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Can a soft mattress make my spinal stenosis worse?

Can a soft mattress make my  spinal stenosis worse?

No: No, however, lying on your stomach may increase the arch or sway or lordosis of your lower back that could aggravate your symptoms and if thereis advanced stenosis, lying flat on your back may also do the same. Most people sleep in a fetal position on either side for relief like bending over for relief opening up the stenosis. ...Read more

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What are the options if a spinal fusion doesn't take and worse symtoms appear?

What are the options if a spinal fusion doesn't take and worse symtoms appear?

Several : Depends on why it did not take, what the symptoms are, and what viable options are available . First, do you have any underlying metabolic issues, are you a smoker and was this not your first surgery as they all have a negative impact on healing. Sometimes, there are other options to control symptoms other than another fusion surgery. Discuss with your surgeon or get a second opinion. ...Read more

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I meant BUT he said something about an empty space? Not too sure. He said if nerves dont get worse not to worry. If get worse a spinal tap I gotta do.

I meant BUT he said something about an empty space? Not too sure. He said if nerves dont get worse not to worry. If get worse a spinal tap I gotta do.

Rephrase please: I have a feeling you believe that this FOLLOW UP remark/question is automatically going back to the person who originally answered the question.You've posted this to a general type of board. So, you'll need to start again & explain the situation OR locate the specific doctor you were having a conversation with & DIRECT this question to them through INBOX consultation so they can answer it. ...Read more

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I had continuous headaches that got worse and they did a spinal tap and it was gone. but now my headaches are back 2 years later. what do I have?

Headaches can be: caused by many different things and there is no reason to think that what was wrong two years ago is the same thing now. If your headaches are recurrent and severe you should see a health care provider for evaluation of your current problem. ...Read more

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Hi i was told i have two bulged discs spinal cord nerrowing in my back in November 2013 and now 2015 i am in constant pain do you think my back could have gotten worse?

Hi i was told i have two bulged discs spinal cord nerrowing in my back in November 2013 and now 2015 i am in constant pain do you think my back could have gotten worse?

Discs & Spinal Cord: Hello. You're young to be having bulging discs & especially spinal stenosis. Any trauma or family history of these? Were you treated in '13? What about currently? Get yourself evaluated to determine if repeat imaging studies are needed or if you can proceed directly with aggressive treatment of your constant back +/- leg pain. You can still have a high quality of life with these diagnoses. ...Read more

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If i had a spinal tumour or mets would the pain be getting worse or would it fluctuate?

If i had a spinal tumour or  mets would  the pain be getting worse or would it fluctuate?

That depends. : You ask a good question. I think it depends where the tumor or mets are located. With a spinal tumor i would anticipate worsening pain with growth, but initially it could fluctuate. Mets could cause both fluctuating and worsening pain, again depending on location. I would suggest seeing a local practioner if you are having pain or discomfort that are related to either if those things. ...Read more

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Which is worse, a C6 or C7 injury to the spinal cord?

Which is worse,  a C6 or C7 injury to the spinal cord?

Spinal cord injury: Generally the lower in the spinal cord the better the better c7 leaves you with wrist extension and the abilty to work a joy stick on a mototorized wheel chair c6 involvement implies loss of wrist extention control initial levels can change as swelling subsides. ...Read more

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What the difference from spinal stenosis and lateral recess stenosis ? And is one worse than the other? Thanxx

What the difference from spinal stenosis and lateral recess stenosis ? And is one worse than the other? Thanxx

Different symptoms: Lateral recess stenosis typically just affects a single nerve, causing varying degrees of pain, weakness, and/or numbness. Central canal stenosis usually affects the entire bundle of nerves in the canal at the affected level. This can include the symptoms above, as well as difficulty standing or walking, also known as neurogenic claudication. ...Read more

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I have on going pain on my right back side above my hip and in the middle between right side and spinal cord. The pain is gradually getting worse. ?

 I have on going pain on my right back side above my hip and in the middle between right side and spinal cord. The pain is gradually getting worse. ?

Needs examination: Without being able to examine the area you are describing or without the ability to do certain types of tests such as blood and urine it would be impossible to tell you exactly what's wrong based on the information you've given. Your problem could be musculoskeletal, renal, or neurological. Any of those could give you the symptoms you're describing. You need someone to physically see you. ...Read more

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Have spinal stim,l5s1 disc,works great.Got new pain in bed back to front hip, worse front. Standing eases pain to mild.Could this be a change in disc?

Have spinal stim,l5s1 disc,works great.Got new pain in bed back to front hip, worse front. Standing eases pain to mild.Could this be a change in disc?

Contact the surgeon: Even if the surgery was awhile ago, it is proper to contact them about this sort of thing. They might have an answer and they might have a solution. In any case it's a good place to start. I hope it clears up soon. ...Read more

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I am 20 years old had a spinal fusin of 2 levels about 3 months ago i'm in worse pain than before I have satic nerve damage what should I do for pain?

I am 20 years old had a spinal fusin of 2 levels about 3 months ago i'm in worse pain than before I have satic nerve damage what should I do for pain?

Spinal fusion: Wow you are really young - must have had a bad situation. If you have more pain now go and see a pain doctor - they can help you. Try to stay away from more surgery unless its absolutely necessary. May consider a spinal stimulator or epidural injections - latter done first. ...Read more

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My lumbar puncture(spinal tap) pain in head 10x worse than before?

My lumbar puncture(spinal tap) pain in head 10x worse than before?

Please let your : Doctor know. 32% of people develop headaches after lumbar punctures. ...Read more

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For 2 yrs, I have had symptoms including cervical spinal pain that has gradually gotten worse to weakened function of my vocal cords. Ideas on dx?

Urgent: If you are having a loss of voice you need an urgent evaluation. The nerves to the vocal cords are not direct connections from the spine so isolated dysfunction there is not likely to be due to a spine issue. ...Read more

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Can yoga help a compres spinal cord or a pich nerv or can make it worse by puting pressure on it. Ding yoga until i can get an MRI on my spinal cord?

Can yoga help a compres spinal cord or  a pich nerv or can make it worse by puting pressure on it. Ding yoga until i can get an MRI on my spinal cord?

Possibly: You need to see your physician to make the correct diagnosis. You will be examined and the decision will be about MRI or other imaging. Stop the Yoga until your physician clears it. ...Read more

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I had a spinal tap about 15 days ago. Then a blood patch 13 days ago. Since the patch, my symptoms have gotten worse. Headache, pain in neck.

See a Neurologist: Post spinal HA should not persisted that long and usually responded well with a patch. Make sure you are not dehydrated and drink>3 liters of water daily. Also try drinking coffee few times a day. You also should follow up with neurologist to rule out rare condition like slow meningeal leak or increase intracranial pressure. ...Read more

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12yrs ago, i had a full spinal fusion with 15 hooks and 2 rods, for scoliosis, over the years my back pain seems to be getting worse. What can I do?

Back pain: First of all you should not be afraid to see a back surgeon to make sure there's not a problem with the hardware. What you likely need is a physical therapy program to straighten the paraspinal muscles, abdominal muscles, and improve your posture. ...Read more