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Can Spinal Stenosis Cause Permanent Damage
How long can spinal stenosis n ruptured discs press on nerve roots before causing permanent damage?
Depends: Intense pressure can damage nerves instantly. Permanent damage may result if the nerves are not decompressed on time. Often, even large disc herniations may occur without any neuro damage to speak of. Ask your local neurosurgeon for an evaluation to discern if any nerves are at risk here. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: The acquired type can be when you herniate a disc & this takes up the space of the spinal canal & you get symptoms of stenosis or cord problem like a myleopathy. Likewise a spine fracture that has some bone that displaces into the canal &heals that way can do the same. After a soft tissue injury, later down the line, the rate of degeneration can be accelerated leading to spinal stenosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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