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Does cauda equina syndrome with spinal stenosis cause complete paralysis?

Does cauda equina syndrome with spinal stenosis cause complete paralysis?

Don't 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. ...Read more

Palsy (Definition)

...is a corruption of French "paralise" from Latinized Greek "paralysis." In the old days it meant any kind of persistent weakness. To this day Parkinson's disease is also called "paralysis agitans" which is a Latin translation of Dr. Parkinson's original name for it, the "shaking palsy." We've obviously reborrowed the full form "paralysis" into English as well; today ...Read more


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Can cervical spinal stenosis be caused by a fall?

Can cervical spinal stenosis be caused by a fall?

Yes: Congenital spinal stenosis means that the spinal canal has a narrow diameter because you're born that way. Cervical degenerative spine disease can also lead to stenosis. A fall can result in a herniation or slipped disc and result in spinal stenosis. ...Read more

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Could a cervical spinal stenosis be caused by a fall?

Could a cervical spinal stenosis be caused by a fall?

No: Degenerative cervical spinal stenosis takes years to develop, usually not from an event such as a fall.

That being said, a person with pre-existing spinal stenosis of cervical spine can sustain central cord syndrome/contusion from the fall, become very symptomatic. ...Read more

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Could it happen such that a cervical spinal stenosis be caused by a fall?

Could it happen such that a cervical spinal stenosis be caused by a fall?

Cervical stenosis: ...Hmm, only if it caused a severe sudden disc herniation or perhaps a fracture, otherwise stenosis is a process of gradual degeneration and not an acute disease.
What can happen is that stenosis symptoms suddenly worsen due to alittle instability that occurred during the fall, and tight nerves were suddenly squeezed some more, and that gave you the symptoms... Good luck! ...Read more

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Tonight I got really cold & my muscles felt heavy and locked up, which caused me to fall. Could this be tied w/ my back issues like my spinal stenosis?

Tonight I got really cold & my muscles felt heavy and locked up, which caused me to fall. Could this be tied w/ my back issues like my spinal stenosis?

Muscles locked: It could be due to spinal stenosis. It also could be due to electrolyte abnormalities, other neurological abnormalities, dehydration, simple fainting or being clumsy. It certainly warrants a trip to the doctor for an evaluation and blood work at the least. ...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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Could spinal stenosis cause sexual dysfunction?

Could spinal stenosis cause sexual dysfunction?

Possibly: If severe enough to cause compression of the lumbar nerve roots (specifically l2, 3, 4) this could cause difficulty with normal arousal reflexes, including erection. ...Read more

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Could spinal stenosis cause short term memory loss?

Could spinal stenosis cause short term memory loss?

No: Memory loss may be indicative of a brain disorder. Spinal stenosis will not cause short term memory loss. ...Read more

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Can spinal stenosis cause you to have short term memory loss?

Can spinal stenosis cause you to have short term memory loss?

No: It just doesn't work that way. You may think you are going to lose your mind due to the pain and you may lose your mind taking the medications used to treat the pain of spinal stenosis but, no, it does not lead to short term memory loss. ...Read more

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Does spinal stenosis cause pain in the arms and shoulders?

Does spinal stenosis cause pain in the arms and shoulders?

Spinal stenosis: If it is lumbar and not cervical spinal stenosis pain in the upper body would be very uncommon, much more common in the legs and feet if it is lumbar stenosis. ...Read more

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What causes spinal stenosis?

What causes spinal stenosis?

Several things: Spinal stenosis can be congenital but is also acquired with aging, or trauma, by either arthritis, herniated discs or even vertebral collapse as people age, which can result in vertebra slipping across each other which can cause stenosis too. It is important to see a neurosurgeon for evaluation, or a orthopedist who specializes in the spine, for full evaluation and treatment, surgery is an option. ...Read more

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What causes spinal stenosis?

Born with or develop: Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal leading to compression of nerve tissue. You can be born with it or you can develop it with age related or degenerative changes or acquire it through deformities/instabilities or with disc herniations, synovial cysts or after some spine fractures. ...Read more

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Can spinal stenosis cause permanent damage?

Can spinal stenosis cause permanent damage?

Yes: Left alone, you can develop weakness, pain and or numbness.
Decompressive laminectomy (unroofing of the spinal canal) can help. ...Read more

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Can a herniated disc cause spinal stenosis?

Yes: Technically, spinal stenosis is defined as a narrowing of the nerve canal and a disc herniation can definitely cause narrowing of the canal. ...Read more

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What causes spinal stenosis in someone who is 44? I also have lupus & ra. The pain has been debilitating for two weeks now, what are my options?

What causes spinal stenosis in someone who is 44? I also have lupus & ra. The pain has been debilitating for two weeks now, what are my options?

Many prospects: Stenosis may be caused by any structure that occupies space in the spinal canal leading to crowding of the nerve roots. This could include bulging/herniating discs, thickening of the joints or ligaments and the presence of cysts. This can occur with a single entity or any combination of structures. However, pain may also not be due to stenosis. It could be inflammation, poor blood flow, etc. ...Read more

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I have 3 bulging discs in L-3-4-5, spinal stenosis and disk degeneration. I have twiching in my calfs off and on, is it caused from my back issues?

