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What is the main difference between peripheral neuropathy and spinal stenosis

A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stan Lee
Dr. Stan Leeanswered
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 23 years experience
Several: Peripheral neuropathy tends start in the toes, moving up the limbs with worsening, and in a circumferential distribution. Spinal stenosis symptoms typ... Read More
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
Cause: Peripheral neuropathy is related to compression of peripheral (in arm or leg) nerve or due to an underlying issue like diabetes, vitamin deficiencies,... Read More

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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
Yes: An emg/ncv will show if the nerve irritation (abnormaility) is peripheral or at the spinal level. It is however possible to have both.
Dr. Christopher Pham
Neurosurgery 25 years experience
EMG: Yes, emg/ncv can distinguish.
A 70-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
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No: A peripheral neuropathy is not caused by spinal disease.
Dr. Bradley Butkovich
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Possibly: Stenosis can cause impingment on peripheral nerves, need further eval by a neurologist or spine doc.
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Not related : Spinal stenosis affects the central nerves of the spine whereas peripheral neuropathy affects the distal nerves of the arms and legs. The later is fr... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jalal Zuberi
Pediatrics 45 years experience
Yes, quite commonly: The older you get, you have more chances of spine issues in back and neck from degenerative changes to cause neuropathy of varying severity. Most of t... Read More
A 74-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brandon Gabel
Specializes in Neurosurgery
Depends...: Spinal stenosis of the lumbar spine can cause a condition called neurogenic claudication. The symptoms of this are difficulty walking long distances. ... Read More
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 55 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 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bradley Thomas
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Several things: Statins are important to lower your risk but muscle complaints (not necessarily neuropathy) are common. Strategies to reduce side effects include try... Read More
A 74-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery 54 years experience
1 of the symptoms-: -is painful when walking. The usual distance you were able to walk gets shorter as time goes by. You have to stop & rest more often. The coldness ... Read More
A 67-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Aggressive approach: An electrical stimulator seems to me to be a rather severe remedy for a condition which can usually be well controlled with simple interventions. Are... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Post lami syndrome: Depending on when you had your fusion, this may be post laminectomy syndrome. Scar tissue can form, causing pain in associated areas. Peripheral neu... Read More

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