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How Will Myelopathy Affect My Health Going Forward
Avoid further trauma: Once myelopathy is diagnosed, your spinal cord needs to be treated gently. Avoid contact sports, impacts to your head, falls, bouncing or jarring. If surgery is required to relieve pressure on your spinal cord, then pursue it. Your spinal cord function can improve after surgery but will not return to normal tolerance to extreme activities. Walking, riding a bike, and swimming are good exercises. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have been diagnosed with Thoracic spondylosis with myelopathy. I have great faith in my neurosurgeon, but want more info. Affects T4-10.
Cervical or lumber: Cervical myelopathy may note one or more of the following heavy feeling in the legs inability to walk at a brisk pace deterioration in fine motor skills (such as handwriting or buttoning a shirt) ntermittent shooting pains into the arms and legs (like an lermitte’s phenomenon) •arm pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
History, exam, MRI: In many cases, your history will show the symptoms of myelopathy (e.g., hand clumsiness, numbness, weakness). A careful exam may show signs of spinal cord problems. In most folks MRI will be the test to confirm the diagnosis (if you cannot have an mri, a ct with dye in the spinal fluid can give similar information to mri). ...Read more
Numb, weak, gait: Common symptoms include numbness (perhaps tingling) in the hands and sometimes the arms. The hands are often weak and lose dexterity (cannot write, type, play musical instruments, button clothing, open bottles). Walking becomes difficult, with decreased balance (need to hold on to walls, use cane or walker). ...Read more
Good question: Some of the things leading to myelopathy do run in families, so letting them know about your experience is good. They may or may not be at risk, but if they experience numbness (especially hands), clumsiness or weakness (hands common again), trouble with balance when walking they should consult their doctor or a spine specialist for examination and testing if needed. ...Read more
Myelopathy: Myelopathy refers to abnormal irritation or injury to the spinal cord, whereas radiculopathy refers to irritation to a nerve root extending from the cord. It can manifest differently depending on the level. Symptoms can include weakness, balance problems, sensory loss, difficulty with fine motor skills, or bowel/bladder problems. Examination will show brisk and sometimes abnormal reflexes. ...Read more
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