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.
Surgery. Based on your description, you need to see a spine specialist and seriously consider surgery. Typically, it would be an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. Check out spine-health.Com.

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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...
Yes,it might. While the spinal cord can be quite resilient to a slow compression, the degree of that compression can take its toll. This can result in some scarring in the cord substance, or on its surface, or by applying traction to the nerves as they leave the cord in the area. Fortunately, physical therapy after indicated correction, can be quite useful. Read more...

Correlation with C4-C6 spondy w/spinal cord compression &increase HR, breathlessness? I have chest&rhomboid pain. Fingers numb in the am. CT thorax OK.

? nerve compression. This could be compression of spinal or cord nerves; you need eval in the ER. Read more...
Not sure related. I do not see the correlation of your neck problems and the heart rate or breathing issues. Fingers numb certainly occur with your neck problems. If the pain is bad enough it can cause heart rate and blood pressure to rise. I think you should see your medical provider to discuss the hear rate and breathing issues good luck. Read more...
No. Compression in the cervical spinal cord can cause pain, numbness, and even weakness in the arms and legs but should not affect heart rate. Heart rate is controlled by the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems that form s plexus anterior to the vertebral bodies and as such is typically not associated with abnormalities within the cervical spinal canal. Read more...

Please tell me, could spinal cord compression cause psychosis?

Doubtful. Compression if the cord would more likely produce weakness, pain or paralysis. Adverse reactions to medications used to treat the symptoms of compression could produce psychosis. . Read more...

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...
Sudden pressure on . That there was a sudden pressure placed on the spinal cord which depending on the degree of the pressure and its cause can affect the function of the spinal cord. Any deformity or spinal instability can also play a role as well as the age of the patient and their underlying health. The spinal cord in general does not tolerate sudden changes well. Read more...

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...