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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


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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Could my knee and ankle joint pain be caused by my lumbar spinal stenosis?

Could my knee and ankle joint pain be caused by my lumbar spinal stenosis?

Yes: The nerves from the back can definitely create knee and ankle pain. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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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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. ...Read more

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Can spinal stenosis or disc herniation cause back pain and weakness in legs?

Spinal stenosis: Both spinal stenosis and disc herniation can cause both back and leg pain along with weakness. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...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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I have spinal stenosis. Had a spinal fusion of the L1, L2, L3, to help the pain. Now have severe leg pian, bladder incontinence. Any surgery options?

Back pain: If someone is losing control of their bowel or bladder due to back problems they should go to the ER to be seen. Don't know what surgical options there are as I am Family Medicine - but would still go to ER. ...Read more

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Can l4-5 spinal stenosis + left sided herniation cause muscle spasm in both legs? Why do I feel weakness in leg as it twitches?

Yes: Spinal stenosis generally causes diffuse weakness in both lower extremities and get aggravated with activity. Leaning forward as you would on a bike or sleeping in a fetal position flexes the spine and generally alleviates the pain from stenosis.

You appear to have a one level disc herniation which would cause numbness, weakness, spasm in the muscles that are innervated by that nerve root. ...Read more

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I had back surgery back in december. A lumbar decompression due to spinal stenosis at l4-l5 level. I also have a bulging disc at the same level that they did a microdisectomy on. I continue to have severe burning pain down my right leg all the way to my

I had back surgery back in december. A lumbar decompression due to spinal stenosis at l4-l5 level. I also have a bulging disc at the same level that they did a microdisectomy on. I continue to have severe burning pain down my right leg all the way to my

Need further workup: May be due to continued nerve entrapment in terms of residual spinal stenosis, a recurrent disc herniation, scar tissue development about the nerve or neuropathic pain related to the nerve not fully recovering from the prior compression &/or related to its manipulation during your surgery or a combination of these. A MRI with contrast is best diagnostic test for this & possibly an emg/ncv test. ...Read more

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Could spinal stenosis in lumbar spine cause bluish color feet?

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

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How can they determine if my foot drop is being caused by my Ms or Spinal Stenosis? I am having an EMG done in Sept. Will this help tell which one?

Quite simple: If you have spinal stenosis, your L-5 nerve root may well be compressed, but alternatively, you could even possess a peroneal nerve problem. An EMG can clarify totally, and if negative, the foot drop would be more likely due to spinal cord involvement in MS. If the latter, you should be treated for a relapse. ...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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I have severe numbness in the 3 smallest toes and the ball or pad section it's connected too. I have severe spinal stenosis and had a distectomy on L5?

May be spinal stenos: This numbness may be from the spinal stenosis. If it is new you will need to do neurological testing and imaging with MRI to see if there are new neurological lesions ...Read more

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Almost constant twitching in left calf and some in right. I have mild lumbar scoliosis with hypertrophy and spinal stenosis. Could this cause this?

Twitching: How long has this been going on? It may be ok. It is a common symptom.

Twitching could be caused by some changes in your back, in particular if there are changes around S1, which is a common site for stenosis.

What is more important- are the calves strong? Do they seem like a normal size? If you can stand up on your toes/balls of your feet, it may be ok. ...Read more

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My legs, hips and back hurt. Could this be coming from the spinal stenosis?

Yes: Spinal stenosis can cause these symptoms, so can other conditions. Recommend a physical examination by a spine doctor. ...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


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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