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Sinusitis Related To Cervical Stenosis And Spondylosis
I was diagnosed with cervical spondylosis almost 3 years ago. Now with second mri, diagnosed with cervical stenosis with bulging disc. How bad is it?
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
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
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
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
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
...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
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
I have cervical stenosis and did not bleed for 3/12 months. I then has gushes for several days, & now have blood coming out daily for 2 weeks? Why?
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
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
Less likely: More likely thoracic if pain is middle/upper back. ...Read more
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
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
I'm 25 years old and have cervical stenosis from the foreman magnum down. What can cause this? Is it serious? Will I need surgery?
Spinal stenosis: You need to be under close supervision of a good neurosurgeon and follow his advice. ...Read more
I have cervical stenosis and did not bleed for 3 1/2 months. I had gushes for several days then bleeding off and on for 2 weeks now. Why? Action?
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
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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