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Is spinal stenosis common in patients with ms?

Is spinal stenosis common in patients with ms?

Not really: Patients may have both spinal stenosis and MS but there is no causative relationship between the two. In other words, MS does not predispose someone to have spinal stenosis. There occurences are purely coincidental. ...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 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?

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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R there other explanations for foot to tingle with hot shower or weather besides ms?i have anteriorlisthesis and spinal stenosis. No other mri finding

R there other explanations for foot to tingle with hot shower or weather besides ms?i have anteriorlisthesis and spinal stenosis. No other mri finding

A spondylo is -: - a cause of lower leg symptoms, depending on the degree. They can B developmental or traumatic or stress related, & by stress it means some repetitive hyper-extension activity. Younger females who R pushed into swimming @ a young age, or gymnasts . In men interior line men can get it.A hot shower is not related 2 tingling but weather can effect the spondylo., as it is a degenerative disease. ...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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I have MS and spinal stenosis. Emg shows l5-l4-s1 compression of nerve root. Orthopaedic surgeon won't do the surgery without neurologist ok.?

Cautious : I would guess the surgeon is being cautious to make sure that the neurologist agrees that surgery will help the problem. Stenosis of the spinal canal is different than neuroforaminal stenosis. Emg is usually normal in canal stenosis and is sometimes helpful in neuroforaminal stenosis. Just because you have something wrong on EMG and MRI doesn't mean surgery is the answer. Ask twice, cut once. ...Read more

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Is walking okay for spinal stenosis patients?

Is walking okay for spinal stenosis patients?

OK - but not enough: Walking is ok - (better than sitting around). Walking however does not really increase back muscle strength (no challenge to the muscles, you are not going to get a bigger biceps from walking either). To significantly strengthen the para-spinous muscles (thereby reducing strain on the spinal column), isometric exercises e.g. Swimming, bicycle, rowing machine, yoga) are preferred to just walking. ...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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Can sexual activities like ejaculation and orgasm cause worsening symptoms in patients with Spinal stenosis , Herniated disc , Bulging disc ?

Can sexual activities like ejaculation and orgasm cause worsening symptoms in patients with Spinal stenosis , Herniated disc , Bulging disc ?

Nothing permanent: Activity can affect these diseases but usually for the better. Exercise helps the problems but only a little. Bulging discs are rarely symptomatic so have at it. ...Read more

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What are the common complications of spinal stenosis?

Weakness: Spinal stenosis complications depend on the region of the stenosis. Weakness, numbness. Tingling, paralysis, incontinence of bowel and bladder are all known complications. Talk with your doctor about specific complications based on the location of your stenosis. ...Read more

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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


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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