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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)

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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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.?

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?

Yes: For spinal stenosis patients, walking is ok but maybe more difficult. Neurogenic claudication (buttock and leg pain/weakness) from spinal stenosis is often positional. Symptoms are typically worse when standing because the spine is extended, resulting in slightly more stenosis. Exercises where the spine is flexed, such as biking, typically lessen symptoms and may be more comfortable. ...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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Follow up to previous question. Can severe pain after bm in patient with ankylosing spodylitis or spinal stenosis be warning for cauda equina syndrom?

Follow up to previous question. Can severe pain after bm in patient with ankylosing spodylitis  or spinal stenosis be warning for cauda equina syndrom?

No.: Numbness of your perineum (buttock and groin), urinary urgency (have to go to the wash room immediately), incontinence that is mild and comes and goes may be warning of caudal equina syndrome, not usually just severe pain after a bm. ...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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What are the common symptoms of spinal stenosis?

What are the common symptoms of spinal stenosis?

Positional sciatica: Symptomatic spinal stenosis usually presents as radiating pain down the sciatic region of one or both legs. Because of anatomic considerations, the sciatica is typically positional. Leg pain, numbess, and/or weakness predictably worsens after a short period with the spine extended (standing upright/walking) and improves with forward flexion of the spine (sitting/hunching forward/fetal position). ...Read more

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What's the most common problem from spinal stenosis?

Limit standing/walk: For the lumbar spinal stenosis, limited capacity to stand and/or walk.Due to pain, numbing, tingling &/or fatigue --for the cervical region, pain into the arms with numbing and/or tingling and/or weakness. ...Read more

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How common is spinal stenosis at 22 years old?

Spinal stenosis: At the age of 22 years spinal stenosis is quite uncommon, in fact somewhat rare. I would be concern about other causes such as a bone disorder that might have led to this finding. ...Read more

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Has anyone diagnosed "lateral recess spinal stenosis" in anyone under 25 yrs of age? How common is lrss in this age cohort?

Has anyone diagnosed "lateral recess spinal stenosis" in anyone under 25 yrs of age? How common is lrss in this age cohort?

Uncommon: Some people have congenitally narrow spinal canals. Lateral recess stenosis is typically a condition seen in older adults. A doctor who treats back pain regularly (physiatrist, orthopedist, neurologist) can tell you if this is even a significant finding. Many things are seen on MRI which may or may not be causes of pain or weakness. It isimportant to try to correlate the MRI with the symptoms. ...Read more

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I have cervical spinal stenosis and mylomalacia. Always after a few hrs of activity i get headaches and have to lay flat. Is this common.

I have cervical spinal stenosis and mylomalacia. Always after a few hrs of activity i get headaches and have to lay flat. Is this common.

Not really: Headaches are not common with myelomalacia but can happen. Lying flat to relieve them sounds more leak a spinal fluid headache. Make sure you dont have something else going on. ...Read more

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With spinal stenosis -- are leg weakness and leg tremors more common when it is cold?

Yes: Leg weakness & tremors are frequent symptoms of spinal stenosis. Cold also reduces strength of muscle contraction and also induces tremors. The combination of the two situations augment the responses. ...Read more

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Who treats spinal stenosis?

Pain physicians also: In addition to dr. Frankel's answer, also consider talking to an interventional pain/spine physician. They have other minimally invasive options to treat spinal stenosis, such as the mild procedure. ...Read more

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What can help spinal stenosis?

Depends: Surgery is typically a definitive treatment for the symptomatology, although, non-surgical management should be initiated first. Surgical Treatment for spinal stenosis usually consists of decompressive laminectomy (unroofing of the spinal canal) with or without fusion. ...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