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Is surgery urgent to have with Cervical Myelopathy?

I have lost function of my left arm, right thigh is completely numb, right leg and foot are much more cold then left leg, bladder control way decreased, very hard to walk anymore, It's scary. They are getting me in for an MRI as soon as my insurance pre approves it. If it's really bad they will be doing survey quickly. Is this something that needs to be done, or should one wait? Thank you for any replies!
Susan Kleinbauer


  • Have you been diagnosed w/myelopathy? Your symptoms certainly sound typical. If the MRI shows compression of the cord, it's probably not a good idea to wait too long. However, you should have time to get a couple of opinions from Drs. I had an ACDF 5 mos. ago for myelopathy and used a neurosurgeon. You can also seek out an orthopedic spine surgeon.
  • I had a severe herniations in my cervical spine that a neurologist missed for over a year. Yes.. a neurologist missed spinal cord compression. The spinal cord was being smooshed!!
    I was seeking a second opinion after all that time and the Dr that I saw referred me immediately to neurosurgery and they considered it urgent. I had gait imbalance, weakness in my arms and hands and urinary urgency. The longer those symptoms are present, the lower your chances are to recover. I had a 3 level acdf surgery and came out with the nerves still damaged. They aren't sure if they will ever regenerate. If I had known about the compression on my cord, I would have immediately opted for surgery. Nerves are slow to recover. I don't want to paint an ugly picture for you, so try keep positive. This is just my personal experience, and every body is different. But know that it's nothing to screw around with. If a Neuro is saying you need decompression, don't wait if you are already experiencing all those symptoms. You risk them becoming permanent... I hope you get better. Positive thinking goes a long way....
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