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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?

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: 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. ...Read more

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Spinal Cord Compression (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Is back pain a symptom of spinal cord compression?

Is back pain a symptom of spinal cord compression?

Possibly: 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. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: spinal cord compression?

What is the definition or description of: spinal cord compression?

Progressive weakness: 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. ...Read more

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Herniated C5 and C6 with spinal cord compression that is severe, what to do?

Herniated C5 and C6 with spinal cord compression that is severe, what to do?

Spinal cord compress: If the compression is "severe" and you are symptomatic then you need to seriously consider getting the disc that has herniated removed surgically. A consultation with a neurosurgeon would be very helpful here. ...Read more

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

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

Depends on Cause: 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. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have acute spinal cord compression?

What does it mean to have acute spinal cord compression?

See below: 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. ...Read more

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

Yes: 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. ...Read more

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Spinal cord compression treatment?

Relieve compression: Spinal cord compression usually requires urgent surgical intervention to relieve pressure on the spinal cord. ...Read more

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I have spinal cord compression at level t10 to t12. I can take small steps not much at all. Would like more info on this and prognoses please.

I have spinal cord compression at level t10 to t12. I can take small steps not much at all. Would like more info on this and prognoses please.

?surgical decompress: Do you have signs of lumbar stenosis? Are you experiencing bladder or bowel problems. Is your stenosis at t-10 to t-12 the only focal problem. See a neurological surgeon, evaluate the potential for surgical relief. If you do nothing, the prognosis could be indeed dismal. Please get proactive and seek treatment. ...Read more

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Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more


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