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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marc Goldhagen
32 years experience Occupational Medicine
It's good news: The space where the nerve goes is narrowed but there is no pressure on the nerves so no need for surgery.
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Weston
30 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Foraminal stenosis: Narrowing of exiting holes used by nerves roots to get out of spine to legs or arms thes segmental holes are called foramen stenosis means narrowing s ... Read More
A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
27 years experience Neurosurgery
Unlikely: Foraminal stenosis is a chronic condition that can be very painful and is often treated without surgery. Decompression with surgery can be helpful. ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chintan Sampat
17 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Sort of...: Spinal stenosis means there is decreased space available for the spinal sac & spinal nerves. This can be due to pressure from bulging discs, arthritic ... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rahul Banerjee
21 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Disability : The question of disability is a difficult one. Disability is determined not by a specific disease, but instead by what a patient is able or unable to ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
No: stenosis means Narrowing, and in this care the foramens or window where the nerves exit are narrowed. If narrowed enough, they may construct the nerv ... Read More
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonathan Hyde
28 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Depends: The term "lumbar degenerative disc disease" is a very broad and non-specific category with varying levels of severity and symptoms. Most patients are ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Greg Khounganian
17 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Not really: Spinal stenosis can be caused by many things. But as long as the canal is narrowed, by a variety of things, we call it stenosis. Congenital stenosis ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
23 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Spinal stenosis: Depending on how severe the nerves are compressed, spinal stenosis just means narrowing of the spinal canal. Some people have terrible symptoms when s ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Wolfe
31 years experience Pain Management
Depends.: Clinically, the diagnosis is often made by symptoms of neurogenic claudication, in the absence of any overt vascular disease. Typically this a tight ... Read More
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A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Seth Zeidman
32 years experience Neurosurgery
Not Usually Cervical: Cervical foraminal stenosis can cause pain, numbness, and weakness. It doesn't typically cause dizziness. Cervical stenosis can cause unsteadiness b ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loren Lewis
33 years experience Occupational Medicine
Narrow spinal canal : There is a canal surrounded by a membrane that goes through the middle of the vertebrae. The spinal cord sits inside the canal surrounded by fluid. ... Read More
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shon Cook
Dr. Shon Cook answered
16 years experience Neurosurgery
Yes: There is nothing about flying that would have any effect on either of those.
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Prem Gupta
47 years experience neurology
Usually not quick: Unless neck is injured, the quick paralysis does not occur but a gradually progressive paralysis does occur which a neurologist or astute clinician ca ... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Erdmann
29 years experience Family Medicine
Maybe surgery: Depending on the severity of the stenosis and your symptoms, surgery, or possibly steroid injection, would be the likely treatment if you have already ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Beasley
19 years experience Family Medicine
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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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
MODEST BENEFIT?: The more we learn, acupuncture seems useful for pain control, if done with expertise, but would not modify the anatomy of the pain generator. A bulg ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
17 years experience General Practice
Consult your doctor: I suggest that you see your physician about the specifics of your condition.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Greg Khounganian
17 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Surgery: Spinal stenosis is the condition where the canal which the nerves and spinal cord travels gets narrow. This can be congenital or progressive due to a ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
38 years experience Neurosurgery
Spinal stenosis: Yes, in some cases it can be curable, based on your age likely first by physical therapy and if not that then there are surgical options available to ... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
13 years experience Pain Management
Good: Good. Those findings are extremely common in people with no pain at all (and no history of pain).
A male asked:
Dr. Nolan Segal
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Yes: You can often relieve symptoms with therapy, or injections. Surgery can be limited to a decompression only without fusion.
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