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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Spinal Stenosis (Definition)

A medical condition in which the openings where the nerves leave the spine are narrowed. As a result of the narrowed openings, nerves can get pinched off, leading to symptoms such as pain, ...Read more


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What the difference from spinal stenosis and lateral recess stenosis? And is one worse than the other? Thanxx

What the difference from spinal stenosis and lateral recess stenosis? And is one worse than the other? Thanxx

Different symptoms: Lateral recess stenosis typically just affects a single nerve, causing varying degrees of pain, weakness, and/or numbness. Central canal stenosis usually affects the entire bundle of nerves in the canal at the affected level. This can include the symptoms above, as well as difficulty standing or walking, also known as neurogenic claudication. ...Read more

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Can a soft mattress make my spinal stenosis worse?

Can a soft mattress make my spinal stenosis worse?

No: No, however, lying on your stomach may increase the arch or sway or lordosis of your lower back that could aggravate your symptoms and if thereis advanced stenosis, lying flat on your back may also do the same. Most people sleep in a fetal position on either side for relief like bending over for relief opening up the stenosis. ...Read more

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Spinal stenosis for 2 yrs. .have developed slight bladder and bowel leakage. Lots of trouble walking. Wondering if it is worse.

Spinal stenosis: Yes you are describing what is termed "neurogenic claudication" — this means the stenosis is getting worse. I would see a back surgeon for further evaluation ...Read more

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Can sexual activities like ejaculation and orgasm cause worsening symptoms in patients with Spinal stenosis, Herniated disc, Bulging disc?

Can sexual activities like ejaculation and orgasm cause worsening symptoms in patients with Spinal stenosis, Herniated disc, Bulging disc?

Nothing permanent: Activity can affect these diseases but usually for the better. Exercise helps the problems but only a little.
Bulging discs are rarely symptomatic so have at it. ...Read more

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Have spinal stenosis & degenerative disc disease. Prescribed Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) 10 but the pain is either getting worse or I'm developing tolerance. Suggestions?

Have spinal stenosis & degenerative disc disease.  Prescribed Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) 10 but the pain is either getting worse or I'm developing tolerance.  Suggestions?

Start PT: Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) does not eliminate the cause of the pain, merely covers it up. Be pro-active, have some physical therapy, do exercise and stretching. Do NOT become sedentary, instead, use your muscles and joints. Gradually, you will overcome the barriers and feel far less pain. ...Read more

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Blood oxygen at 73 no breath very weak started about a month ago and steadily getting worse, going from one room to the next I need to rest to move again, lungs are clear heart fine but in a lot of pain due to lumbar spinal stenosis and four vertebrae bo

Blood oxygen at 73 no breath very weak started about a month ago and steadily getting worse, going from one room to the next I need to rest to move again, lungs are clear heart fine but in a lot of pain due to lumbar spinal stenosis and four vertebrae bo

Smoker? COPD?: Blood oximetry at 73% is generally not good news. It points to a problem with ur lung or heart. Were u ever a smoker? That cd explain breathing & back problems. U may have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) which comes from yrs of smoking. See ur doctor quickly to get diagnosed. While COPD damage cannot be reversed, ur symptoms can b treated w/ inhalers, & oximetry improved. Don't smoke! ...Read more

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Mri-t12-l1 l4-l5 l5-s1 disk protrusion no nerve impingement or spinal stenosis. Left low back buttock leg pain ×3 wks. Foot cold tingling. Worse when sitting standing walking. 10 days steriod no help?

Mri-t12-l1 l4-l5 l5-s1 disk protrusion no nerve impingement or spinal stenosis. Left low back buttock leg pain ×3 wks. Foot cold tingling. Worse when sitting standing walking. 10 days steriod no help?

Delaying in this: Circumstance isn't advisable. Your symptoms suggest impingement, either through direct nerve compression or swelling around the nerve. In any event, a discussion with your neurologist/neurosurgeon about an epidural steroid (or transforaminal steroid) injection should happen sooner, rather than later. Although a cold, numb foot may be related to other (vascular) problems, nerve problems are primary. ...Read more

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Can I give spinal stenosis to my husband?

Can I give spinal stenosis to my husband?

No: Spinal stenosis is not an infection — it is not contagious or transmissible from one person to the next. ...Read more

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How can you cope with spinal stenosis pain?

Pain management: There is a specialty that deals directly with helping patients with pain and it is known as pain management. I would not hesitate to ask your physician to refer you to a pain specialist. ...Read more

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Will exercise help spinal stenosis and how ?

Perhaps: Exercise that strengthens the abdominal (tummy) muscles could reduce the curve of the low back (lordosis). This could enlarge the nerve channels slightly. This might suffice in mild cases of stenosis. Aerobic exercise in a flexed position (such as cycling) could improve overall fitness and that might improve symptoms. Exercise may be most beneficial in people with milder, less disabling symptoms. ...Read more

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Which drugs can be given for spinal stenosis?

Which drugs can be given for spinal stenosis?

Options: Spinal stenosis can be treated conservatively with physical therapy and lumbar epidural steroid injections. Your spine specialist can thoroughly evaluate you and help coordinate conservative care if appropriate. Surgery is usually helpful if all else fails. Check out spine-health. Com. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of spinal stenosis?

What are the common symptoms of spinal stenosis?

Positional sciatica: Symptomatic spinal stenosis usually presents as radiating pain down the sciatic region of one or both legs. Because of anatomic considerations, the sciatica is typically positional. Leg pain, numbess, and/or weakness predictably worsens after a short period with the spine extended (standing upright/walking) and improves with forward flexion of the spine (sitting/hunching forward/fetal position). ...Read more

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Spinal stenosis at 22 years old, is this normal?

