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Physical therapy: There are 4 basic types of treatment for this condition: 1 medication. 2 physical therapy 3 injections. 4. Surgery. The only treatment shown to alter the course of the disease process is regular exercise/ physical therapy. Medications and injections are used to help control symptoms, surgery is used for progressive neurological deterioration or pain which cannot be controlled any other way. ...Read more
Holes in vertebrae: Usually spinal stenosis is referring to narrowing of the large canal in the vertebrae that the spinal cord travels through, while foraminal stenosis refers to a narrowing of one of the smaller canals between the vertebrae through which nerves leave from the spinal cord and go to your limbs or trunk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My daughter was diagnosed with Stenosis of the Foramen Magnum and a syrinx extending from C1-Tll at age 6. What is expected long term?
Surgery @ some point: The syrinx may not be very symptomatic now but this with the narrowing of the bony entrance to the spinal cord will likely cause chronic headaches and other symptoms by the teen years. At some point they will want to go in and remove the bag like syrinx and create more room in the bony entrance to the cord. It is a major surgery but in gifted hands can solve the problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could a person with congenital lateral recess stenosis have developed compensations over a lifetime like more blood vessel off shoots in foramen?
Not vessels : Clrs has nothing to do with the blood vessels it is a narrowing of the spine narrowing the side of the column depending on the age patient and the symptoms he should a md who can evaluate the severity the stenosis does not effect vessels but the nerves leaving the the cord check on google if sever he is having symptoms if not leave alone. ...Read more
My mom's MRI report:
"stenosis of left c6/7 intervertebral foramen due to a disc fragment causing compression of left C7 nerve root." is this serious?
Depends - but can be: Serious is relative - but she should definitely see a neurologist and have a thorough neurologic exam. Hopefully the report says whether it's mild, moderate, or severe. Metismd can help if you need a second opinion... ...Read more
Cervical MRI - C6-7, C5-6 - 3mm bulge disc dehydration and narrowing along neural foramen. Also mild C4-5, C5-6 stenosis protrusion. Thoughts?
Cervical MRI: Yes you need to discuss these findings with your Dr. who knows your history and physical exam. Was the test done for fun or Injuries? What symptoms are you having? Numbness, weakness in the distribution of the nerves that go out of these foramen. You can look at this on Wikipedia too learn more. ...Read more
Depends: Lumbar stenosis is typically does not resolve on its own. It usually from hypertrophied ligaments or bones. If, however, stenosis is secondary to a herniated disc, this may resolve on its own. Discs have a fluid-like component which can dessicate over time, and as the disc dries up it lifts pressure off the nerve roots. ...Read more
Non specific term: Stenosis just means a tightening & is generally used to describe a tubular structure. For any specific discussion of treatment we would first need a better description of what you mean, what the stenosis refers to. Please start over & submit a question with more background information.Questions are not linked. ...Read more
Many causes: There are many possible causes. It can be congenital from having a small spinal canal, it can be related to trauma, or it can just be degenerative from years of stress put on your back by day to day activities. Some of this can be determined by the appearance of the stenosis but some can't. ...Read more
Abnormal narrowing: Stenosis is abnormal narrowing. But, "stenosis" tells us nothing about what is narrowing. After all, spinal stenosis is very different from coronary artery stenosis which is different from carotid stenosis which in turn is different from penile artery stenosis. However, last 3 arterial stenoses tend to lead to vascular events eg heart attack, stroke & erectile dysfunction while former causes pain. ...Read more
MANY OPTIONS: 1st q to ask: was the laminectomy appropriate tx of choice initially? Signific # of back pain pts are s/p laminectomy. Was laminectomy for stenosis or herniated disc & then u developed stenosis subsequently? Back surgeries r great if successful 1st surgery. If not, repeat surgery has very poor success rates.Natural options always better.Lose wt #1, if overwt. Then research the many other options. ...Read more
One kidney does fine: If only one of your kidney is affected and the other is fine, you may never need dialysis as long as it remains healthy. Many people donate one of their kidneys and do fine with just one. So, if you have medical problems such as diabetes, hypertension, or atherosclerosis etc..Make sure you get treatment and follow-up with doc regularly. Good luck to you. ...Read more
Narrowing of artery: The term refers to the narrowing of the carotid arteries which supply blood to the brain. This narrowing is usually caused by the buildup of fatty substances and cholesterol deposits, called plaque. Carotid artery occlusion refers to complete blockage of the artery. When the carotid arteries are obstructed, you are at an increased risk for a stroke, the third leading cause of death in usa. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers