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at c5-c6 small diffuse disc bulge, moderate to severe left neural foraminal stenosis secondary to facet disease?

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Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Question?: I am unsure what your specific question is. If these are the findings on a MRI/CT, the finding can be associated with cervical radiculopathy. The symptoms include pain in the lower neck, shoulder, arm, thumb and index finger. Treatments can range for medications, physical therapy, epidural injections to surgery. A spinal orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon can help decide on the best treatment.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Does cauda equina syndrome with spinal stenosis cause complete paralysis?

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Dr. Thomas Byrnes
Family Medicine 29 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 neurosurgical emergency. Go to the er.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Are steroid epidural injections and physical therapy effective treatments for severe spinal stenosis?

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Dr. Greg Khounganian
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 18 years experience
Not really: With severe spinal stenosis there is a very tight canal where nerves travel. Injecting anything into an already tight canal can be dangerous and worsen the symptoms. Physical therapy relies on the bodies mechanics to help alleviate the canal stenosis. When it is already tight, there is very little that can be done. A spine surgeon should evaluate to determine if a decompression is necessary.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What is the recommended pain killer for a herniated disk in the spine?

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Dr. Vikas Patel
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Anti-inflammatories: Generally, the majority of the pain in a herniated disc comes from the inflammatory process and thus anti-inflammatories such as Naproxen work well. If you also have nerve pain, drugs such as Neurontin (gabapentin) can help as well. Finally, muscle relaxers can help if you have a lot of spasms.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Does lumbar disc bulge cause numbness in hands?

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Dr. Greg Khounganian
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 18 years experience
No: Lumbar disc herniations do not cause hand numbness.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Could spinal stenosis cause severe leg and foot cramps?

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Perhaps: Low back stenosis can be entirely silent (no symptoms). When it does cause leg symptoms, it varies in how people describe it. I have heard people complain of pain, heaviness, tiredness, weakness, tingling, numbness. The pain can be sharp, dull, aching, burning, cramping. Usually it occurs with walking, sometimes with standing. It usually feels better with sitting, leaning forward, like on a table.

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