Spinal stenosis: The answer is no — spinal stenosis is a disease that occurs with aging, most commonly in the sixth and seventh decades of life. But having said that spinal stenosis can occur in a younger person, a problem likely that has been present since birth. The concern would be if this stenosis is causing pain or weakness problems then one might need to consider surgical solutions. ...Read more

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Can I decrease spinal stenosis pain by stretching?

Can I decrease spinal stenosis pain by stretching?

Yes: Absolutely! Stretching and strengthening will decrease muscle strain and strengthen the muscles that support your spine. This will lead to decreased pain. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have advanced spinal stenosis?

Depends: They, the person completing the dictation on your imaging study might be referring to "advanced" in comparison to your age.
Alternatively, it might also mean that your stenosis (narrowing of the signal canal) is severe. ...Read more

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What's the most common problem from spinal stenosis?

Limit standing/walk: For the lumbar spinal stenosis, limited capacity to stand and/or walk. Due to pain, numbing, tingling &/or fatigue --for the cervical region, pain into the arms with numbing and/or tingling and/or weakness. ...Read more

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Is there an exercise to reduce or relieve spinal stenosis?

Yes: Spinal stenosis symptoms arise from pressure on the spinal nerves from spinal canal narrowing. Flexion exercises of the lumbar spine may help decompress the pressure and reduce symptoms. Core and spinal extensor exercises may help build up muscles that support the spine. ...Read more

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How serious is it to have spinal stenosis with degenerated disc?

Depends: Can be very or not at all. Depends on the degree of stenosis and whether it is central or at the opening where the nerves exit the spinal canal (called the neuroforamen.) after age 23 most of us have some degenerative disc on imaging. It doesn't predict your level of pain. If you take 100 forty year old americans with no back pain at all, at least 30 of them will have "bulging discs" on mri. ...Read more

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Would you please help describe the usual symptoms of spinal stenosis?

Sciatica: Symptomatic spinal stenosis usually presents as radiating pain down the sciatic region of one or both legs. Because of anatomic considerations, the sciatica is typically positional. Leg pain, numbess, and/or weakness predictably worsens after a short period with the spine extended (standing upright/walking) and improves with forward flexion of the spine (sitting/hunching forward/fetal position). ...Read more

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I think I have spinal stenosis. What is the best way for me to get a diagnosis?

I think I have spinal stenosis. What is the best way for me to get a diagnosis?

See your doctor: Spinal stenosis is made by appropriate history and physical exam. If these warrant it, an MRI or ct myelogram will confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can diet affect my spinal stenosis?

Can diet affect my spinal stenosis?

Not really: Diet can affect a lot of things, but once you already have stenosis, diet has little or no effect with the exception that carrying extra body weight can certainly make it more symptomatic. ...Read more

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How should I treat back spinal stenosis?

Decompression: Spinal stenosis only matters if it is severe enough to compress the spinal cord or nerve roots. If there is no spinal cord or nerve root compression, then the stenosis is irrelevant. There are open and minimally invasive ways to decompress the spinal canal. Be sure to go to someone like me who is trained and experienced in every spinal procedure for stenosis, not just a subset of them. ...Read more

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Can heat help with spinal stenosis pain?

Can heat help with spinal stenosis pain?

Maybe if muscles hur: Work with a good physical therapist. Find musculoskeletal acupuncture such as trigger points (don't need injections, just 'dry needling'). A good hands-on osteopathic physician who does omt (omm) is key for maintaining function in a chronic situation. Finally, since this is really arthritis in the spine, and has an inflammatory component, eat an anti-inflammatory diet and herbs (find online). ...Read more

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Can congenital spinal stenosis be fixed?

Yes: Congenital stenosis may not cause any symptoms, may respond it terms of symptom relief to epidural steroids and can only be structurally fixed by surgery, typically laminectomy. ...Read more

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Does only surgery help ls spinal stenosis?

No: No, there are many good non-operative treatments available. Don't hesitate to be seen. ...Read more

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I have spinal stenosis and ddd pain. Help!?

I have spinal stenosis and ddd pain. Help!?

Depends: Depends on how severe the stenosis is. If moderate to severe, and you have failed conservative treatments such as pain management and physical therapy, you may want to discuss your options with a spine surgeon. ...Read more

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Can spinal stenosis cause sexual dysfuction?

Can spinal stenosis cause sexual dysfuction?

Yes: Any compromise of the spinal cord can affect the nerves responsible for erections. ...Read more

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What's a decompression for spinal stenosis?

Surgery: Spinal stenosis is when the spinal canal is too narrow for the nerve elements. This can be a congenital or acquired in origin. When surgery is indicated, one of the mosf common is a laminectomy which is a removal of the "roof" of the spine freeing up or decompressing the nerve tissues, a decompression. ...Read more

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What to do about surgery for spinal stenosis?

What to do about surgery for spinal stenosis?

Spine surgery: This is a surgery performed by spine surgeons that helps relieve the pressure on the spine depending on the level of the stenosis the symptoms will be different because different nerves come off at different levels of the spinal cord. Therefore, the best is to be evaluated by a spine surgeon who can go into more detail about the severity and intervention required. ...Read more

Stricture (Definition)

A stricture is an anatomic narrowing of any structure in the body with a lumen. Depending on the organ, the underlying causes can be traumatic, ...Read more


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Stenosis (Definition)

Constriction or narrowing of something - duct, artery, passage way such as the outlet of the stomach into the small ...Read more