Symptoms of Myelomalacia
Finally! After years of searching for any information that I can relate to, I have found a succint description of the symptoms associated with myelomalacia.
“cervical spondylotic myelophaty (myelomalacia) can cause variety of symptoms and some of them can last for years. Here are some: pain in neck, sub-scapular area, shoulder; sensory changes in lower extremities, motor weakness in the upper or lower extremities; numbness or parenthesis in the upper extremities; gait difficulties, like “spastic gait” that is broad-based, hesitant and jerky; upper extremity hypo- reflexia and atrophy, also bladder and bowel dysfunction may occur.”
Fortunately, the worst of these symptoms went away after surgery. The “gait difficulties” improved with physical therapy and continuous, conscious effort to appear to walk normally. The atrophy of some of the muscles in my hands has not improved, but my manual dexterity doesn’t seem to have deteriorated TOO much. The trouble is the pain, the parenthesis, and the occasional involuntary finger movements.
It’s somehow reassuring to have found a forum entry that describes my symptoms in connection with my diagnosis. Until now, the most I have found are definitions that don’t seem to say enough and technical articles that don’t seem relevant to what I want to know.
I suppose part of what I’ve been looking for is an additional confirmation of my diagnosis and now I have it. Next is a search for a therapy, or SOMETHING, that can improve the more persistant symptoms.