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What Does It Mean To Have Advanced Spinal Stenosis
Was getting a nerve block today and dr and nurse were saying something was really small now I have spinal stenosis and was wondering what they meant?
Narrowing: Stenosis can be central, narrowing of the canal formed by the bony arch of the vertebrae that the spinal cord hangs in. Or it can be narrowing of the openings to the sides that the spinal nerves exit between the vertebrae. This can be caused by hypertrophy or thickening of the bony parts or the ligament along the back of the vertebral bodies or the discs pushing into the spaces or a combination. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pinched nerves: Depending on how severe the nerves are compressed, spinal stenosis just means narrowing of the spinal canal from any- and all causes. Some people have terrible symptoms when standing and walking due to bone spurs; other patients can tolerate it just fine; despite bigger spurs... A good ortho spine doc can look at the scans for you and determine the best course of action. ...Read more
My MRI showed lumber spinal stenosis. But what is prominence of anterior epidural veins at c3-4 & c4-5 mean? Thank you.
Might be nothing: Prominence of the epidural veins is a non specific finding. Sometimes it is prominent if you have an epidural space infection. Sometimes it can be from venous congestion. A careful review of your images by a neuroradiologist might shine more light into your condition - ask if the radiologist was a board (certificate of added qualification) certified neuroradiologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My MRI states that I have 2 bulging disc at L3-4 and L5-S1 and moderate spinal stenosis at L4-5 narrowing the thecal sac to 8.7 mm. What does it mean?
Non-specific: 24y female has reported unilateral sciatica 4 weeks post-delivery & MRI shows "spinal canal stenosis" L-4/5 & "disc bulges" lumbar regions. MRI report does not explain symptoms; disc bulges oft seen in asymptomatic people. More likely birthing injured pelvic sacroiliac joint, now hyper mobile & impinging presacral plexus. Was excessive trendelenberg posture forced while had epidural anesthesia? ...Read more
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