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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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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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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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Can alcohol make spinal stenosis worse?

Can alcohol make spinal stenosis worse?

No: Stenosis can lead to progessive lower extremity (legs) weakness and numbness. Alcohol will not worsen stenosis, but chronic alcoholism can lead to a type of neuropathy that will worsen leg numbness and weakness. ...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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