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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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I'm a 64 year old male with mod severe cervical spond. What is the probability of it developing to spondylotic myelopathy? I stretch, massages.

I'm a 64 year old male with mod severe cervical spond. What is the probability of it developing to spondylotic myelopathy? I stretch,  
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Depends: Cervical spondylosis is degeneration ("arthritis") of the neck portion of the spine. If the degeneration narrows the space for the spinal cord, you may develop myelopathy. If the canal remains adequate, you will not. It depends on how large the channel (canal) is to start with. Stretching and massage do not affect this. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with cervical spondylosis w/myelopathy. Can anyone tell me more?

Diagnosed with cervical spondylosis w/myelopathy. Can anyone tell me more?

Neck degeneration: Cervical spondylosis is an arthritic-like wear and tear degeneration of the vertebrae, and typically results in neck pain, stiffness, and decreased flexibility. When the process results in bony changes, the spinal canal can narrow at various levels, and if the spinal cord is compressed, that can cause numbness, weakness, and bladder problems (result of "myelopathy"). ...Read more

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I'm diagnosed with cervical spondylosis w/myelopathy. Can anyone tell me more about it.?

Spinal cord compress: It is a degenerative condition, with narrowing of the spinal canal and impingement of the spinal cord, with symptoms such as hand clumpsiness, dropping things, change of gait, balance problems, etc. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me what cervical spondylosis without myelopathy means? And what are annular tears?

Degenerative changes: Cervical spondylosis implies degenerative changes of the cervical spine. These changes will occur in everyone, & typically starts in the 2nd decade of life. It involves bone spurs, degenerative disc(s), includes tears in the annulus (structure that surrounds the disc material), herniated discs. Myelopathy is a disturbance of the spinal cord mostly due to a pathology compressing the spinal cord. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed today with lumbar disc prolapse with myelopathy. ICD-9: 722.73. I am a 50 year old female. Is this a big deal? I work retail.

I was diagnosed today with lumbar disc prolapse with myelopathy. ICD-9: 722.73. I am a  50 year old female.  Is this a big deal? I work retail.

Not necessarily: Back problems are very common, occurring in over 80 percent of the US population at some point in their lives. By the age of 50, over 50 percent of people will have some degree of " prolapsed" or degenerative disc disease as seen on an MRI. So the finding can cause pain and limitation in some and there are many treatment options; but the finding itself is not unusual or dangerous. ...Read more

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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

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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 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 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?

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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