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What is Multilevel Neural Foraminal Narrowing? Im currently taking oxcotin. Is that ok?

What is Multilevel Neural Foraminal Narrowing? Im currently taking oxcotin. Is that ok?

Spinal Nerve Exit: Narrowing of the space that your spinal nerves exit the spinal canal. See picture. At multiple levels ...Read more

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What is a foraminal disc/osteophyte complex?

What is a foraminal disc/osteophyte complex?

cause of pain: In the spine the nerve roots exit out thru a space in the bone called the neural foramen. The exiting nerve root can become compressed/pinched as the exit thru the foramen from a combination of factors to include hypertrophy of the adjacent facet joint (osteophyte), as well as herniation of the intervertebral disc material...Ie the disc/ostephyte complex. ...Read more

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What is anterior thecal sac impingement and left foraminal impingement?

What is anterior thecal sac impingement and left foraminal impingement?

Spinal cord/nerve: the thecal sac surrounds and protects the spinal coral. The foramen are small opening which the spinal nerves pass through. Impingemnet is pressing or narrowing of the opening pressing on the nerve. ...Read more

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I have severe bilateral foraminal stenosis. Any chance it can make me disabled?

I have severe bilateral foraminal stenosis. Any chance it can make me disabled?

Unlikely: Foraminal stenosis is a chronic condition that can be very painful and is often treated without surgery. Decompression with surgery can be helpful. It is not as disabling as severe canal stenosis. ...Read more

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What is spondylitic foraminal stenosis?

What is spondylitic foraminal stenosis?

See below.: Spondylitic foraminal stenosis means that the foramina is being obstructed by a bone spur.Foraminas are the bone formation between ttwo vertebraes, they form a circle like space that is used by the nerve roots when the leave the spinal cord to go to the extrmities.Stenosis is the word used to demostrate a narrowing or stricture of a passage. ...Read more

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Is foraminal stenosis the same thing as spinal stenosis?

Is foraminal stenosis the same thing as spinal stenosis?

Sort of...: Spinal stenosis means there is decreased space available for the spinal sac & spinal nerves. This can be due to pressure from bulging discs, arthritic joints, thickening of the spinal ligaments, tumors, congential problems, etc. Foraminal stenosis is decreased space available for one of the individual nerves around the area that it exits off the main spinal canal (known as the neural foramen). ...Read more

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Is severe left neural foraminal narrowing at c3-c4 dangerous?

Is severe left neural foraminal narrowing at c3-c4 dangerous?

It depends: Not really dangerous but is can cause nerve compression in that area and symptoms from that compression. Sometimes, however, it produces no symptoms. ...Read more

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What is Grade 1 Retrolisthesis of L5 on S1 with mild bilateral foraminal narrowing?

What is Grade 1 Retrolisthesis of L5 on S1 with mild bilateral foraminal narrowing?

XRay findings: This means that your L5 vertebral body has moved slightly backwards over S1. Grade 1 means it is mild. The foramina are holes in the vertebrae wear the nerves exit. They can become narrowed with arthritis, etc. "Mild" indicates that this should probably not be causing symptoms. ...Read more