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I'm 44 yo and we are thinking having another baby. I just found out from my doctor that I have severe lumbar spinal stenosis. Can we still try to have?

I'm 44 yo and we are thinking having another baby. I just found out from my doctor that I have severe lumbar spinal stenosis. Can we still try to have?

Yes: The stenosis can cause you back pain, but would not preclude you from having a baby. Of course, when pregnant, the extra weight and strain on your back, may possibly irritate your back, etc. Best wishes. ...Read more

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


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What is spinal stenosis?

What is spinal stenosis?

Pressure on cord: Imagine an hour glass with wide base and narrow center. Now consider that the spinal cord rests in a wide canal with ample room. But bulging discs, bony overgrowth and thicker ligaments can fill the canal, causing pressure on this sensitive structure and its connecting nerve roots, and leading to painful conditions
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What is spinal stenosis?

What is spinal stenosis?

Spinal narrowing: Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal (which contains the spinal cord and nerves) caused by enlargement of the surrounding ligaments and bones. This enlargement creates pressure on the nerves and/or spinal cord and their blood supply resulting usually in back and/or leg pain, especially when the patient is walking upright. The condition usually occurs in older people. ...Read more

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What causes spinal stenosis?

What causes spinal stenosis?

Several things: Spinal stenosis can be congenital but is also acquired with aging, or trauma, by either arthritis, herniated discs or even vertebral collapse as people age, which can result in vertebra slipping across each other which can cause stenosis too. It is important to see a neurosurgeon for evaluation, or a orthopedist who specializes in the spine, for full evaluation and treatment, surgery is an option. ...Read more

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What causes spinal stenosis?

Born with or develop: Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal leading to compression of nerve tissue. You can be born with it or you can develop it with age related or degenerative changes or acquire it through deformities/instabilities or with disc herniations, synovial cysts or after some spine fractures. ...Read more

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Is spinal stenosis inherited?

Is spinal stenosis inherited?

Not really: Spinal stenosis can be caused by many things. But as long as the canal is narrowed, by a variety of things, we call it stenosis. Congenital stenosis means you were born with a narrow canal. Other common causes of stenosis would be arthritis that causes bone and tissue to occupy the canal and make it narrow. Other less common forms of stenosis would tumor and infection. ...Read more

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What is spinal stenosis like?

Narrowing: Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the nerve canal, it can affect any part of the spine. Patients with spinal stenosis in the low back may start to lean forward when they walk, you will sometimes see them at the store leaning on to a grocery cart. There are good treatment options available. ...Read more

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Spinal stenosis pain feels like what?

Spinal stenosis pain feels like what?

Depends: This depends on the location and severity of the stenosis. If the stenosis is located at the central canal of the lumbar spine, this generally leads to leg pain when walking. Central canal stenosis of the cervical spine quite often does not cause pain. Nerve root canal stenosis is different from central canal stenosis and causes pain in the arm or leg (depending upon the location). ...Read more

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What is spinal stenosis and how is treated?

Narrowing of spine: Stenosis means narrowing. Spinal stenosis can be a symptomatic or cause compression of the spinal cord or nerves. If symptoms significant surgical decompression of the appropriate levels may be needed. If symptoms and signs not major exercises, epidural blocks and some medications help. Avoid narcotics. ...Read more

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Can diet affect my spinal stenosis?

Can diet affect my spinal stenosis?

Not really: Diet can affect a lot of things, but once you already have stenosis, diet has little or no effect with the exception that carrying extra body weight can certainly make it more symptomatic. ...Read more

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How should I treat back spinal stenosis?

How should I treat back spinal stenosis?

Decompression: Spinal stenosis only matters if it is severe enough to compress the spinal cord or nerve roots. If there is no spinal cord or nerve root compression, then the stenosis is irrelevant. There are open and minimally invasive ways to decompress the spinal canal. Be sure to go to someone like me who is trained and experienced in every spinal procedure for stenosis, not just a subset of them. ...Read more

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Can heat help with spinal stenosis pain?

Can heat help with spinal stenosis pain?

Maybe if muscles hur: Work with a good physical therapist. Find musculoskeletal acupuncture such as trigger points (don't need injections, just 'dry needling'). A good hands-on osteopathic physician who does omt (omm) is key for maintaining function in a chronic situation. Finally since this is really arthritis in the spine, and has an inflammatory component, eat an anti-inflammatory diet and herbs (find online). ...Read more

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Can congenital spinal stenosis be fixed?

