Cervical Spondylosis - Symptoms

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Dr. Nithin Jayan
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Nithin Jayan, MBBS, DNB
Last Updated on Feb 18, 2016
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What are the Symptoms of Cervical Spondylosis?

  • Pain- The pain may be mild or so severe that the person is unable to move. Pain can be felt in the neck and/or shoulder blade or it may spread in the arm, elbow, thumb and fingers.
  • Neck stiffness- The muscles covering the neck, shoulder, side of neck will be stiff and painful.
  • Limitation of movement- The neck movements are limited. Extending the neck up is difficult and restricted due to pain and stiffness, but flexing the neck down is possible.
  • Muscle weakness- In some cases the muscles responsible for maintaining the neck in erect position can become weak.
  • Sensory loss- The bones of the neck applies pressure over the nerves passing through them and can cause loss of sensation in the arm or fingers.
  • Loss of balance and loss of bladder and bowel control- In extremely severe cases, if the spinal cord is affected, there will be loss of balance and also loss of bladder and bowel control.
  • Headache, fatigue and anxiety can be present.

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I have coped with pain from multilevel degenerative cervical spondylosis for 10 years and now it has become more constant and much more nagging. There are periods when pain isn't as sever but it is constantly present. This makes it difficult to concentrate and focus on anything else and do normal things in life. I am very depressed over this and do not know what to do. I sought counselling, but it is not helping because I can not detach my mind from the pain in the back. Has anybody else had same experience and how have overcome this.

dear sir,,for the past 2 months i under go the treatment for cervical spondylosis. now i feel that i got paining in the legs for the past 10 days .. and doctor said that i have to go for a surgery but i under go heart surgery in the year july 2012...sir can u suggest me the best option

samvedna.pathak

which type of diet must be given and must be restricted for cervical spondylitis ?

lovashyam1166

I Lova Raju i am suffering with cervical spine as per MRI report small osteophytes noted over C5 and C6 vertebral bodies diffuse annular bulging and postero-central protresion of C5/C6 interverterbral disc causing compression on cord and bilateral neural foramina. diffuse annular bulging and right posterior para central protrusion of C3/C4 and C4/C5 intervetbral discs causing diffuse compression on cord. diffuse annular bulging of C6/C7 intervetbral discs causing compression on cord and neural foramen. Please suggest me a better solution.

jamal_khan

Is cervical spondylosis curable completly or what level we can recover. plz reply

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