Date Published: Dec 2012/Jan 2013
Author: S. Michael Tooke, MD, FRCSC
Maybe you’re having trouble buttoning your jacket. Or perhaps you occasionally have the “dropsies,” watching in amazement as a cup or a tool slips from your hands. Or maybe your husband says you’re walking funny.
If so, chances are the last thing you would expect to find is that you have a problem so serious it could lead to paralysis. But the symptoms above – and other vague complaints that usually do not include pain – are classic signs of a serious condition called spinal cord compression.