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A 53-year-old member asked:

is spinal stenosis common in patients with ms?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Virginia Simnad
Neurology 28 years experience
See below: Spinal stenosis happens in the adult population, and can cause compression on the spinal cord. Symptoms from spinal stenosis can in part mimic MS disease in the spinal cord. Screening for spinal stenosis is important with certain symptoms, including worsening leg weakness, changes in bowel/bladder control or sensation, to exclude a surgically correctable condition and not blame incorrectly ms.
Dr. Gael Yonnet
Neurology 15 years experience
Not really: Patients may have both spinal stenosis and MS but there is no causative relationship between the two. In other words, MS does not predispose someone to have spinal stenosis. There occurences are purely coincidental.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Not really: As there is no actual relationship between spinal stenosis and MS. You describe a co-morbidity situation, which is likely coincidental.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Does lsi treat spinal stenosis?

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Dr. Myles Greenberg
Emergency Medicine 28 years experience
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.
A male asked:

Is it unusual for someone in their mid-thirties to be diagnosed with spinal stenosis?

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Dr. Joshua Rovner
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 19 years experience
Not very unusual: Spinal Stenosis is a broad term. People in their thirties who have spinal stenosis usually have a disc herniation which is a different type of spinal stenosis than what older people have.
South Jordan, UT
A 24-year-old female asked:

Can a herniated disc cause spinal stenosis?

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Dr. Clint Wilson
Family Medicine 15 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) is causing the narrowing. However herniation is not always the permanent disk problem people always think and this may be a different disc level. I'm not aware of the imaging obviously. Make sure to follow up with your physician to go over the imaging
Bridgewater, NJ
A 60-year-old female asked:

How are spinal stenosis and stenosis of the foramen different?

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Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
Holes in vertebrae: Usually spinal stenosis is referring to narrowing of the large canal in the vertebrae that the spinal cord travels through, while foraminal stenosis refers to a narrowing of one of the smaller canals between the vertebrae through which nerves leave from the spinal cord and go to your limbs or trunk.
Cloquet, MN
A 69-year-old female asked:

Is there a successful treatment for spinal stenosis?

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Dr. Frank Kuitems
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Yes : Surgery they can do a decompression removing the Spurs and the bony narrowing or in some cases a larger surgery called a fusion where they use small titanium rods and screws to hold the vertebrae in a fixed position

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