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Numbness, tingling, weakeakness bil. Arms and hands. Spinal cord edema. MRI showed stenosis c4-6. MD stated spinal cord edema to severe for just steno?

Numbness, tingling, weakeakness bil. Arms and hands. Spinal cord edema. MRI showed stenosis c4-6. MD stated spinal cord edema to severe for just steno?

Spinal cord edema: Spinal cord edema is never normal is is most certainly the cause of your symptoms. The most common cause is cervical spinal stenosis. However if your MD does not think it is the cause, it is important to eliminate other reasons like infections, tumors, and even multiple sclerosis, depending on you age and other risk factors. ...Read more

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Edema (Definition)

Fluid in the tissues, either caused by something local to the swollen area like an injury or inflammation, or from the body's retention of water. Gravity brings the fluid to the feet & legs in that case. As a general rule, if one foot is swollen, something is wrong with the foot. If both feet are swollen, it's not the feet, but water ...Read more


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My MRI shows focal myelomalacia involving the cervical cord at C5-C6. Severe spinal cord stenosis at C3-C4. Subtle cortical edema inferior to the sten?

My MRI shows focal myelomalacia involving the cervical cord at C5-C6. Severe spinal cord stenosis at C3-C4. Subtle cortical edema inferior to the sten?

Cervical cord injury: Your spinal cord is being squeezed probably but not for certain by a disc rupture or boney overgrowth. I f no symptoms I expect you soon will. Surgery is very probable. See a neurosurgeon or orthopedist urgently. ...Read more

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The MRI says "severe" disc herniation and spinal cord swelling and compression" what does this mean?

The MRI says "severe" disc herniation and spinal cord swelling and compression" what does this mean?

Not good: Your veretebrae bones are seperated by the discs. Your vertebrae make a canal that your spinal cord is protected by. If your disc has a severe herniation, then the contents of the disc are now pushing up against the spinal cord within the spinal canal. Think of your disc as a tube of toothpaste that was left open and now toothpaste is coming out. See your doctor, this needs to be addressed. ...Read more

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I have a swelling on the left side of my rib cage, at the same time I have frozen shoulder, was massage on the back spinal cord area. What causes it?

I have a swelling on the left side of my rib cage, at the same time I have frozen shoulder, was massage on the back spinal cord area. What causes it?

Rib cage swelling: There may be many different reasons why you have swelling around your rib cage. Possible causes include, but are not limited to: rib contusion, rib fracture, costochondritis, shingles, and intercostal neuritis. I would seek a formal evaluation from a qualified medical professional - especially if your swelling is associated with chest pain and/or associated skin lesions. ...Read more

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Need advice on MRI results. Abnormal heterogeneious t2 signal with some swelling within the spinal cord at c5-c6 level, husband had fusion 1.5 years ago on on c4-c6 is this getting worse?

Need advice on MRI results. Abnormal heterogeneious t2 signal with some swelling within the spinal cord at c5-c6 level, husband had fusion 1.5 years ago on on c4-c6 is this getting worse?

Communicate: This is a situation in which the MRI findings must be correlated with both the clinical presentation and the prior appearance of the images. This should be discussed at length with the physician who ordered the test, and information on the internet without actually seeing the images and your husband are unlikely to be helpful. Hope he does well. ...Read more

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Recent MRI, please explain readings. Husband had fusion 2012 c4-c5. New MRI focal swelling with heterogeneous abnormal signal in the spinal cord atc5-c6 suggesting neoplasm has improved.

Recent MRI, please explain readings. Husband had fusion 2012 c4-c5. New MRI focal swelling with heterogeneous abnormal signal in the spinal cord atc5-c6 suggesting neoplasm has improved.

Funny MRI: Probably means something abnormal was seen at that level early and looks better. Not every neoplasm appearance is a tumor and not every tumor is a cancer so to really tell you need the ortho or neurosurgeon to compare results carefully with the radiologists help and answer your question better. ...Read more

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Recent MRI of cervical spine shows spinal cord swelling at c5- C6, had acdf sugery in sept. Why is there still swellinh?

Recent MRI of cervical spine shows spinal cord swelling at c5- C6, had acdf sugery in sept. Why is there still swellinh?

Hard to say: There are multiple potential causes. It still might be residual from what you had before surgery, there may be continued compression, or have been a surgical complication. Your surgeon would be the best to interpret the meaning of the study based upon your individual case. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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What's the correct way of doing a spinal tap for opening pressure? I have a v.P shunt that shouldn't have been placed. Has edema and pain along the path

What's the correct way of doing a spinal tap for opening pressure? I have a v.P shunt that shouldn't have been placed. Has edema and pain along the path

Depends: Shunts can have all kinds of complications. I'd talk with the neurosurgeon that placed the shunt first. Make sure there is not something wrong with the shunt itself before having a spinal tap. ...Read more

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My MRI showed "clumping of the nerve roots" and" parpara spinal muscle edema and mild atrophy" what do these mean? Please help! : (

My MRI showed "clumping of the nerve roots" and" parpara spinal muscle edema and mild atrophy" what do these mean? Please help! : (

Previous surgery?: A condition called chronic arachnoiditis can cause clumping of the nerve roots. Previous surgery or nerve damage can cause the changes in the paraspinal muscles you describe. A neurosurgeon or orthopedic back surgeon can give you the best guidance. ...Read more

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Can a whiplash injury cause bone edema? I am being sent for an MRI following spinal x-ray, and am a little concerned. Whiplash injury 2 months ago, X-ray showed swelling and damage as well as bone oedema?

