This can cause pain, or numbness and can sometimes be fixed surgically. When the spinal cord is actually compressed, neurological dysfunction is the usual result and may cause serious health issues ranging from limited mobility, to the bowel and bladder issues associated with cauda equina syndrome, to paralysis, or even death, if the compression is severe and occurs in the upper cervical spine.
Hi, let me try and explain your mri findings.
Spinal cord flattening symptoms. Symptoms of cervical spondylosis may result from compression of the spinal cord, the spinal nerve roots, or both. If the spinal cord is compressed, the first sign is usually a change in walking. Good upper body control depending on the level of.
Spinal cord compression symptoms include pain, numbness or weakness in the arms, hands, legs or feet. One of the most common symptoms is stiffness or pain in the back or the neck. Spinal cord infarction usually results from ischemia originating in an extravertebral artery.
The degree of how flat your spinal cord is will determine how many symptoms you will have. The most common cause of a spinal hematoma is an injury, but many other conditions can cause hematomas. I havent told my dr yet of these new symptoms but finally had an mri last week and the nurse called to inform me i have right flattening of my spinal cord due to degenerative disc disease as well as arthritis.
When i asked questions she really didnt have answers only that i have an appt with a specialist and they will answer my questions then. They depend on how severe the compression is and on what area of the spinal cord is compressed. Because the spinal cord carries nerve impulses to many regions in the body, patients with csm can experience a wide variety of symptoms.
At the level below it, the bulge is more to the left side and there is a compression where the nerve. The spinal cord and nerves’ correlation to these levels, along with the rest of the thoracic spine, aid in controlling the trunk of the body. If the disc herniates into the spinal cord area, the thoracic herniated disk may also present with myelopathy (spinal cord dysfunction).
Other thoracic spinal cord symptoms. Blood may accumulate in or around the spinal cord. This may occur as a result of vascular or atherosclerotic disease in the elderly, or iatrogenic secondary to cross clamping of the aorta.
An accumulation of blood (hematoma): This may be evident by sensory disturbances (such as numbness) below the level of compression, difficulty with balance and walking, lower extremity weakness, or bowel or bladder dysfunction. When spinal canal stenosis is severe, the patient may experience numbness, loss of feeling, paralysis or muscle atrophy.
Symptoms include sudden and severe back pain, followed immediately by rapidly progressive bilateral flaccid limb weakness and loss of sensation, particularly for pain and temperature. Neck, arm, leg or lower back pain. Anterior cord syndrome anterior cord syndrome often occurs as a result of flexion injury, or due to injury to the anterior spinal artery.
Weakness and numbness in the hands and arms, loss of balance and coordination, and neck pain can all result when the normal flow of nerve impulses through the spinal cord is interrupted. Symptoms such as pain, numbness, or weakness in the arms, hands, legs, or feet can come on gradually or more suddenly, depending on the cause. The compressed nerve may be permanently damaged or dead, in which case it cannot stimulate muscles.
When the spinal cord is compressed or injured, it may cause a loss of sensation, loss of function, and pain or discomfort in the area at or below the compression point. They include abnormal connections between blood vessels (arteriovenous malformations), tumors, bleeding disorders, and use of anticoagulants (which interfere with blood clotting) or thrombolytic drugs. There is evidence of wear and tear in your neck at two levels.
Spinal cord compression is caused by a condition that puts pressure on your spinal cord. Bone or cartilage are compressing the spinal cord at a certain segment. Spinal cord compression can often be helped with medicines, physical therapy, or other treatments.
In the case of a traumatic spinal cord injury, symptoms can include problems with breathing or blood pressure and may come on suddenly. These symptoms usually progress gradually. Leg movements may become jerky (spastic), and walking becomes unsteady.
The disc material at the c5/6 level has bulged and is touching the spinal cord.