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please advise what is spinal stenosis and calcified discs?

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Dr. Jian Shen
Orthopedic Surgery 9 years experience
Narrowing: Spinal stenosis is narrowing of the spinal canal o foramen, causing impigement of the thecal sac/spinal cord or nerves. Calcified disc herniation/protrusion can cause cord or nerve impingement and stenosis.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
Spinal stenosis is a: narrowing of the spinal canal where the nerve tissue is found leading to too tight a fit for this tissue. Calcified discs can occur with age, due to certain diseases or secondary to the effects of trauma. Spinal stenosis can be related to aging changes, due to being born with a smaller than average canal or related to space occupying lesions like tumors, disc herniations, cysts, spine fractures

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What are the symptoms of pyloric stenosis?

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Forceful vomiting: Pyloric stenosis is a thickening of the muscle of the intestinal wall just past the stomach. Infants are not born with it, but it develops in the few weeks following birth. The thickening slowly narrows the intestines so that the spitting up gets worse and becomes more forceful.
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Where does spinal stenosis occur?

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Dr. Roger Frankel
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Anywhere in the spin: Spinal stenosis is most common in the low back and neck, since these are the most mobile areas of the spine. However it does occur in the thoracic (mid back) region as well, though less frequently.
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Does lsi treat spinal stenosis?

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Dr. Myles Greenberg
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Not really: I assume by lsi, you are referring to lumbar spinal injections, also known as epidural steroid injections (esis). These can help temporarily treat some of the pain associated with spinal stenosis but are not a definitive treatment. Check out http://www.Mildprocedure.Com for some information on a new minimally invasive procedure for spinal stenosis.
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Who treats spinal stenosis?

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Dr. Roger Frankel
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Spine surgeon: Whether or not you need surgery, an experienced neurosurgeon or orthopedic spine surgeon is the best resource to educate you in the treatment options available.
Dr. Estrada Bernard
Neurosurgery 38 years experience
Ultimately if other approaches fail surgery may be indicated for quality of life . The surgery options may range from a minimally invasive decompression to decompression with fusion depending on the nature of the pain and whether there may be instability .
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A 76-year-old female asked:

What can be done for spinal stenosis?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
Multiple options: First, it can be diagnosed in up to 20% of people over 60. Sometimes this is picked up on a study because it is common & may not be the source of your symptoms. If it is your correct diagnosis, exercise sometimes initiated with physical therapy, over the counter medication or perscription ones &/or injections like epidural steroids may help. Most don't get worse, only about 15% do. Surgery last.

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