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Can alcohol make spinal stenosis worse

A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Henry Bloom
48 years experience Family Medicine
No: Though alcohol is probably not a major factor, it is a toxin to the nervous system and impedes healing.
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Dr. Latisha Smith
38 years experience Wound care
No: Spinal stenosis is a chronic condition that involves progressive narrowing of the boney canal surrounding the spinal cord such that the nerves roots a ... Read More
Dr. Craig Morton
18 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
No: Stenosis can lead to progessive lower extremity (legs) weakness and numbness. Alcohol will not worsen stenosis, but chronic alcoholism can lead to a ... Read More

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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Roger Frankel
29 years experience Neurosurgery
It may: Firm mattresses have traditionally been felt to be better for people for back problems, but there really is no data that definitively proves this to b ... Read More
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
40 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
No: No, however, lying on your stomach may increase the arch or sway or lordosis of your lower back that could aggravate your symptoms and if thereis adva ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
40 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Theybare both a : Narrowing of the spinal canal leading to compression of neural tissue with spinal stenosis being a more global term usually reflecting a narrowing of ... Read More
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Dr. Atif Haque
18 years experience Neurosurgery
Different symptoms: Lateral recess stenosis typically just affects a single nerve, causing varying degrees of pain, weakness, and/or numbness. Central canal stenosis usua ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
40 years experience Allergy and Immunology
May be not: You are describing a different issue that still needs to be evaluated given your history, better see your doctor for more history and physical examina ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rowlin Lichter
72 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Nothing permanent: Activity can affect these diseases but usually for the better. Exercise helps the problems but only a little. Bulging discs are rarely symptomatic so ... Read More
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A 74-year-old female asked:
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
39 years experience Pain Management
Spinal stenosis: Yes you are describing what is termed "neurogenic claudication" - this means the stenosis is getting worse. I would see a back surgeon for further eva ... Read More
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dominic Riganotti
25 years experience Infectious Disease
Epidural: You need to see pain management (an Anesthesiologist). They can perform an epidural steroid shot to the region of stenosis. When stenosis gets worse ... Read More
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A 76-year-old male asked:
Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
21 years experience Hospital-based practice
Smoker? COPD?: Blood oximetry at 73% is generally not good news. It points to a problem with ur lung or heart. Were u ever a smoker? That cd explain breathing & ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
29 years experience Pain Management
Still pinched nerve: What is missing is complete history and in your case, more importantly, your exam. An emg/ncs by Rehab Dr. or Neurologist may show which nerves. MRI p ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bettina Herbert
20 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Tough diagnosis: Work with a good physical therapist. Find musculoskeletal acupuncture such as trigger points (don't need injections, just 'dry needling'). A good hand ... Read More
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