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Could spinal stenosis affect the brain?

Could spinal stenosis affect the brain?

Not typically: Spinal stenosis is a narrowing or pinching if the nerve canal, it can usually affect things spine related, but not really brain related. ...Read more

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Brain Damage (Definition)

Anything that disrupts tissue integrity can cause brain damage: lack of or reduced oxygen (stroke), viamin deficiency, pressure (hydrocephalus, or, bleeding or tumor inside the skull), blunt or penetrating trauma; infection; inflammation (immune system mediated or otherwise); toxins (alcohol, ecstasy, lead, mercury, arsenic, to name but a few); diseases (ms, diabetes, ...Read more


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Can spinal stenosis cause permanent damage?

Can spinal stenosis cause permanent damage?

Yes: Left alone, you can develop weakness, pain and or numbness. Decompressive laminectomy (unroofing of the spinal canal) can help. ...Read more

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Could spinal stenosis cause sexual dysfunction?

Could spinal stenosis cause sexual dysfunction?

Possibly: If severe enough to cause compression of the lumbar nerve roots (specifically l2, 3, 4) this could cause difficulty with normal arousal reflexes, including erection. ...Read more

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Can spinal stenosis cause calf pains in the legs?

Can spinal stenosis cause calf pains in the legs?

Yes: Spinal stenosis typically manifests as leg pain mostly when walking. However, clogged blood vessels can cause the same symptom. To know the difference, you need to get an MRI and have a doctor examine the blood vessels of your legs. ...Read more

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Does cauda equina syndrome with spinal stenosis cause complete paralysis?

Does cauda equina syndrome with spinal stenosis cause complete paralysis?

Dont wait 2 find out: Cauda equina syndrome is loss of control of bowel and bladder and numbness where you sit, called 'saddle anesthesia'. It is considered a neurosurgical emergency. Go to the er. ...Read more

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My cervical spine has lots of problems like spinal stenosis.. Coukd that cause pain in the upper back on right? Pain present one year

My cervical spine has lots of problems like spinal stenosis..  Coukd that cause pain in the upper back on right? Pain present one year

Possibly: Upper back pain can be muscular, can be neck related, can be cervical spine related, or could even be from an internal issue (lung, etc). Try topical heat treatment, massage, hot shower, ben-gay and if not better, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Have pain in left groin &hip aggravated by sitting. Have spinal stenosis severe in L4'L5. Started 20 days ago after long car ride. Can back cause?

Have pain in left groin &hip aggravated by sitting.  Have spinal stenosis severe in L4'L5.  Started 20 days ago after long car ride.  Can back cause?

Yes: Yes sitting long periods of time can inflame a lumbar region that as severe spinal stenosis. The pain in your hip and groin can be from aggravated nerve roots. You can try McKenzie Back exercises. If it doesn't resolve, then seek medical evaluation. Back pain that causes numbness around rectum, foot immobility or bladder incontinence needs immediate attention. ...Read more

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Sign spinal stenosis at l4-l5. Small syn cyst right side l4-l5 no hern disc 14 wk out apptwill corrective action delay cause problems?Options i may ha

Sign spinal stenosis at l4-l5. Small syn cyst right side l4-l5 no hern disc 14 wk out apptwill corrective action delay cause problems?Options i may ha

Depends: If you are having weakness in leg related to this, and surgery might be considered, then it is better not to wait as fixing it after delay might mean permanent weakness, if this is pain and other symptoms like numbness you can tolerate or manage conservatively, then the delay is not likely going to threaten your functioning. ...Read more

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Can spinal stenosis cause sexual dysfuction?

Can spinal stenosis cause sexual dysfuction?

Yes: Any compromise of the spinal cord can affect the nerves responsible for erections. ...Read more

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Could a cervical spinal stenosis be caused by a fall?

Could a cervical spinal stenosis be caused by a fall?

No: Degenerative cervical spinal stenosis takes years to develop, usually not from an event such as a fall. That being said, a person with pre-existing spinal stenosis of cervical spine can sustain central cord syndrome/contusion from the fall, become very symptomatic. ...Read more

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Could it happen such that a cervical spinal stenosis be caused by a fall?

Could it happen such that a cervical spinal stenosis be caused by a fall?

Cervical stenosis: ...Hmm, only if it caused a severe sudden disc herniation or perhaps a fracture, otherwise stenosis is a process of gradual degeneration and not an acute disease. What can happen is that stenosis symptoms suddenly worsen due to alittle instability that occurred during the fall, and tight nerves were suddenly squeezed some more, and that gave you the symptoms... Good luck! ...Read more

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Can a herniated disc cause spinal stenosis?

Yes: Technically, spinal stenosis is defined as a narrowing of the nerve canal and a disc herniation can definitely cause narrowing of the canal. ...Read more

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Does spinal stenosis cause pain in the arms and shoulders?

Does spinal stenosis cause pain in the arms and shoulders?

Spinal stenosis: If it is lumbar and not cervical spinal stenosis pain in the upper body would be very uncommon, much more common in the legs and feet if it is lumbar stenosis. ...Read more

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Can a rearend car accident cause cervical spinal stenosis and hyperextention of the neck?

Can a rearend car accident cause cervical spinal stenosis and hyperextention of the neck?

yes : If the force of your motor vehicle accident was sufficient to displace an intervertebral disc in your cervical spine, this may cause stenosis. ...Read more

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Could advanced cervical spinal stenosis cause vagus nerve damage?

Could advanced cervical spinal stenosis cause vagus nerve damage?

Vagus nerve / spine: Spinal stenosis should not affect the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve is safely outside of the spinal canal. In spinal stenosis, it is the spinal canal that becomes narrowed. ...Read more

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Hi, can spinal stenosis cause pressure in the head and weakness in legs.?

Yes: If spinal stenosis is severe enough in the neck or cervical spine it can cause a condition known as myelopathy which can include these symptoms. Also, degenerative changes in neck can also contribute to some of these complaints. There is a 20% chance of co-existing stenosis in lumbar spine as well when it is found in neck. A double whammy! but so can other conditions so you see your physician! ...Read more

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85 yr fem-sharp intermit pain in both thighs, occurring after sitting or walking too long. Has spinal stenosis. On warfarin-3.75MG/day Possible cause?

85 yr fem-sharp intermit pain in both thighs, occurring after sitting or walking too long. Has spinal stenosis. On warfarin-3.75MG/day Possible cause?

Physical Exam Needed: This is a complex question. A physical exam is very helpful in a case like this. I wish I could be more helpful but I want to you get the right diagnosis. Please arrange for a physical exam with a doctor. ...Read more

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Can cervical spinal stenosis be caused by a fall?

Can cervical spinal stenosis be caused by a fall?

Yes: Congenital spinal stenosis means that the spinal canal has a narrow diameter because you're born that way. Cervical degenerative spine disease can also lead to stenosis. A fall can result in a herniation or slipped disc and result in spinal stenosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Spinal Stenosis (Definition)

A medical condition in which the openings where the nerves leave the spine are narrowed. As a result of the narrowed openings, nerves can get pinched off, leading to symptoms such as pain, ...Read more


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