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Doctor insights on: Mild To Moderate Central Canal Stenosis

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I have mild to moderate central canal stenosis in my neck. I also have C6 compression. Can this cause tingling all over body? (from head to toe)

CSM: Or cervical spondylotic myelopathy does not generally present with tingling all over the body. That have being said, there is no well-defined pattern of neurologic deficits in csm & patients present with varying signs and symptoms. A consultation with an internist, neurologist and neurosurgeon, brain MRI w/, and nerve studies are recommended. ...Read more

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Started 11/16 Mri results, surgery bound? Multilevel cervical spondylosis with a mild to moderate central spinal canal stenosis at C4-5 with multilevel variable foraminal stenoses, moderate on the left at C5-6 & C6-7. I have done PT, Chiro, 3 inj.

Started 11/16 Mri results, surgery bound? Multilevel cervical spondylosis with a mild to moderate central spinal canal stenosis at C4-5 with multilevel variable foraminal stenoses, moderate on the left at C5-6 & C6-7. I have done PT, Chiro, 3 inj.

Possibly: You are describing MRI findings, but really the key is to know the specific symptoms you are having and then pin point the source for them. For example, if it was felt that your pain was related to a facet joint, radio frequency ablation could still potentially be a good non surgical option for you. Discuss the specifics of your case with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can moderate central canal stenosis throughout the lumbar spine, moderate degrees of neural foram, stenosis at l4-5, l5-s1 cause gastroparesis please H?

Can moderate central canal stenosis throughout the lumbar spine, moderate degrees of neural foram, stenosis at l4-5, l5-s1 cause gastroparesis please H?

Not likely: Lumbar spinal stenosis can give rise to a condition called cauda equina syndrome. CES can give rise to bowel dysfunction but generally in the form of incontinence or constipation. This is a lower bowel problem and not a generalized condition such as gastroparesis (a condition that reduces the ability of the stomach to empty its contents). I hope this helps. ...Read more

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What is mild central canal stenosis?

What is mild central canal stenosis?

See below: Mild central canal stenosis is mild narrowing of the canal which contains the spinal cord. This canal is composed of different aspects of the vertebral bodies. Degenerative changes in the intervertebral discs or vertebral bodies themselves can cause narrowing of the canal. Mild stenosis is usually not symptomatic. ...Read more

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Hi. At T10/T11 there is a right posterolateral disc herniation w/mild central canal stenosis. What symptoms might this cause?

From none to pain: I am sure a lot of folks with this presentation may have no symptoms to mild back pain to more pronounced backache. Since it is the thoracic spine involved, usually there will be only back pain with no radiation. ...Read more

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If central canal stenosis at l4/l5 from respective MRI goes from mild to severe in 2.5 years what is the likely expectation in say another 1-2 years

If central canal stenosis at l4/l5 from respective MRI goes from mild to severe in 2.5 years what is the likely expectation in say another 1-2 years

Low lumbar stenosis: Can be caused by many things, such as disc extrusion (herniation) and spondylolysis (chronic fracture of the posterior bony elements). Disc extrusions can get better or worse, depending on circumstances. Spondylolisthesis typically progresses to a certain point and then stops, but by that point you will have nerve pinching symptoms. If you have MR on CD, I can review it at healthtap. Com/saurbornmd ...Read more

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What is partially calcified broad based disc protrusion measuring 4mm in ap dimension w/mild central canal stenosis and no significant neural forminal?

What is partially calcified broad based disc protrusion measuring 4mm in ap dimension w/mild central canal stenosis and no significant neural forminal?

Degenerated disk: This is the description of degenerative disk disease as dictated by a radiologist. This is a very common finding and rarely needs surgery. ...Read more

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What would cause cervical spondylosis, central canal stenosis, disc osteophyte complexes, mild cord impingement, cervical straightening in 43 y/o?

What would cause cervical spondylosis, central canal stenosis, disc osteophyte complexes, mild cord impingement, cervical straightening in 43 y/o?

Age: These are all common findings that can be found on cervical MRI in patients over 40. Usually related to aging and the natural degenerative process. Genetics and lifestyle also contribute to these changes. ...Read more

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C6-C7 Broad based disc osteophyte complex with a superimposed focal central disc protrusion causing canal stenosis measuring 8.5mm. There is complete obliteration of the anterior posterior thecal sac space. There is mild anterior deformity.

C6-C7 Broad based disc osteophyte complex with a superimposed focal central disc protrusion causing canal stenosis measuring 8.5mm. There is complete obliteration of the anterior posterior thecal sac space. There is mild anterior deformity.

Pinched nerve: This is another way to say that you have a "pinched nerve" in your neck. This can potentially cause neck pain, headaches, and/or pain that radiates into the arm. Don't hesitate to be seen as there are many good treatment options. ...Read more

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Does the following mean 2 pinch nerves? 1. degenerative disc disease at the C2-C3 level to result in mild to moderate spinal canal stenosis at this level. 2. Degenerate changes at the C5-C6 and C6-C7 levels resulting in mild to moderate spinal cana

Does the following mean 2 pinch nerves? 1. degenerative disc disease at the C2-C3 level to result in mild to moderate spinal canal stenosis at this level. 2. Degenerate changes at the C5-C6 and C6-C7 levels resulting in mild to moderate spinal cana

No but can't tell: Spinal canal stenosis can cause spinal cord compression. In order to know if a nerve is pinched in the cervical spine you want to know if there is lateral spinal canal stenosis ore more specifically foraminal stenosis. The foramen is where the nerve comes out of the spine and can be pinched. ...Read more

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What is the difference between spinal stenosis and central canal stenosis and which is more serious. How debilitating will it get already pain daily?

