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Spinal Degeneration

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  • Posted By: manisha_saxena
  • July 13, 2007
  • 00:53 AM

Hi Everyone,

My Dad is 60 yers old and is overweight by 15-20 Kgs. He had tingling senstion in his one arm and one leg, recently he showed it to a doc and they asked him to do a MRI. Acc to the Doc the MRI showed taht the SPinal cord has bend and in turn has squeezed a nerve and that is causing the tingling. He says the only way dto fix it is Surgery. Is that true? is that the only way left? Also, they have asked him to wear a neck collar to avoid any sudden movements to the neck.

Please guide me.

Regards
M

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  • i have been diagnosed w/cervical myelopathy,my left leg is affected. i also have a slipped disc in my neck.NEVER I REPEAT NEVER have surgery w/ just 1 opinion,unless the condition is life threatening. you may request copies of the mri ,either on film or cd.take these w/ all medical records to another neurologist,for a 2nd opinion. 6 yrs ago i was advised to have spinal surgery by a neurologist.he referred me 2 a neurosurgeon who informed me "theres no reason for me to cut on you" he referred me to another neurologist,who put me on medication,which made it possible for me to work(as an over the road truckdriver)for another 5 yrs.
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  • I would tell your dad to get a second opinion. IT could be a number of things! Sciatica causes tingling in the spine. Tell him to check out http://www.northwestspineclinic.com/resources/common-conditions/Cheers,Rachel
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  • Hi everyone, I'm 17 at the moment and I've been having severe back pains for 9 months, I had an MRI done and the radiologists have found out I have early cervical discopathy and early thoracic spondylosis ( there's spiking in the upper part between t1-t4) also I have slightly dehydrated discs in c2 c4 and c5. My GP referred me to physio therapy which will start in a month, but she said it might not even help cos my problem is my discs and it cant repair that (there's degeneration, herination, bulging and the like) . She said I might have to undergo surgery. I wanted to ask will physio therapy really help me? Or should I opt for spinal surgery? I'll be honest the pain is so horrible I can even go sixthform cos of it, I need to always lie down and my arms and shoulders feel numb, hurt and feel weak. Also most of the time these conditions affect women over the age of 60 and Im 17 will it only get worse? (I'm a girl). Thank you for any help and sorry for making an essay I just really need some guidance. (Sorry for gramma errors im on my ipad) :)
    fahema_95 1 Replies
    • February 17, 2013
    • 00:55 PM
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  • Before you have any surgery I would try none invasive treatments. One of the best thing I would recommend would be any inversion table. You can purchase one off the internet or from some sports stores such as ****'s. By using this table you are basically having traction on your whole back. This traction stretches you allowing the disc to re-expand and gets pressure off the nerves that may be compressed. You will need to start with minimal invertion and work your way to a higher degree along with an increase in time. At least twice a day will need to be done. As you learn to relax during this procedure you will find that it will help both mentally as well as physically. I have had spinal cord surgery that failed. Many things can happen, only have it as your last resort. Physio therapy is a good place to start. Listen to what they say and follow their advise. Good luck and God Bless You. Hi everyone, I'm 17 at the moment and I've been having severe back pains for 9 months, I had an MRI done and the radiologists have found out I have early cervical discopathy and early thoracic spondylosis ( there's spiking in the upper part between t1-t4) also I have slightly dehydrated discs in c2 c4 and c5. My GP referred me to physio therapy which will start in a month, but she said it might not even help cos my problem is my discs and it cant repair that (there's degeneration, herination, bulging and the like) . She said I might have to undergo surgery. I wanted to ask will physio therapy really help me? Or should I opt for spinal surgery? I'll be honest the pain is so horrible I can even go sixthform cos of it, I need to always lie down and my arms and shoulders feel numb, hurt and feel weak. Also most of the time these conditions affect women over the age of 60 and Im 17 will it only get worse? (I'm a girl). Thank you for any help and sorry for making an essay I just really need some guidance. (Sorry for gramma errors im on my ipad) :)
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