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    Wise - syringomyelia vs. cord compression

    Dr. Young, could a compressed cord above my injury level result in symptoms similar to syringomyelia? Symptoms: About a year ago my spasticity increased considerably. A few months later it got even worse. My pain became unbearable. I also began to sweat profusely. My blood pressure would uncharacteristically increase and decrease randomly. I also started to get shooting pains in my arms (above my injury level). I am trying to decide if I should undergo decompression surgery. I spoke with a neurosurgeon and a spine specialist and got two different perspectives.

    I work two full time jobs. If things progress at the present rate I will have no job in a year.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by tucker View Post
    Dr. Young, could a compressed cord above my injury level result in symptoms similar to syringomyelia? Symptoms: About a year ago my spasticity increased considerably. A few months later it got even worse. My pain became unbearable. I also began to sweat profusely. My blood pressure would uncharacteristically increase and decrease randomly. I also started to get shooting pains in my arms (above my injury level). I am trying to decide if I should undergo decompression surgery. I spoke with a neurosurgeon and a spine specialist and got two different perspectives.

    I work two full time jobs. If things progress at the present rate I will have no job in a year.

    Thanks
    Tucker,

    Yes, absolutely a compressed cord would cause all the symptoms of a syringomyelic cyst. If you have something that is compressing your spinal cord above the injury site or a narrow spinal canal, it would account for your symptoms. You need to get it decompressed.

    Wise.
    Last edited by Wise Young; 09-16-2009 at 09:51 AM.

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    Ur amazing Wise

    It's incredible how much value you add to this community. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by tucker View Post
    It's incredible how much value you add to this community. Thanks
    tucker, as you know, you are very welcome. Wise.

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