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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


Dr. Stuart Wasser Dr. Wasser
Addiction Medicine
31 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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I have spinal stenosis with sciatic pain from foot to thigh. Now, I am having severe pain up to groin. I have been usingfentanyl patch and oxycodone with no relief. What should I do?

I have spinal stenosis with sciatic pain from foot to thigh. Now, I am having severe pain up to groin. I have been usingfentanyl patch and oxycodone with no relief. What should I do?

See, below: If you are using oxycodone regularly (daily) than you are going into withdrawal despite a more consistent level of fentanyl provided by the patch. That withdrawal at the end of the oxycodone dosing interval is exacerbating your pain. Another trick that is not well appreciated is the use of ultra low dose Naltrexone (0.25 mgs 1-2x daily) also the other drugs per answers given by the other docs.

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Dr. Slade Suchecki Dr. Suchecki
Family Medicine
14 years in practice
Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine
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I am 54 and I have a spinal stenosis of 5mm. It is becoming more difficult to use the right leg. I get cramps, major weakness, hip goes out and can hardly walk. What shouldi do?

I am 54 and I have a spinal stenosis of 5mm. It is becoming more difficult to use the right leg. I get cramps, major weakness, hip goes out and can hardly walk. What shouldi do?

Stenosis: Unfortunately, medications, manipulation and therapy may improve symptoms, however the pathology will continue to worsen. If you are having neurologic issues of weakness etc, you should be seen by a neurosurgeon or orthopedist with spinal training for eval before things worsen.

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Dr. Peter Ihle Dr. Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery
50 years in practice
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
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I Have spinal stenosis and neuropathy. Lots of numbness. Why do my legs and feet feel like they are in ice water at night? Walking is hard.

I Have spinal stenosis and neuropathy. Lots of numbness. Why do my legs and feet feel like they are in ice water at night? Walking is hard.

1 of the symptoms-: -is painful when walking. The usual distance you were able to walk gets shorter as time goes by. You have to stop & rest more often. The coldness can be associated with it also. I am assuming you mean the lumbar spine.

Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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I have spinal stenosis L4-5. Plus spinal stryrinx T2-8. Symptoms have changed pain in leg run down r side of now down back feet numb while sitting up.

I have spinal stenosis L4-5. Plus spinal stryrinx T2-8. Symptoms have changed pain in leg run down r side of now down back feet numb while sitting up.

Your question is???: You have not asked a question but those symptoms strongly suggest you need a neurologic evaluation as soon as possible.

Dr. M. Hytham Beck Dr. Beck
Surgery
39 years in practice
University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine
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I have lumbar spinal stenosis, herniated discs, pins & needles in lower leg/foot and now my foot is turning blue. Could spinal stenosis be the problem?

No: Bno spinal stenosis will do all the above except the discoloration of your feet. That is a circulation problem. If you are diabetic, or if you are a smoker, need to see your doctor it could be a serious problem

Dr. Thomas Dowling Dr. Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
36 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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I am being treated for spinal stenosis but today my right arm, hand, leg and foot are having continuous pins and needle feeling.?

Many possible causes: You could have spinal stenosis in both the neck & back which occurs in 20% of patients with stenosis in one region. If it is in the neck, the degenerative changes that create the stenosis may also be affecting one of the vertebral arteries leading to stroke like symptoms or you may be having a mini stroke or tia. The other possibility is that it may be a symptom of a demylinating disease like ms.

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Dr. Marshall Bedder Dr. Bedder
Pain Management
34 years in practice
University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine
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I have lumbar spinal stenosis and have had four back surgeries. I also have nerve damage in my legs and feet. I feel extreme burning and tingling. Now they want to puta spinal cord stimulator (scs) in. Is it a good idea?

I have lumbar spinal stenosis and have had four back surgeries. I also have nerve damage in my legs and feet. I feel extreme burning and tingling. Now they want to puta spinal cord stimulator (scs) in. Is it a good idea?

