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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

Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Myelopathy (Definition)

Myelopathy is a general term describing the presence of disease in the spinal cord. There is a large range of causes such as viral infections and trauma. Movement and sensation may ...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?

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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Dr. Larry Armstrong
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Spinal Cord Disease (Definition)

Spinal cord disease is a condition where the nerves of the spinal cord are injured or infected. This affects their function and causes ...Read more