Spinal Cord Compression, Rare Condition Can Lead to Paralysis

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.

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