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    Question about spinal cord compression & symptoms

    Does anyone know if spinal cord compression (mostly thoracic) can cause imbalance when you close your eyes? Or a great deal of difficulty walking with eyes closed? Some imbalance is noticed with eyes open and walking etc, but it gets much worse with eyes closed. No evidence of MS. Just wondering if there could be a spinal cord connection.

    Also, does spinal cord compression and muscle spasms go together?

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    Last edited by CountryButterfly; 05-29-2010 at 06:14 PM. Reason: Added question

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    Since there has been no response, it is possible to ask if Dr. Wise can answer this? Anyone know how to request that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CountryButterfly View Post
    Does anyone know if spinal cord compression (mostly thoracic) can cause imbalance when you close your eyes?
    No, this would be most unusual. Occasionally this can occur with high cervical injuries, and of course with an accompanying brain or head injury.

    Or a great deal of difficulty walking with eyes closed? Some imbalance is noticed with eyes open and walking etc, but it gets much worse with eyes closed. No evidence of MS. Just wondering if there could be a spinal cord connection.
    Yes, primarily in posterior cord syndrome where the posterior white matter is damaged, as this is where proprioception is transmitted to the brain. It usually is significantly better with visual feedback such as walking in front of a mirror.

    Also, does spinal cord compression and muscle spasms go together?
    Damage to upper motor neurons (brain or higher spinal cord centers) is associated with spasticity. Damage to the lower motor neurons (those leaving the cord and the peripheral nerves) is usually associated with weakness and/or flaccid paralysis.

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