Medically Sound: One cannot generalize for every patient and their own particular situation. In general, if a patient has been adequately decompressed, as you have been with 4 surgeries, and still has residual or continuing neuropathic pain they would be considered an excellent candidate for SCS at first assessment. Further spinal surgeries have not been seen to help and may in fact worsen your situation.

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Dr. James Henning Dr. Henning
Anesthesiology
46 years in practice
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
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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?

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.

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Dr. Arnold Beresh Dr. Beresh
Podiatry
37 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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Dr. Prem Gupta Dr. Gupta
Neurology
44 years in practice
Maharshi Dayanand University P.T. Blagwat Dayal Sharma Medical College
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What to do if I have degenerative spinal stenosis and have a chronic pain in my right shin and ankle, a numbing pain?

See a physiatrist: Try conservative treatment by physiatrist 1st. It it fails then surgical option can be considered if all investigations confirm pinching of nerves in the low back.

Dr. Wenjay Sung Dr. Sung
Podiatry
10 years in practice
Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University
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I took gabapentin for cervical stenosis. I had foot cramps and went off the drug. Cramps better, but legs still ache, could this drug induce this?

I took gabapentin for cervical stenosis. I had foot cramps and went off the drug. Cramps better, but legs still ache, could this drug induce this?

Not common: It's not common for cramping complication from Gabapentin as it's effect is on the nervous system. Here's a list of possible side effects, good luck: http://www. Webmd. Com/drugs/mono-8217-gabapentin+-+oral. Aspx? Drugid=14208&drugname=gabapentin+oral.

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Dr. Thomas Dowling Dr. Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
36 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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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!

Dr. Stuart Hickerson Dr. Hickerson
Family Medicine
28 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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Can spinal stenosis go to your neck and cause sciatica in both legs?

Spinal stenosis: Spinal stenosis can effect your back and you can have spinal stenosis of your neck. Stenosis simply means narrowing. Neck stenosis would not cause sciatica.

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Dr. James Goodrich Dr. Goodrich
Neurosurgery
37 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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Dr. Juan Agudelo Dr. Agudelo
Orthopedic Surgery
25 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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I'm 56 with spinal stenosis. Back and leg pain. Tried therapy, yoga and stretching pain is severe. What can I do? I'm tired of pain I'm a nurse.

I'm 56 with spinal stenosis. Back and leg pain. Tried therapy, yoga and stretching pain is severe. What can I do? I'm tired of pain I'm a nurse.

Pain management: Next step may be to discuss non operative options with a spine surgeon or pain management anesthesiologist. Options may include epidural steroid injections.

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Dr. Sherry Ransom Dr. Ransom
Podiatry
29 years in practice
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Can a slipped disc cause anterior thigh and anterior lower leg pain I have had surgery for spinal stenosis with relief 15 mos ago?

Possibly: U need to see a neurologist. There are certain nerves that inner ate those areas. The nerves come thru the spinal chord and go to their designated areas. U need to see a neurologist so he can do some tests and narrow the problem down

Dr. Jennifer Chu Dr. Chu
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
46 years in practice
New York Institute of Technology New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Diagnosed at 24 w/ bilateral formalin spinal stenosis. Now 30, with leg pain, weakness, vision, numb. Ms runs in family members. Can they cause similarities?

Diagnosed at 24 w/ bilateral formalin spinal stenosis. Now 30, with leg pain, weakness, vision, numb. Ms runs in family members. Can they cause similarities?

Dual problems: The numbness can be related to primal stenosis but not the visual problems which may be related to ms. The 2 conditions can coexist. You need evaluation with the neurologist as well as a specialist in rehabilitation medicine.

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Dr. Richard Rosenthal Dr. Rosenthal
Pain Management
32 years in practice
University of Utah School of Medicine
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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.

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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


Dr. Darrin Cunningham
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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