3. Loss of Bladder or Bowel Control
While pain and discomfort might be among the earlier signs you notice, the condition can unfortunately worsen. As a degenerative condition, myelopathy is, unfortunately, likely to get worse with time as the important structures in the back start to wear away more and more due to the initial compression.
And as this worsens, so too can the amount of pressure and interference placed on the nerves worsen. This, in turn, can have more severe effects than just pain – entirely disrupting the signal traveling from the legs to the brain and vice versa.
When this happens, it can result in a lot of serious problems. It might, for instance, prevent you from being able to walk properly. At the same time, it can also interfere with important signals going to organs in the lower half of the body, including the bowels and the bladder. When this happens, it is possible to experience incontinence and difficulty controlling bowel movements. Both these issues are very unpleasant for the sufferer and so it is important to try and address the problem before it gets to this point.