Bones and joints affected by rheumatoid arthritis may
dislocate and press on the spinal cord or on the nerve roots.
Pressure can cause
numbness, pain, tingling, weakness, loss of bowel or bladder control, and
unusual head and neck sensations.
Pressure may also obstruct blood
flow through the blood vessels in the spinal cord.
Neck pain along with weakness, numbness, or tingling of hands, feet,
legs, or arms is the most common symptom of possible pressure on the spinal cord or on the nerve roots. Although compression of the spinal cord is
fairly rare, it can lead to paralysis if it is not treated.
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June 05, 2012
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