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Impingement Of Spinal Cord
Orthopedic: Mri shows right foraminal narrowing (moderate-sev) but notes no central cervical spinal canal stenosis. Any impingement into spinal cord?
An MRI report shows no central cervical spinal canal stenosis but does show a right sided foraminal narrowing. Any impingement on the spinal cord?
Puzzled: If there were impingement on the spinal cord, the report would say so. Presumably you didn't just wander into an MR center & make an impulse purchase. The MRI was ordered by a Dr who took a history & did physical. It's Dr's responsibility to review test results with you or if he can't, to find someone who can. You have a right to an explanation in terms you understand. ...Read more
I have IH and how do I know when to go to ER for LP? Also have you heard of discs pressing spinal cord causing impingement on csf flo? I don't have a leak.
Why the ER?: Intracranial hypertension is NOT an emergency. Using the ER as a walk-in clinic is a MISuse of the ER and ER staff. Why are you posting that question here? You can't just order up an LP. You and your doctor together properly should decide if you need one. Ask him/her when you need one. Your doctor can then schedule it as an outpatient procedure ("day surgery"). That's the way to do it. ...Read more
Degenerative disc disease with bilateral neural foraminal narrowing with spinal canal narrowing and spinal cord impingement at L2-L3 (9mm) with neurofibroma-will these conditions be treated without any surgry?
First, if there are signs of nerve damage (strength, sensation, changes in control of bowel or bladder) then surgery is indicated. Then.... 1-10% of the population has lumbar disk disease and surgery is not generally done and doesn't have that good of an effect when it is.
Neurofibroma in spine complicates things. A Lot. It's a growing benign tumor and surgery might spread it. Radiation therapy. ...Read more
Can be: But a careful examination by a specialist can tease out the difference. ...Read more
YES: Damage to the nerves that supply the perineum may result in penile numbness. It is well known that bicycle riding, which is an excellent aerobic exercise, may result in penile numbness. This may result from nerve damage or vascular compression resulting arterial insuffiency, swelling and even blood clots. If you're having numbness your pcp may refer you to a urologist & neurolidt for evaluation. ...Read more
Mri-t12-l1 l4-l5 l5-s1 disk protrusion no nerve impingement or spinal stenosis. Left low back buttock leg pain ×3 wks. Foot cold tingling. Worse when sitting standing walking. 10 days steriod no help?
Delaying in this: Circumstance isn't advisable. Your symptoms suggest impingement, either through direct nerve compression or swelling around the nerve. In any event, a discussion with your neurologist/neurosurgeon about an epidural steroid (or transforaminal steroid) injection should happen sooner, rather than later. Although a cold, numb foot may be related to other (vascular) problems, nerve problems are primary. ...Read more
Not very: The spinal cord is roughly 18 inches long and somewhere between 1/4 and 1/2 inch in diameter. It extends from the foramen magnum (the giant hole at the base of the skull) to approximately the 10th-12th thoracic vertebrae. ...Read more
Spinal fluid (CSF): Cerebrospinal fluid is produced deep in the brain and then flows down and out around the spinal cord, bathing the brain and cord in protective fluid. It is primarily water with ions (sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium), protein, glucose, and other trace substances. ...Read more
Bad Prognosis: If spinal cord is severed, all functions inferior will be essentially ablated, and paralysis, sensory perception loss, and bowel/ bladder function will be destroyed. A crush is more variable with maybe some preservation of function, but could be as severe as through and through cut. ...Read more
Not all: Check your make and model and then consult the specific website for recall info. ...Read more
Neurosurgeon.: Neurosurgeons generally do this.Get a more detailed answer ›
Let me explain: If you half of the cord damaged? You will lose the function belong to that part of the cord. ...Read more
Neuromodulation: SCS directs electrical current to the spinal cord or spinal nerves. There are many different proprietary wave forms and energy sources on the market to provide this stimulation. This modulation of different nerve fibers using electricity to produce pain relief is called neuromodulation. This is most effective in nerve related pain. The most common use is for patients who have had spinal surgery. ...Read more
Electrifying!: Spinal cord stimulation performed for relief of chronic pain involves insertion of electrodes in the back part of the spinal canal. These are guided up to a level at which pain reduction occurs upon administration of a small electric current. Spinal cord stimulation is rarely done for other purposes in routine practice. ...Read more
Spinal cord injury: Is an injury to the actual cord of portions of neurons that extend from the base of your brain down the spinal canal and send the nerves to the rest of your body from the brain. The actual injury can be numerous mechanisms, from anything from trauma to infection to infarct, severing communication of some degree from your brain to the levels below the injury. ...Read more
Autonomic system: In addition to carrying nerve pathways that control the movement of muscles and sensation from the arms, legs, and trunk, the spinal cord also supplies the muscles responsible for respiration. More importantly, it carries sympathetic and parasympathetic fibers that control heart rate, blood pressure, and influence breathing patterns. ...Read more
By incidence, the most common tumors that affect the spinal cord (sc) are metastatic (55%; from lung, breast, prostate or lymphoma). Looking at the sc from superficial to deep, the next layer affected are tumors within the dural sac but out of the sc (40%). These include schwannomas and meningiomas.
Last layer are tumor within the sc (about 5%), which include astrocytomas and ependymomas. ...Read more
No but lots to do!: A spinal cord injury cannot be cured but a good rehabilitation program can manage symptoms and help the person return to the most active lifestyle possible. The activities the person will be able to do depend on what part of the spine was affected (level of injury). ...Read more
Numbness, paralysis: Spinal cord injury affects the function of things below the site of the injury. There is a direct relationship between the spot on the cord damaged and changes below that point. So, the higher up the injury, the more damage is noted. This can be leg numbness or paralysis, the same for arms and if the neck is involved, breathing may be affected. ...Read more
Well not really:
Of course you can have injury only to your cord
but usually since there is a very heavily muscled and ligamentous and bony structures surrounding your cord - they can be injured as well. Ask yoru physician if you have an associated injuries. ...Read more