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Cervical spondylotic myelopathy sounds frightening, and you might wonder why you have it, how you got it, and most importantly, how will it affect you in the long-term. Simply checking off the symptoms of this form of spinal degeneration is not enough -- needs to be diagnosed before you can rule out other causes, because its symptoms can mimic other diseases.

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1. What is Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy?

Cervical spondylotic myelopathy is a disease of the spine, specifically the neck bones. The degenerative nature of the disease means the spine continues to compress or squeezes the spinal cord, causing weakness and tingling in the extremities, and sometimes neck pain. The condition is incurable, but the symptoms can be mitigated.

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