Can a whiplash injury cause bone edema? I am being sent for an MRI following spinal x-ray, and am a little concerned. Whiplash injury 2 months ago, X-ray showed swelling and damage as well as bone oedema?

The: The cervical spine is made up of spinal vertebrae, disks, joints, muscles and ligaments. Spinal injury may damage these structures and cause swelling, tearing and breaking of these structures. This can be seen as edema (swelling) in bones. Edema is best seen on mri. Whiplash usually injures the soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, etc). Severe whiplash injuries may injure the bones and cause bone edema. ...Read more

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Positive, intense uptake on bone scan, lose spinal hardware, bone marrow edema, family history, paternal taking Forteo to strengthen bones.?? ideas?

Positive, intense uptake on bone scan, lose spinal hardware, bone marrow edema, family history, paternal taking Forteo to strengthen bones.?? ideas?

For one: You probably should remove the hardware. Increased uptake is informing you there is bone activity. You don't state on what phase. This could indicate a fracture or infection.... The doctor should have a clinical suspicion of what he is looking for.
If removing the hardware a bone biopsy can be performed if suspecting infection. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disc at t8 and t9 and an edema at t7 putting pressure on spinal cord. I see doc friday, should I be worried and careful until then?

Thoracic disc: It is very rare for thoracic discs to suddenly cause neurologic problems... Meaning paralysis. Most often the radiology report sounds worse than the real images reveal. Make sure the orthopaedic spine surgeon puts your complaints, examination and images together to make the right recommendation. It's truly a rare indication for surgery, only if the cord is really bad.... Good luck! ...Read more

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What can injure the spinal cord?

What can injure the spinal cord?

Spinal cord injury: Anything that can cause pressure, gradually or suddenly, may injure the spinal cord. That would include arthritis, herniated disc, tumor, infections. Instability would allow the cord to be stretched or bruised: after trauma, rheumatoid arthritis, surgery. Vascular abnormalities could interfere with spinal cord circulation like a stroke. Abnormal spinal fluid flow could cause internal cord damage. ...Read more

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Is there another name for the spinal cord?

Is there another name for the spinal cord?

Spinal cord: Actually yes, it is also called medulla spinalis, medulla means a structure in the middle of the organ and spinalis is related to the vertebral spines as the peripheral nerves originate from the spinal cord on both sides of the vertebral spines. ...Read more

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Could dr. Reconnect nerves to my spinal cord?

Could dr. Reconnect nerves to my spinal cord?

Not yet I am: Sorry to say. This is something medicine is working on very hard right now with stem cells and grafts, but the science just is not there yet. ...Read more

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How can they not pierce the spinal cord in an lp?

TECHNIQUE: The lumbar puncture is performed below the level of the spial cord. The nerve roots are usually mobile and are pushed out of the way by the needle. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a baby not to have a spinal cord?

Is it possible for a baby not to have a spinal cord?

Unlikely: Lethal issue.
There are a variety of survivable spinal conditions. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me functions of the spinal cord?

Can you please tell me functions of the spinal cord?

Contains the nerves: Which go to your muscles of your body
and also to the sensory receptors in your body. You have a complex nervous system which has sympathetic, parasympathetic and yoru sensation and motor control. These neurons and axons are in the spinal cord and control your body. It transmits the electrical impulses which control yoru bodies functions and muscles. ...Read more

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My spinal cord simulator is recalled. Would you recommend I have it removed?

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My spinal cord simulator is recalled. Would you recommend I have it removed?

SCS replacement: Spinal cord stimulator includes two parts, lead and generator. If your generator is recalled, it's a simple replacement. If the leads are recalled, it can be replaced too, but more complicated.
The more important question is how well it works for your pain. If it works well, you should have it replaced. If it doesn't work well, talk to your doctor to see if it can be reprogrammed before removal. ...Read more

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What is spinal cord stimulation?

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

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What is spinal cord stimulation like?

What is spinal cord stimulation like?

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

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What causes a syrinx within the spinal cord?

What causes a syrinx within the spinal cord?

Syringomyelia: A syrinx can occur from a post-traumtic spinal cord injury. Consult a neurosurgeon who specializes in this to best determine the best course of treatment. ...Read more

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How can shattering the spinal cord kill you?

How can shattering the spinal cord kill you?

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

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Can lupus attack the spinal cord?

Can lupus attack the spinal cord?

Yes: Systemic lupus erythematosis is an auto-immune disorder (antibodies attack the body's own connective tissue in multiple organs). It can be anything from a very mild disorder to one which affects the kidneys, skin, joints, linings of heart or lungs, heart, etc. And yes, the central or peripheral nervous system, including spinal cord. There are many different neurologic manifestations of lupus. ...Read more

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Can you repair t5 spinal cord injury?

Can you repair t5 spinal cord injury?

Depends: Spinal cord injury is very complex and the ability to "fix" the problem depends on many things including how badly the nerves have been injured, the age of the patient, the mechanism of injury, etc. Unfortunately, the overall healing potential of the spinal cord is quite poor and many injuries result in permanent problems. ...Read more

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What is tethered spinal cord syndrome?

Stretched spine: Tethered cord syndrome is where the spinal cord is stretched because it failed to grow along with the rest of the spine. The cord is attached to the sacrum but as we grow as a child this attachment lengthens along with our body growing taller. When this does not happen, the cord stretches and this causes pain, weakness, and bowel/bladder problems. If very symptomatic, it requires surgery. ...Read more

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Top causes of spinal cord inflammation?

Myelitis: Multiple sclerosis can present with a partial transverse myelitis; neuromyelitis optica; viral post infectious or acute transverse myelitis; sarcoidosis; compressive myelopathy; infections (syphilis, lyme's disease, poliomyelitis). ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more