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If it were me (and it almost is, although my MRI is a little better than yours), I would consult at least a couple of qualified spine specialist surgeons. I would do it soon. The compression of your spinal cord is the most worrisome problem especially since there is some indication of spinal cord damage (possible small focus... T2 signal abnormality). Marked compression of the cord can cause a condition known as myelopathy (you can search for that). If you have numbness in your legs or feet in addition to your upper extremities you may already be suffering from early stages of that. Other symptoms include bowel/bladder issues, gait abnormality, incoordination etc.

Surgery, in such cases, may be recommended urgently to relieve the compression on the cord and prevent further damage. Symptom relief is only a secondary goal in these cases although between 50-70% (in some studies) experience it. Occasionally, less aggressive therapies can be used (such as PT, traction etc) and can provide relief (as they have in my case), along with a "wait and see" approach looking for progression of myelopathic symptoms.

In the end, the bony spurs that are causing impingement on your spinal cord and nerve roots aren't going to go away on their own. I'm not a Dr but given what I was told about my own condition (which is not as advanced as yours) it is quite possible spinal surgery may be required at some point.

I would definitely follow up with some qualified spine surgeons. They can help you figure the best course of action now and later on as well. Let us know how it goes and Good Luck...
[QUOTE=ChuckStr;5308857]If it were me (and it almost is, although my MRI is a little better than yours), I would consult at least a couple of qualified spine specialist surgeons. I would do it soon. The compression of your spinal cord is the most worrisome problem especially since there is some indication of spinal cord damage (possible small focus... T2 signal abnormality). Marked compression of the cord can cause a condition known as myelopathy (you can search for that). If you have numbness in your legs or feet in addition to your upper extremities you may already be suffering from early stages of that. Other symptoms include bowel/bladder issues, gait abnormality, incoordination etc.

Surgery, in such cases, may be recommended urgently to relieve the compression on the cord and prevent further damage. Symptom relief is only a secondary goal in these cases although between 50-70% (in some studies) experience it. Occasionally, less aggressive therapies can be used (such as PT, traction etc) and can provide relief (as they have in my case), along with a "wait and see" approach looking for progression of myelopathic symptoms.

In the end, the bony spurs that are causing impingement on your spinal cord and nerve roots aren't going to go away on their own. I'm not a Dr but given what I was told about my own condition (which is not as advanced as yours) it is quite possible spinal surgery may be required at some point.

I would definitely follow up with some qualified spine surgeons. They can help you figure the best course of action now and later on as well. Let us know how it goes and Good Luck...[/QUOTE]


ChuckStr, what does CSF mean in the results? I see that on mine and I don't know what that stands for???





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