Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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Symptoms of thoracic cord compression include imbalance, loss of fine motor control in the lower extremities and bowel/bladder dysfunction. By your description, I do not think you have most of these symptoms.

In addition, cord compression leads to long tract signs. These are signs found upon physical examination that include hyperreflexia, clonus, dysesthesias and problems with gait seen with stress maneuvers. A spine expert should be quite familiar with these signs and should be able to identify them. If these signs are absent, there is more evidence that you do not have myelopathy (dysfunction of the cord due to compression).

Muscle fasciculations that occur “all over” your body are not related to the spinal cord. There are many different conditions that can cause these fasciculations and a metabolic work-up might be helpful.

Good luck.

Dr. Corenman

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Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.