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Could spinal stenosis be mistaken for fibromyalgia?

Could spinal stenosis be mistaken for fibromyalgia?

Spinal Stenosis: Depending on where the spinal stenosis was would determine if it could be confused with fibromyalgia. If it were lumbar, the answer would be "no" due to the pain being only in the lower body. If it were cervical, the answer could be "maybe". The work up for fibromyalgia would discover multiple underlying other disorders contributing to the disease. Have a knowledgeable specialist evaluate. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Spinal Stenosis (Definition)

Spinal stenosis is medical condition in which openings where 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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How to tell the difference if you have fibromyalgia or pain from spinal stenosis?

Spinal stenosis: Fibromyalgia is a generalized pain of muscles while spinal stenosis affects the legs and is aggravated by any lengthy standing or walking and gets better when one sits down and rest, fibromyalia is not usually affect by rest. ...Read more

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Can you help please ? I have spinal stenosis. Dystonia and Fibromyalgia. I can't hardly walk but it's being suggested by a respite care home I walk.

Can you help please ? I have spinal stenosis. Dystonia and Fibromyalgia. I can't hardly walk but it's being suggested by a respite care home I walk.

Which is causing thi: Which of these diagnoses are responsible for your inability to walk. Your medical team will need to help you decide and then the treatment can be directed. Lumbar stenosis can be treated with epidural steroid injection and physical therapte y and the others with this with physical therapy.We don'y know your age andam uncertain what a repite care home is ...Read more

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I have many chronic conditions. Lupus, spinal stenosis, djd, fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease. My husband doesn't understand my pain. Any ideas?

Go to doc with you: Have your husband attend your appointments with you. Ask the physician, physical therapist, etc. To explain the nature of the conditions to your husband, including the associated pain and toll it takes on you physically and mentally. Seeing a marriage counselor/psychologist could also be helpful. ...Read more

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I have fibromyalgia, degenerative disc and joint disease, spinal stenosis , migraines, i'm on vicodin 5/525 but am never out of pain. It's wearing on me and my dr. Refuses to increase the vicodin. What do I do?

I have fibromyalgia, degenerative disc and joint disease, spinal stenosis , migraines,  i'm on vicodin 5/525 but am never out of pain. It's wearing on me and my dr. Refuses to increase the vicodin. What do I do?

First do no harm: Your physician is not ignoring your pain. Pain medications have risks that must be weighed against the potential benefits. In the setting of fibromyalgia, there is no proven long term benefit with use of narcotics. There are many safer non-narcotic medications that may be worth a try. Even with the best pain medications, your goal may be to reduce pain, not eliminate pain. ...Read more

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Pain from spine surgery years after 3 failed back surgeries. I also have spinal stenosis, spinal fusions, fibromyalgia, severe scar tissue, bad hip?

Stimulator may help: If you're still having pain after your 3 failed spine surgeries you could benefit from a spinal cord stimulator. I have seen many people helped tremendously by this implantable device. Find someone reputable and they may be able to help. ...Read more

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How could you relieve the pain of spinal stenosis in an 80 year old?

How could you relieve the pain of spinal stenosis in an 80 year old?

Hope this helps: 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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Could spinal stenosis get so bad you can't bend without extreme pain?

No: Spinal stenosis actully improve with bending forward if the pain is on bending is suggests other etiologies for your pain possibly muscular. ...Read more

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I have been spinal stenosis and have been losing my balance lately. Could the two be related, and what's next?

I have been spinal stenosis and have been losing my balance lately. Could the two be related, and what's next?

Yes: Cervical stenosis can lead to a unsteady gait lumbar stenosis possible but not common you should look into getting unstenosed decompressed if cervical stenosis is problem. ...Read more

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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

Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Fibromyalgia (Definition)

Widespread pain and tenderness on palpation of specific muscle points, associated with variety of other symptoms that include fatigue, sleep disturbances, depression, anxiety, ...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