stenosis, or narrowing of the canal that the spinal cord passes through in the neck, causes many different symptoms and if left untreated can lead to paralysis in some cases. It is treatable with surgery, however. The key is to obtain treatment before the stenosis is severe enough to damage the spinal cord. I would discuss your concerns with a neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have cervical spinal stenosis?

Narrowing: Stenosis can be central, narrowing of the canal formed by the bony arch of the vertebrae that the spinal cord hangs in. Or it can be narrowing of the openings to the sides that the spinal nerves exit between the vertebrae. This can be caused by hypertrophy or thickening of the bony parts or the ligament along the back of the vertebral bodies or the discs pushing into the spaces or a combination. ...Read more

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What increases my risk for cervical spinal stenosis?

Disc diease: Arthritis, some time having infection and tumors in that area. ...Read more

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Could a cervical spinal stenosis be caused by a fall?

No: Degenerative cervical spinal stenosis takes years to develop, usually not from an event such as a fall.

That being said, a person with pre-existing spinal stenosis of cervical spine can sustain central cord syndrome/contusion from the fall, become very symptomatic. ...Read more

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Can severe cervical stenosis cause swallowing difficulty?

Not usually: Cervival stenosis by itself should not cause swallowing problems, however of you have very, very large bone spurs (osteophytes) on the front (ventral) aspect of your cervical spine then it is possible to have swallowing problems from that. You can get a swallow study or scope to look into it. ...Read more

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Could it happen such that a cervical spinal stenosis be caused by a fall?

Could it happen such that a cervical spinal stenosis be caused by a fall?

Cervical stenosis: ...Hmm, only if it caused a severe sudden disc herniation or perhaps a fracture, otherwise stenosis is a process of gradual degeneration and not an acute disease.
What can happen is that stenosis symptoms suddenly worsen due to alittle instability that occurred during the fall, and tight nerves were suddenly squeezed some more, and that gave you the symptoms... Good luck! ...Read more

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I have mild to moderate cervical stenosis. If I had myelolamacia would that of been indicated on MRI report?

Yes: Myelomalacia as an effect of chronic spinal cord compression from substantial cervical stenosis is clearly visible on an MRI study. I have never seen it with mild to moderate cervical stenosis, and typically, my pts at risk have had spinal canal diameters at 10 mm or below. When cord is threatened, surgery is mandated. ...Read more

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What does myleomalcia feel like? I do have cervical stenosis. Everyday I am in chronic pain. Does this cause death or will it progress?

Varies: Myelomalacia has a tremendous spectrum of symptamatology varying from asymptomatic to complete paralysis. There is no sure way of knowing if cervical stenosis will progress. Certainly if it reaches a certain state surgery may be necessary. ...Read more

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What can be done for spinal cervical stenosis?

What can be done for spinal cervical stenosis?

Many things: Depending on the severity, stenosis of the cervical spine can be treated with medications, physical therapy, injections, or surgery. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about surgery for cervical stenosis?

Can you tell me about surgery for cervical stenosis?

Different types: Cervical stenosis can cause neck and arm pain. In more severe cases, it may compress the spinal cord enough to produce legs and bowel/bladder problems. Surgery, if required, can be performed from the front of the neck (anterior approach) or from the back (posterior). It may require a fusion, where bone is placed to fuse several vertebra together. Your neurosurgeon can explain the risks of either. ...Read more

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Can cervical stenosis cause pain to middle upper back?

Can cervical stenosis cause pain to middle upper back?

Less likely: More likely thoracic if pain is middle/upper back. ...Read more

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Help please! Could cervical stenosis cause difficulty with breathing?

Help please! Could cervical stenosis cause difficulty with breathing?

Not likely: That would not be a likely symptom from cervical stenosis unless the patient had suffered a spinal cord injury. Check out spine-health. Com. ...Read more

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Could cervical stenosis cause pain in your upper middle back on the spine?

Yes: Cerivcal stenosis may cause headaches, neck pain or upper back pain, but upper back pain is commonly caused by arthritis or muscles (myofascial pain). This type of pain may respond well to physical therapy, heat, anti-inflammatories, steroid injections or radiofrequency ablation (rfa) treatments. I would recommend discussing it with your doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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How can I help prevent cervical spinal stenosis?

How can I help prevent cervical spinal stenosis?

You can't: The size of the canal is inherited. The secondary degenerative leading to further narrowing is also linked to genetics. You may be able to reduce this by healthy living (regular exercise, no tobacco use, etc), but overall you have little influence on this condition. ...Read more

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Can cervical stenosis cause dizziness and headaches?

Can cervical stenosis cause dizziness and headaches?

The degenerative: Changes that can be a cause of the spinal stenosis can lead to headaches originating in the back of the head or occipital region but would be unlikely a cause of dizziness unless those same degenerative chamges lead to a narrowing of the bony canals of the vertebral arteries that pass up through the cervical spine. ...Read more

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When is it time to have surgery with Cervical Spinal Stenosis?

When is it time to have surgery with Cervical Spinal Stenosis?

Easy question: It's YOUR call. The best way to handle this (surgery for low back/sciatica pain works the same) is to keep following conservative measures (meds, aquatherapy/PT, thermal therapy, etc.) until as Popeye says, "I caint takes it no more! " Pain, numbness/tingling will drive you to the point where you'll be PLEADING for the surgeon. Then, it's time. Weakness/atrophy in Upper Extremities? - Do it NOW. ...Read more

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Could loss of cervical lordosis /cervical stenosis cause fasiculations?

Yes: These can occur when a motor nerve is being pinched or they can be totally unrelated to any disease. Check with a good neurologist if they are bothering you. ...Read more

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Is having a cervical spinal stenosis a valid reason to apply for disability?

Is having a cervical spinal stenosis a valid reason to apply for disability?

Depends: Cervical spinal stenosis can be a valid reason to apply for disability if it is severe and causes disabling symptoms--like severe pain or weakness of the arms. The validity of it being a disabling diagnosis is stronger if all treatment options have been tried and failed. ...Read more

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Do you think that pain management can help the headache problem if infact it's caused by bad cervical stenosis (injections)?

Yes: Facet injection stenosis usually causes arm pain headaches caused by protective muscle activity treat upper facets in cervical spine. ...Read more

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Is it normal not to bleed after curettage and whether it indicates some complications caused curettage as cervical stenosis or Asherman's syndrome?

Is it normal not to bleed after curettage and whether it indicates some complications caused curettage as cervical stenosis or Asherman's syndrome?

Period: While some people may have bleeding spotting in the first few days after surgery it's not necessary to do so. Some bleeding would be perfectly normal but a lack of bleeding would be even better. What you're looking for this for a return of your normal menstrual cycle during the following month. ...Read more

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Is tightness associated with cervical spinal stenosis?

Perhaps: If by tightness you mean the muscles of your arms or legs tighten on their own, there may be increased muscle tone, and that can be a sign of myelopathy, a condition associated with cervical canal stenosis. ...Read more

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