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I have been diagnoised with three bulging discs in lower back, along with stenosis of spine, but the pain in my groin and pelvic area is getting as bad as my lower back, my dr. Recommends pt, should I request another mri, I had one a yr. Ago.?

I have been diagnoised with three bulging discs in lower back, along with stenosis of spine, but the pain in my groin and pelvic area is getting as bad as my lower back, my dr. Recommends pt, should I request another mri, I had one a yr. Ago.?

Repeat MRI: If your symptoms are new, you may need another mri. Disc protrusions may cause groin and hip pain. With that said, physical therapy is a good start and should be tried before jumping back in the magnet. Note: if pain is severe or you are having sensory symptoms or weakness, an MRI is indicated. ...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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Is surgery for a reasonable idea for an otherwise healthy 78 year-old man with a painful lower back caused by stenosis, arthritis & 3 bulging discs?

Yes: Healthy individuals usually have lower health risks. Spinal stenosis can cause some back pain but is usually noted for leg pain and weakness. The degenerative process which causes the stenosis is probably the cause for your back pain. Surgery is definitely an option at your age. There are different types of surgery which may be offered. See a neurosurgeon or ortho spine surgeon for options. ...Read more

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Do you know what spinal stenosis is in the lower back?

Do you know what spinal stenosis is in the lower back?

Not enough space...: Each bone in the spine has a space that contains the nerves. The space can get too narrow for the nerves to function normally. This is spinal stenosis. Most spinal stenosis is caused by degenerative disease: disc bulges, bone spurs from the facet joints, thickening of the ligaments. Symptoms can include leg pain, heaviness, tingling, etc, usually worse with standing or walking. ...Read more

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Ii have stenosis in mt c-spine , i also have severe pain in my lower back, is it more likely I have stenosis there to sine I have it in my neck?

Ii have stenosis in mt c-spine , i also have  severe pain in my lower back, is it more likely I have stenosis there to sine I have it in my neck?

About 20% of people: With lumbar spinal stenosis will have coexisting cervical spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of a bony canal structure such as the central spine canal or the exiting nerve holes known as neuroforamen which when severe enough by imaging studies will be deemed spinal stenosis. ...Read more

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I have a grade 1 spondylolisthesis l4/l5/s1 with stenosis. My pain would be described as burning and a feeling of heaviness in my lower back . ?

Common: Spondylolisthesis commonly causes back pain. Lumbar stenosis commonly causes leg pain, numbness especially with extended activity. Weight control and core muscle exercises are a first step. If these don't help, consultation with a neurosurgeon or orthopedic spine surgeon would be a reasonable next step. ...Read more

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I have spinal stenosis 2 disk in the neck and one lower back with it I have neck, shouler, arm pain especially when lift things?

I have spinal stenosis 2 disk in the neck and one lower back with it I have neck, shouler, arm pain especially when lift things?

See spine doc: The neck/arm/shoulder pain might be from pinched nerve. There are non-surgical and surgical treatments that can help if you're not getting better with time, physical therapy, etc. See a spine specialist who can talk about options. ...Read more

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Hi I have ruptured disc in the lower back l4-s1, lateral recess stenosis, facet authropathy . Please tell me options for the pain is unbearable?

Hi I have ruptured disc in the lower back l4-s1, lateral recess stenosis, facet authropathy .  Please tell me options for the pain is unbearable?

Discectomy vs. fusio: The simplest solution is to have the disk removed by a micro discectomy procedure. If you have a long history of back pain which predominates over leg pain you might consider fusion as an alternative. In my practice patients that have a history of back pain do better with fusion procedures. The priority for you should be reducing your dependence on narcotic medications as clearly outcomes seem to be worse if you're on high doses of those medications pre-surgicall. ...Read more

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Does lower back problems cause a feeling of constantly having to move your bowels? Background: lower discs ruptured, spondylosis, stenosis, sciatic

Does lower back problems cause a feeling of constantly having to move your bowels? Background: lower discs ruptured, spondylosis, stenosis, sciatic

Nerve irritation: So, the nerves that cause you to have bowel movements/expel urine are located in the lumbar spine (lower back). If you are having the feeling you constantly need to go, or become incontinent (can't control or feel that you are going), or have "saddle numbness, " you need to go to the er as that may indicate something that needs surgery. Good luck! ...Read more

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Please explain the significance of my recent MRI findings on my cervical spine. I have a history of spinal stenosis in the lower back. I recently had an MRI on my cervical spine showing significant to severe foraminal and thecal sac narrowing at multiple

About 20% of people: With lumbar spinal stenosis will have coexisting cervical spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of a bony canal structure such as the central spine canal or the exiting nerve holes known as neuroforamen which when severe enough by imaging studies will be deemed spinal stenosis. ...Read more

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Can Spinal Stenosis present itself as lower back pain without leg symptoms and still maintain pain relief by bending forward or sitting?

Can Spinal Stenosis present itself as lower back pain without leg symptoms and still maintain pain relief by bending forward or sitting?

You need evaluation: It is not clear this could be mechanical or inflammation. You can ask your physician to evaluate and/ you for both and if there is a clue of inflammatory back pain. ...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