Yes: Congenital stenosis may not cause any symptoms, may respond it terms of symptom relief to epidural steroids and can only be structurally fixed by surgery, typically laminectomy. ...Read more

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Does only surgery help ls spinal stenosis?

No: No, there are many good non operative treatments available. Don't hesitate to be seen. ...Read more

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I have spinal stenosis and ddd pain. Help!?

I have spinal stenosis and ddd pain. Help!?

Depends: Depends on how severe the stenosis is. If moderate to severe, and you have failed conservative treatments such as pain management and physical therapy, you may want to discuss your options with a spine surgeon. ...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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What's a decompression for spinal stenosis?

Surgery: Spinal stenosis is when the spinal canal is too narrow for the nerve elements. This can be a congenital or acquired in origin. When surgery is indicated, one of the mosf common is a laminectomy which is a removal of the "roof" of the spine freeing up or decompressing the nerve tissues, a decompression. ...Read more

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What to do about surgery for spinal stenosis?

What to do about surgery for spinal stenosis?

Spine surgery: This is a surgery performed by spine surgeons that helps relieve the pressure on the spine depending on the level of the stenosis the symptoms will be different because different nerves come off at different levels of the spinal cord. Therefore, the best is to be evaluated by a spine surgeon who can go into more detail about the severity and intervention required. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of back spinal stenosis?

What are the symptoms of back spinal stenosis?

Many: Bachache, root pain baladder and bowl symptoms and sensory symptoms. Typically symptom are worsened after physical activity. ...Read more

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Is it better to heat or ice spinal stenosis pain?

Tough diagnosis: Work with a good physical therapist. Find musculoskeletal acupuncture such as trigger points (don't need injections, just 'dry needling'). A good hands-on osteopathic physician who does omt (omm) is key for maintaining function in a chronic situation. Finally since this is really arthritis in the spine, and has an inflammatory component, eat an anti-inflammatory diet and herbs (find online). ...Read more

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Is surgery recommended for severe spinal stenosis?

Is surgery recommended for severe spinal stenosis?

Last Resort: Yes, surgery is recommended after you fail conservative non-surgical treatments -- including nsaids, pt, epidural injections. If you continue to have persisting symptoms, then surgery could offer some great symptomatic relief of your extremity symptoms. Consult a spine surgeon.

Also surgery if you start experiencing progressive neurological deficit, or changes in your bowel or bladder function. ...Read more

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Could spinal stenosis be mistaken for fibromyalgia?

Spinal Stenosis: Depending on where the spinal stenosis was would determine if it could be confused with fibromyalgia. If it were lumbar, the answer would be "no" due to the pain being only in the lower body. If it were cervical, the answer could be "maybe". The work up for fibromyalgia would discover multiple underlying other disorders contributing to the disease. Have a knowledgeable specialist evaluate. ...Read more

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What kinds of surgery are used for spinal stenosis?  

What kinds of surgery are used for spinal stenosis?  

Variety: A variety based upon the specifics of the case. Most surgeries can be categorized as either doing an indirect decompression of the spinal canal, or doing a direct decompression, or found a decompression and fusion. Don't hesitate to discuss the specifics of your case with a specialist. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have congenital spinal stenosis?

Small spinal canal: The size of spinal canal varies person to person born with a small spinal canal I use this term when I see liitle room for nerves but no obvious single impinging structure also called short pedicle syndrome very arbitrary. ...Read more

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What are different ways to treat back spinal stenosis?

Injections surgery: Traction surgery is quite effectivewith low complication ratr for cental canal stenosis foraminal stenosis is trickier to treat. ...Read more

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I walk a lot; is this bad if you have spinal stenosis?

No: Walking with spinal stenosis can cause pain, but nit is important to continue with regular exercise. Once the symptoms interfere with acceptable levels of activity and diminish quality of life because of pain, you may need to explore surgical options. ...Read more

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Do you know what spinal stenosis is in the lower back?

Not enough space...: Each bone in the spine has a space that contains the nerves. The space can get too narrow for the nerves to function normally. This is spinal stenosis. Most spinal stenosis is caused by degenerative disease: disc bulges, bone spurs from the facet joints, thickening of the ligaments. Symptoms can include leg pain, heaviness, tingling, etc, usually worse with standing or walking. ...Read more

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What are the signs of cuada equina and spinal stenosis?

Pain: Usually severe pain, numbness, loss of bowel or bladder control. ...Read more

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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

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


Dr. Ronald Krauser
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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