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Cervical Cord Impingement

CRASH21CCRASH21 Posts: 139
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:19 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Has anyone had cervical cord impingement? What has been your outcome. From what I have read, the only cure would be surgery. What are your thoughts?


  • Yep. I've had 2 surgeries this year and I'm doing better since the last one. I have leg weakness and bladder problems but hopefully those will clear up with time. My cord was not only impinged but was also being stretched due to the kyposis in my cervical spine. That is partially corrected so it's a waiting game now.

    I do think that once the spinal cord is involves that it is imparative to get it done as soon as possible. There is no sense in playing russian roulette with your ability to walk.

  • Taking meds keeps me functional. However, masking the pain makes you think twice about surgery. Especially when you read the pain and horror stories. Would like to hear more about cord impingement and what other drs have said. The more I hear, the more confident I am with the surgery decison.
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  • At C4-5 my cord was compressed 50%. My legs from knee down were going numb while laying down. My left leg would tingle often and sometimes walking was difficult...it was like I couldn't lift my leg at the knee. By the time I got to surgery I had urinary urgency.

    At 1 1/2 years post-op I still have tingling with my left leg when laying down. Sometimes my calf feels numb. I also get mild poking pains in my leg when laying down. It stands to reason that the nerve damage may be permanent at this point. I haven't had that tested and don't see any reason to. What's done is done and what gets better with time will get better.

    Take care!

  • Obviously, I will discuss this with my NS a month from now. Am I risking paralysis by not having surgery?/having surgery? I am so scared of making the wrong decision. I was thinking of going off my meds so I can see how bad I really feel. I never was one to take medicine. I feel like crying a lot lately. So tired of not feeling "normal". But afraid of making such a big decision.
  • I have neck, shoulder, upper back and arm pain. Numbness in three fingers. Pain is manageable with meds most of the time. Had scheduled injections but both NS decided that it would not be a fix and would need surgery at some time. Also, was injured in lumbar spine. NS want to do surgery on L5-S1 also. But cervical first. No matter how many times I have heard this, it has not really sunk in yet. That is partially why I am here. I guess I need more convincing that surgery is what I must do. If I wait, am I risking injury to my spinal cord?
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  • RangerRRanger on da rangePosts: 805
    Hey Crash,
    I had a laminectomy of L4 thru L6 in 2006. I had a discectomy, corpectomy,
    multi-level fusion of C3 thru C6 with hardware both anterior and posterior approach a year later in 2007. My symptoms were tingling, numbness, and pain. Surgery was my only alternative as the risk of incontinence and paralysis was not an option. My results were successful as I'm basically doing what I did pre-op.
    Yes, things are a little different now and I have to be a little more careful as
    to how much I lift but no complaints here. Listen to your Dr's, keep a positive
    outlook, and you will do just fine. The longer you wait that tingling and numbness could result in permanent nerve damage. I may have waited too
    long myself.
    Take care,
  • Did you also have vibrating in your foot?
  • Not in my foot, but I do feel that in a spot on the lower part of my neck. Kind of warm, vibrating feeling. I think it must be a muscle spasm.
  • I had vibrating in my lower legs after surgery. It went on for months. I have to say that I haven't had that feeling in the past 2-3 months now. I figured it was just the nerves trying to heal.
  • yup i had it. C4-7.I had so many symptoms.tingling and numbness in my arms and hands numbness in my feet and near the end from my right hip down to my foot.massive pain all over my body. right sided weakness from top to bottom.my hips would completely give out on me and i would fall to the ground.that happened over twenty times. a few times i lost the ability to move my legs.i had urinary frequency everytime i fell but after about a week or so it would go back to normal.i had neurological symptoms,trouble staying focused on anything for two long,i had difficulty understanding people when they spoke to me.if i was in a crowd i couldn't pick out the voice of the person who was talking to me from the other people in the room. i would have trouble remembering peoples names even my own childrens.now after the surgery all the neurological symptoms are gone. most of the numbness there are a few spots that have remained and a couple that come and go.as far as the pain. some has gone away but i'm still on gabapentin for nerve pain. I've tried weaning down on it but got just about half and started getting bad burning sensations and pain so i had to go back up to max. doseage for now.my cord in my neck was being completely flattened by the disc herniations.i also had bone spurs.the surgeon said he had to use a magnifing glass and pick out splinters from my nerves,but he said he got all of them.spinal stenosis is nothing to sneeze at it can be and was a life altering experience. I'd never want to live through that a second time. good luck to you.

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