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Can spinal stenosis cause paralysis

A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Byrnes
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Dont wait 2 find out: Cauda equina syndrome is loss of control of bowel and bladder and numbness where you sit, called 'saddle anesthesia'. It is considered a neurosurgica... Read More
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 41 years experience
It could based on : It could happen based on the spinal level or levels the compression is occuring due to the strnosis. It has to be a high enough level to affect more... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clint Wilson
Family Medicine 16 years experience
Spinal issues: stenosis is simply another word for "narrowing" of the space. So it's possible that a herniation (something going into a space it's not supposed to) i... Read More
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Yes: Technically, spinal stenosis is defined as a narrowing of the nerve canal and a disc herniation can definitely cause narrowing of the canal.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Possibly: If severe enough to cause compression of the lumbar nerve roots (specifically l2, 3, 4) this could cause difficulty with normal arousal reflexes, incl... Read More
Dr. Marion Dunn
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Spinal Stenosis: My apology .I am a psychiatrist and have not been privy to working with this condition. It may be hereditary or survival of an injury.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Potentially: Yes, son all stenosis can directly or indirectly cause various forms of sexual dysfunction.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randolph Evans
Neurology 44 years experience
Yes: Congenital spinal stenosis means that the spinal canal has a narrow diameter because you're born that way. Cervical degenerative spine disease can als... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 25 years experience
Cervical stenosis: ...Hmm, only if it caused a severe sudden disc herniation or perhaps a fracture, otherwise stenosis is a process of gradual degeneration and not an ac... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Estrada Bernard
Neurosurgery 39 years experience
Many prospects: Stenosis may be caused by any structure that occupies space in the spinal canal leading to crowding of the nerve roots. This could include bulging/her... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Ravi Chauhan
Urology 23 years experience
Yes: Any compromise of the spinal cord can affect the nerves responsible for erections.
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 56 years experience
It can cause nerve: Spinal Stenosis can cause nerve compression and even damage. Technically it can cause nerve damage and not neuropathy. Your neurologist can clarif... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 44 years experience
No: It just doesn't work that way. You may think you are going to lose your mind due to the pain and you may lose your mind taking the medications used t... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Beasley
Family Medicine 21 years experience
Depends: Cervical spinal stenosis can be a valid reason to apply for disability if it is severe and causes disabling symptoms--like severe pain or weakness of ... Read More
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