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Cervical myelopathy is a problem caused by pressure on your spinal cord. This pressure may come from a bone spur. Or it may come from a herniated disc. In some cases, aging makes the discs and ligaments around the spine thicker. This can also put pressure on the spinal cord.
Cervical myelopathy can cause different symptoms. It may cause numbness and pain. It may also cause weakness in the arms, hands, and legs. For some people, it's hard to walk. Others have neck pain or problems with urination and bowel movements.
Treatment depends on the cause and your symptoms. You may need regular checkups or you may need surgery to help take pressure off the nerve.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
Current as of: March 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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