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Diagnosed with stenosis. History of type one diabetes. Space narrowing in spinal cord, breathing problem. Why is this happening?

Hi I m asking this on behave of a 39 year old women who weighs about 160pounds. She has been diagnosed with stenosis I believe. She has space narrowing between her c5 and c6 discs in her spinal cord . She also has a history of type one diabetes . Lately she has had trouble breathing . She says she can t simply breath and that there is no pain when this occurs. I understand that discs c5 and c6 usually affect the arms and thumbs but I was wondering if her trouble with breathing has anything to do her spine. Any information would be very helpful. Thank You.
Tue, 7 May 2013
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She is a Type I Diabetic with spinal disc space narrowing at the level of C5 and C6.
When the nerve roots emerging from the spinal cord are compressed than the patient will have pain and radiculopathy in the area of supply of than nerves.
She say that she has difficulty in breathing but has no pain.
This may be due to the pressure effect from the neck structures.
Through evaluation is needed.
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