im copying some text to help expain, though in my case im not elderly, my disease degeneration started late teens (not the norm, nor is it common to get to this late stage this early in life) its usually happens to small % of elderly, where they are going to be departing soon
Myelopathy is a term that means that there is something wrong with the spinal cord itself. This is usually a later stage of cervical spine disease, and is often first detected as difficulty walking due to generalized weakness or problems with balance and coordination. This type of process occurs most commonly in the elderly, who can have many reasons for having trouble walking or problems with gait and balance. However, one of the more worrisome reasons that these symptoms are occurring is that bone spurs and other degenerative changes in the cervical spine are squeezing the spinal cord. Myelopathy affects the entire spinal cord, and is very different from isolated points of pressure on the individual nerve roots.
Myelopathy is most commonly caused by spinal stenosis, which is a progressive narrowing of the spinal canal. In the later stages of spinal degeneration, bone spurs and arthritic changes make the space available for the spinal cord within the spinal canal much smaller. The bone spurs may begin to press on the spinal cord and the nerve roots, and that pressure starts to interfere with how the nerves function normally.
Determining the amount of weakness that is present according to a standardized system can be used to assess the severity of each case of myelopathy. For example, according to the system of Nurick, myelopathy is graded from 0 to 5, with 5 being the most severe. The characteristic changes that occur at each different grade are as follows
i dont think there are many here with this, but if anyone has /knows or can give me some hope, insight, anything, i would be gratefull
i also have C1-C3 with severe nerve compressoin causing hell on earth nerve pain and inflammation throughout one side of head from bae of skull up head abd over to tempral regions, current episode, 3 1/2 weeks
is there anyone who has gone on to surgical intervention for this, or anything else
so, its C1- T1 severe advanced, this is anightmare scenario
any hope, insight, experience welcomed please
due to the headpain my other stuff been put aside for the mo as i cant even do daily ADL;s