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What are the tests for myelopathy?

What are the tests for myelopathy?

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

Dr. Larry Armstrong
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What are the common symptoms of myelopathy?

What are the common symptoms of myelopathy?

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 more

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How do you diagnose degenerative myelopathy?

How do you diagnose degenerative myelopathy?

Imaging and exam: 1st step is the physical exam will show signs like weakness and stiffness. Urinary problems too. Imaging like a ct or MRI wil confirm. ...Read more

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What symptoms are associated with myelopathy?

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

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In what way is degenerative myelopathy passed on?

In what way is degenerative myelopathy passed on?

Please repost: Where did you come across this term "degenerative myelopathy"? The term refers to a disease of dogs, not people. Please clarify what you are asking about. ...Read more

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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 more

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What does I need to tell my child when older about having had myelopathy?

What does I need to tell my child when older about having had myelopathy?

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

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How is degenerative myelopathy passed on genetically?

Please repost: Sorry, the term "degenerative myelopathy" is not commonly applied to humans. Degenerative myelopathy is a disease of dogs. Please explain where you came across the term. ...Read more

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Polyradiculopathy or myelopathy. What does that mean?

Different things: A myleopathy is a neurologic issue usually related to spinal cord compression either from within the cord like a tumor or syringomyelia or due to external reasons like a disc herniaion or spinal stenosis. Sometimes there are cord changes that are present and remain chronic even though the problem causing it was fixed. A polyradiculopathy is when multiple nerve roots are involved. ...Read more

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What is myelopathy (cervical) definition & all info about it plz?

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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What's the difference between myelopathy & radiculopathy and what are symptoms of both.

Cervical Myelopathy: Michael: Myelopathy refers to loss of function & weakness in arms and legs, both sides, from compression of the spinal cord within the neck. Radiculopathy is loss of function in a specific region (one side) of an extremity (arm or leg) due to irritation and / or compression of a spinal nerve root; manifests as pain traveling from the spine into the specific region the nerve innervates. ...Read more

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I have been diagnose with lumber intervertable disc without myelopathy and I've been to thearpy and the pains are getting worse what else could I do?

I have been diagnose with lumber intervertable disc without myelopathy and I've been to thearpy and the pains are getting worse what else could I do?

Lumbar disc: Lumbar disc disease is often treated with physical therapy. If the pain persists, cortisone injections with a pain management physician may help alleviate the pain. Alternatively, chiropractic care, aquatic therapy and surgery can reduce the pain associated with lumbar disc disease. See your neurosurgeon for further treatment options. ...Read more

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Cervical myelopathy. What is it?

Cord dysfunctional: The spinal cord malfunctions and there are multiple reasons including cord compression from things compressing it, expanding it or even stretching it or conditions that cause changes within the cord itself like irradiation. ...Read more

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Could an MRI show myelopathy on it?

Could an MRI show myelopathy on it?

Yes, in many cases: Myelopathy is a term for spinal cord disease. If the myelopathy is caused by mechanical compression, this is almost always visible on mri. Mri can also sometimes see myelopathy caused by inflammation or other metabolic problems. This being said, MRI is only one part of a full evaluation for a patient with a myelopathy. ...Read more

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What is cervical myelopathy due to?

Multiple reasons: A large disc herniation, narrowing of spinal canal due to degenerative changes, calcification of spine ligaments with enlargement, spinal trauma, instabilities secondary to prior trauma or degeneration, cysts, tumors, epidural abscesses, syringomyelia, post radiation, to name several reasons. Most times the spinal canal is too narrow for the spinal cord. ...Read more

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What causes most cervical myelopathy?

What causes most cervical myelopathy?

Neck arthritis: Myelopathy from spinal cord pressure is usually from disk bulges or herniations, bone spurs, ligament thickening from the degeneration ("aging") process ("arthritis" or spondylosis). People born with small canals and tendency for degeneration are more likely to get it than people born with large canals (the channel for the spinal cord). ...Read more

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Is there a test for degenerative myelopathy?

Myelopathy: There are many tests for myelopathy.

One of the most simple ones that you can do on your own is try walking heel to toe in a straight line (like a sobriety test).

If you lose your balance this could be a sign of myelopathy. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is cervical myelopathy?

What sort of disease is cervical myelopathy?

Weakness: This literally means 'muscle weakness coming from the neck' or any kind of 'pinching of the nerves' in the neck causing weakness in the upper extremities. A MRI is the best test to find the source: usually a 'bulging disc' but a tumor needs to be ruled out. ...Read more

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Can cervical myelopathy lead to disabilities?

Can cervical myelopathy lead to disabilities?

Yes: By definition, a cervical myelopathy is a condition that causes compression of the spinal cord in the neck. The symptoms of cervical myelopathy can be weakness in upper limbs in particular but can also cause weakness in the legs as well. In the upper limbs, one can see muscle wasting, particularly in the hands. Severe cord compression can cause problems with the bowels and bladder. See a doc. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get cervical myelopathy?

Pretty common: It is fairly common, though not as common as neck pain without nerve type symptoms or radiculopathy (arm pain, numbness, tingling, weakness due to irritation or pressure on a nerve rather than the spinal cord itself). ...Read more

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I know cervical myelopathy has consequences. What are they?

Paralysis: If left untreated a cervical myelopathy will get progressively worse and lead to increasing difficulty using your hand, arms and increasing difficulty walking. You should see a neurosurgeon for a discussion regarding treatment options. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get cervical myelopathy, or is it unusual?

Not very frequent: Cervical myelopathy means the discs are compressing the spinal cord, causing spinal cord dysfunction, no just pain, they have to have weakness in there legs and sensory symptoms --this is rare

more common cervical radiculopathy, where a disc compress one nerve root coming out, cause weakness, numbness and pain in one arm. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose and treat cervical spondylotic myelopathy?

Spinal cord pinching: Myelopathy means abnormality of spinal cord, and cervical spondylosis implies progressive deterioration of the neck vertebrae. Therefore, body changes eventually compress the cord in the neck. Mri films can demonstrate the compression. Treatment may require surgical decompression. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: cervical myelopathy?

Cervical cord dis: Myelopathy means pathology affecting the spinal cord in the case in the cervical region vascular lesions, tumors inflammation degenerative disc disorders or infection are the usual causes. ...Read more

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What does "spinal cord signal is normal with no evidence of myelopathy", mean?

Normal image: The spinal cord looks normal on imaging with nothing to suggest pathology of the spinal cord (inflammatory, traumatic, vascular, etc.) as a cause for any neurological deficit. ...Read more

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What can minor prominence of central canal lower thoriac be? Apart from myelopathy? Thankyou

Not certain: As a practicing spine surgeon, I have never heard of " minor prominence of central canal." Whatever this may be, it appears to be a description of a CT or MRI of your thoracic spine. Myelopathy is a clinical finding. It is not something you can see on films. Myelopathy is often caused by narrowing of central canal mostly in cervical spine and occasionally in thoracic spine which can be seen CT/MRI ...Read more

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Myelopathy of the spine. Does this include any Tumor? Does the word myelopathy also mean Tumor? Thanks

No it does not: Myelopathy of the spinal cord is a result of a process affecting the spinal cord. Myelopathy can affect any part of the spinal cord common cause of myelopathy is disc or bone spurs pressing on the spinal cord resulting in neurologic abnormalities. Inflammatory diseases such as lupus can cause myelopathy. A cancer/tumor could cause a myelopathy but myelopathy does not mean tumor ...Read more

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