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I have cervical spinal cord compression due to a disc protrusion. I have had a headache today. Do I need to go to er or just Gp. When do I go to ER?

ER

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If it is truly an acute cervical compression of the "cord" due to an acute traumatic compression, and headache is only one of several symptoms (difficulty walking, diff. with coordination, limb numbness, bowel or bladder loss), then go the ER. Have you had an MRI that shows a "protrusion?" If it is a small protrusion not affecting the cord, then your GP would be more appropriate.
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Dr. William Newton answered:

What causes most spinal cord injuries to occur in the cervical or lumbar region?

Trauma

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Most causes of spinal cord injury result from trauma. Some diseases can also cause spinal cord injury as well. Anatomically there is no spinal cord beyond the L1 level of the lumbar spine.
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Dr. Atif Haque answered:

Is back pain a symptom of Spinal cord compression?

Possibly

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In most people, the spinal cord ends at the top of the lumbar spine. Hence, most lumbar problems are too low to account for spinal cord compression. However, thoracic or upper lumbar spinal cord compression can be accompanied by pain, usually higher up.
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What are symptoms of spinal cord compression? Neck and shoulder have been tight but improving with PT and MT. Dull sensation down 1 arm and leg .

Severe pain locally

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or radiating pain,numbness weakness.
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What is the definition or description of: Spinal Cord Compression?

Progressive weakness

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Spinal cord compression refers to physical compression of the cervical or thoracic spinal cord. This can occur from injury, infection or tumors. There is also chronic compression from stenosis (narrowing of the spinal confines). The symptoms and outcome vary depending on the cause and the location. Surgical decompression (removing the cause of the compression) is the mainstay of treatment.
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Dr. Vic Kalman answered:

Can 12 months of spinal cord compression in the C5/6 and C6/7 cause permanent damage?

Depends on Cause

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Spinal cord compression occurs when something is pressing down on the nerves so that they do not function properly. Depending on the cause and location of the compression a person could experience, numbness, pain and loss of motor function if severe. A SUDDEN LOSS OF MOTOR FUNCTION IS SIGNIFICANT AND SHOULD NOT BE IGNORED. Constant compression can cause permanent damage.
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Dr. Chaim B. Colen answered:

Spinal cord compression treatment?

Relieve compression

spinal cord compression usually requires urgent surgical intervention to relieve pressure on the spinal cord.
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What does it mean to have acute spinal cord compression?

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That there is something, bone, disc material, tumor, something reducing the diameter on the spinal canal and causing pressure/compression of the spinal cord and that the compression is acute or rapidly progressing in nature.
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Dr. Mark Diamond answered:

Can acupuncturist or chiropractor solve the problem of spinal cord compression?

No

They may be able to relieve some pain. But cure-no1
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Dr. William Newton answered:

Can 12 months of spinal cord compression in the c5/6 and c6/7 cause perment damage?

Yes

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Many times we do not know there is spinal cord compression until the patient presents with some complaint of pain or weakness. MRIs can show us changes within the cord which can help to confirm the level of injury. If there is weakness and compression then surgical decompression is warranted. This may result in some improvement in pain and weakness, but there may not be full recovery.
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