Interchangeable: Many radiologists use the terms interchangeably. In the mild range there is little correlation between imaging findings and symptoms with factors like fitness, overuse, posture, and muscle spasm have a large impact. Get strong, keep moving, work on posture! ...Read more

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Disc protrusion measures 15mm medial lateral 6mm an anteroposterior causes contact with ventral cord and central canal stenosis?

Depends: The herniation size is important. However the symptoms are what dictate the treatment. Stenosis can cause weakness, pain, cramps. Ect. When conservative measures fail to allow a person to return to the activities of daily living...It's time to consider speaking with a spinal surgeon. ...Read more

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How does central lumbar canal stenosis differ from spinal stenosis?

How does central lumbar canal stenosis differ from spinal stenosis?

Specific vs general: Spinal stenosis is not specific to region (cervical vs thoracic vs lumbar). Spinal stenosis of lumbar spine is lumbar spinal stenosis. Central stenosis means the dural sac is compressed. This is as opposed to foraminal or lateral stenosis which usually affects the nerve roots. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have had a neck pain for 5months MRI showed central canal stenosis what should I do my c spine xray and MRI reading are shown with the files?

No worries: Neck pain is not necessarily caused by central stenosis. Stenosis typically will cause symptoms into the arms/legs if significant. Otherwise, I would suggest that your neck pain is more likely related to usual muscle and joint aches/pains. Try treatments for usual neck aches. If pain persists, then seek medical opinion. ...Read more

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I have multilevel central canal stenosis as well as multilevel severe foraminal narrowing and disc extrusion surgery inevitable?

I have multilevel central canal stenosis as well as multilevel severe foraminal narrowing and disc extrusion surgery inevitable?

Most likely. My wife: -had similar & epidural steroids bought her some time, about 5 years, but later got worse & had surgery. My brother had it & waited until he had so much muscle weakness, that his result was not good (he=orthopedic surgeon also). Have confidence in the spine surgeon U choose, B sure fellowship trained. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about central lumbar canal stenosis/spinal stenosis?

Degenerative disc: When there is degeneration in the lumbar spine then the ligaments can hypertrophy (enlarge) along with the facet joints and cause narrowing in the spine called stenosis. If it is mainly in the center then it is called central stenosis. Also any significant central disc herniation can also cause central stenosis along with bone spurs. ...Read more

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L5 S1 Bilateral Facet Hypertrophy resulting in no significant central canal neuroforaminil stenosis. Been in pain for 10 months what can I do?

L5 S1 Bilateral Facet Hypertrophy resulting in no significant central canal neuroforaminil stenosis. Been in pain for 10 months what can I do?

Ouch!: You're young to have this, unless you're prior military or did a lot of weight-bearing. Get to your ideal body weight. Strengthen core muscles with physical therapy/Pilates. Try oral NSAIDs & consider short oral steroid burst. No opioids/narcotics - more a curse than blessing. Try a TENS unit, acupunture, tilt table, hot/cold packs & last resort facet joint steroid injections/blocks. Hang in there ...Read more

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Mri shows I have severe central canal & bilateral recess stenosis and forminal stenosis on both sides/disc protrusion what is best option for my pain?

Be Conservative: Conservative treatment is almost always the right first choice for back pain. This might include muscle relaxants like Robaxin, (methocarbamol) NSAIDs like Ibuprofen, and epidural or facet injections, depending on the type of pain. If these fail, then surgery might be helpful. The key then is to choose the right surgery for your specific condition and symptoms. A good neurosurgeon can help you with this. ...Read more

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I just got these MRI results on my back, can you explain in layman terms Impression 1. L3-L4 mild to canal stenosis with mild bilateral neural for?

I just got these MRI results on my back, can you explain in layman terms Impression 1. L3-L4 mild to canal stenosis with mild bilateral neural for?

Read on!: MRI changes in neck and back are almost universal and do not need any particular treatment The clinical picture is more important and if severe or progressive symptoms exist corresponding to significant changes in the Mri, and conservative management fails then something more dramatic such as injections of steroids (ESI) or surgical options may be necessary The canal width in neck and back m ...Read more

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MRI- "l/4-l-5 disc desiccation. Small central protrusion w/ tiny posterior annular tear. No canal stenosis or sig. Foraminal narrowing". What it mean?

Some pain: The disc is between two vertebrae, the spine. They act like shock absorbers. When they have a problem they bulge out of their space. It sounds like it sticks out and touches some nerves. The disc has a band around it. It may tear like yours did. The point where nerves leave the spinal cord, the exit foramen is ok. ...Read more

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My MRI says "spinal cord contact". Does it cause pain if an osteophyte or a disc touches the spinal cord with mild spinal canal stenosis? Thank you.

My MRI says "spinal cord contact". Does it cause pain if an osteophyte or a disc touches the spinal cord with mild spinal canal stenosis? Thank you.

Depends: An osteophyte touching the spine shouldn't cause pain. What we worry about is when an osteophyte or protruding disk actually compresses the spinal cord/canal which should be seen on the MRI. ...Read more

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Idiagnosed with central cervical canal stenosis and far lateral disc protrusion and a disc extrusion indenting cord. How serious is this. Arm pain?

Cervical Stenosis: This is serious and something you need to see a neurosurgeon about. Do not do any strenuous activity and be very careful of any falls as these may worsen your condition and cause paralysis. Good luck ...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