I have 3 bulging discs in L-3-4-5, spinal stenosis and disk degeneration. I have twiching in my calfs off and on, is it caused from my back issues?

Perhaps: Bulging discs in and of themselves do not cause neuropathic or myalgic symptoms unless they compress specific nerves and/or central nervous system structures. If you already had an MRI, presumably that was ordered by your physician to help assess these symptoms, and having a discussion regarding the results would be appropriate. ...Read more

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Can spinal stenosis cause calf pains in the legs?

Can spinal stenosis cause calf pains in the legs?

Yes: Spinal stenosis typically manifests as leg pain mostly when walking. However, clogged blood vessels can cause the same symptom. To know the difference, you need to get an MRI and have a doctor examine the blood vessels of your legs. ...Read more

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Can a rearend car accident cause cervical spinal stenosis and hyperextention of the neck?

Can a rearend car accident cause cervical spinal stenosis and hyperextention of the neck?

Yes: If the force of your motor vehicle accident was sufficient to displace an intervertebral disc in your cervical spine, this may cause stenosis. ...Read more

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Could spinal stenosis or scar tissue be a cause for post L5 s-1 fusion patient to have numbness and tingling in feet then to buttocks and groin.?

Could spinal stenosis or scar tissue be a cause for post L5 s-1 fusion patient to have numbness and tingling in feet then to buttocks and groin.?

Yes: Spinal stenosis can lead to these symptoms and postoperative spinal changes can as well whether related to "scar tissue" or not. This causes symptoms from buttocks down to feet. If symptoms are going up leg from feet it may be a neuropathy or related to nerve changes in leg rather than in spine. You can have this evaluated and an emg/ncv or nerve test may help to distinguish source. ...Read more

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Can mild to moderate cervical spinal stenosis cause my muscles to ache anywhere in my back from time to time?

Can mild to moderate cervical spinal stenosis cause my muscles to ache anywhere in my back from time to time?

Yes: Yes, by potentially causing spasms in the paraspinal muscles; can cause headaches as well. Consider being seen as there are many good treatment options. ...Read more

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My cervical spine has lots of problems like spinal stenosis. Coukd that cause pain in the upper back on right? Pain present one year

My cervical spine has lots of problems like spinal stenosis. Coukd that cause pain in the upper back on right? Pain present one year

Possibly: Upper back pain can be muscular, can be neck related, can be cervical spine related, or could even be from an internal issue (lung, etc). Try topical heat treatment, massage, hot shower, ben-gay and if not better, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Have pain in left groin &hip aggravated by sitting. Have spinal stenosis severe in L4'L5. Started 20 days ago after long car ride. Can back cause?

Have pain in left groin &hip aggravated by sitting. Have spinal stenosis severe in L4'L5. Started 20 days ago after long car ride. Can back cause?

Yes: Yes sitting long periods of time can inflame a lumbar region that as severe spinal stenosis. The pain in your hip and groin can be from aggravated nerve roots. You can try McKenzie Back exercises. If it doesn't resolve, then seek medical evaluation. Back pain that causes numbness around rectum, foot immobility or bladder incontinence needs immediate attention. ...Read more

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Sign spinal stenosis at l4-l5. Small syn cyst right side l4-l5 no hern disc 14 wk out apptwill corrective action delay cause problems? Options I may ha

Sign spinal stenosis at l4-l5. Small syn cyst right side l4-l5 no hern disc 14 wk out apptwill corrective action delay cause problems? Options I may ha

Depends: If you are having weakness in leg related to this, and surgery might be considered, then it is better not to wait as fixing it after delay might mean permanent weakness, if this is pain and other symptoms like numbness you can tolerate or manage conservatively, then the delay is not likely going to threaten your functioning. ...Read more

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Could advanced cervical spinal stenosis cause vagus nerve damage?

Could advanced cervical spinal stenosis cause vagus nerve damage?

Vagus nerve / spine: Spinal stenosis should not affect the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve is safely outside of the spinal canal. In spinal stenosis, it is the spinal canal that becomes narrowed. ...Read more

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Hi, can spinal stenosis cause pressure in the head and weakness in legs.?

Yes: If spinal stenosis is severe enough in the neck or cervical spine it can cause a condition known as myelopathy which can include these symptoms. Also, degenerative changes in neck can also contribute to some of these complaints. There is a 20% chance of co-existing stenosis in lumbar spine as well when it is found in neck. A double whammy! But so can other conditions so you see your physician! ...Read more

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85 yr fem-sharp intermit pain in both thighs, occurring after sitting or walking too long. Has spinal stenosis. On warfarin-3.75MG/day Possible cause?

85 yr fem-sharp intermit pain in both thighs, occurring after sitting or walking too long. Has spinal stenosis. On warfarin-3.75MG/day Possible cause?

Physical Exam Needed: This is a complex question. A physical exam is very helpful in a case like this. I wish I could be more helpful but I want to you get the right diagnosis. Please arrange for a physical exam with a doctor. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Paralysis (Definition)

A paralyzed limb cannot be voluntarily moved, and the term reflects leg involvement, paraplegia, full body, quadriplegia, and less than full, tetraplegia. Causes can be many, including stroke, trauma, ...Read more


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