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Can Spinal Stenosis Cause Permanent Damage
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
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
...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
How long can spinal stenosis n ruptured discs press on nerve roots before causing permanent damage?
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 more
Yes: And loss of fine motor control of hands. ...Read more
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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No: The symptoms of spinal stenosis can sometimes mimic those of vascular disease (clogging of blood vessels). I would see your doctor and get this checked out right away. Patients with vascular disease in the legs may also have it in the heart (leading to the potential for a heart attack)>. ...Read more
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
I had spinal stenosis surgery five years back with metal implants with screws, is above implants permanent or to be removed at later stage?
Permanent: Permant there if appropriately placed there comes to be no good reason to remove them their removal will not relieve backpain they can and should stay in. ...Read more
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
Could a fall on a steel beam cause or start the process for spinal stenosis. I fell back onto a leg of a car lift and hit my whole back and head.
Fall: This typically does not cause stenosis unless its a herniated disc that is causing the stenosis. ...Read more
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
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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