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What is the main difference between peripheral neuropathy and spinal stenosis?

What is the main difference between peripheral neuropathy and spinal stenosis?

Several: Peripheral neuropathy tends start in the toes, moving up the limbs with worsening, and in a circumferential distribution. Spinal stenosis symptoms typically start at the back/buttock, radiates down the limb, in a band-like pattern(sciatica), and worsens with extension of the spine. ...Read more

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Dr. Olav Jaren
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Nerve Damage (Definition)

A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more


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Can you get at 50 years old have? Neuropathy? In spine and neck?, shoulder ? Can it come and go? Spinal stenosis ? What are the symptoms?

Can you get at 50 years old have?   Neuropathy? In spine and neck?, shoulder ? Can it come and go? Spinal stenosis ? What are the symptoms?

Yes, quite commonly: The older you get, you have more chances of spine issues in back and neck from degenerative changes to cause neuropathy of varying severity. Most of the times, symptoms do come and go based on degree of bony occlusion and pressure on nerves. Learning to live with these "growing pains" may help you avoid unnecessary surgeries. ...Read more

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Was diagnosed with spinal stenosis and p. Neuropathy 2 yrs ago. I feel so weak most of the time and my back is always in pain. I'm not on meds for it?

Was diagnosed with spinal stenosis and p. Neuropathy 2 yrs ago.  I feel so weak most of the time and my back is always in pain. I'm not on meds for it?

Depends...: Spinal stenosis of the lumbar spine can cause a condition called neurogenic claudication. The symptoms of this are difficulty walking long distances. The longer you walk the weaker and more painful your legs become. Flexing forward (ie: using a walker or shopping cart that you lean on) often helps relieve the symptoms. Surgical decompression of the stenotic area has been shown to be very effective ...Read more

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Diagnosed with 65% carotid stenosis right side, 50 left. Trouble after 4 days taking statins, with peripheral neuropathy. What can I do instead?

Diagnosed with 65% carotid stenosis right side, 50 left.  Trouble after 4 days taking statins, with peripheral neuropathy.  What can I do instead?

Several things: Statins are important to lower your risk but muscle complaints (not necessarily neuropathy) are common. Strategies to reduce side effects include trying other statins, decrease dose, or spreading out the dose. For example - taking a half dose twice per day. Some studies have support the use of a nutritional supplement call coenzyme q10 to reduce muscle related side effects. Work closely with md. ...Read more

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I Have spinal stenosis and neuropathy. Lots of numbness. Why do my legs and feet feel like they are in ice water at night? Walking is hard.

I Have spinal stenosis and neuropathy.  Lots of numbness.  Why do my legs and feet feel like they are in ice water at night?  Walking is hard.

1 of the symptoms-: -is painful when walking. The usual distance you were able to walk gets shorter as time goes by. You have to stop & rest more often. The coldness can be associated with it also. I am assuming you mean the lumbar spine. ...Read more

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Would spinal cord stimulation help block pain caused by peripheral neuropathy in the feet?

Would spinal cord stimulation help block pain caused by peripheral neuropathy in the feet?

Quite possibly: Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is used successfully in Neuropathic pain of peripheral nervous system origin. Neuropathic pain is a common healthcare problem with some patients who are refractory to standard treatment guidelines or burdened with the side effects of such treatments. SCS offers a clinical and cost-effective treatment at lower lifetime healthcare cost with better long-term outcomes. ...Read more

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Peripheral neuropathy symptoms in l4&l5 post l5&s1 spinal fusion. Is there any chance of these symptoms going away?

Peripheral neuropathy symptoms in l4&l5 post l5&s1 spinal fusion. Is there any chance of these symptoms going away?

Post lami syndrome: Depending on when you had your fusion, this may be post laminectomy syndrome. Scar tissue can form, causing pain in associated areas. Peripheral neuropathy does not follow a specific nerve root. That is radiculopathy. You can try medicines for neuropathic pain such as gabapentin. If you had a recent fusion (. ...Read more

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Have bilateral peripheral neuropathy, etiology unknown, ruled out diabetes and neuro found spiinal pulses ok; male age 60, onset 8 yrs. Options?

Have bilateral peripheral neuropathy, etiology unknown, ruled out diabetes and neuro found spiinal pulses ok;  male age 60, onset 8 yrs. Options?

Idiopathic: Many causes of neuropathy may not have a specific treatable cause. You may have a small fiber neuropathy that would need a biopsy for diagnosis. If there is pain involved then there are several meds that can help with symptoms. The best way to treat neuropathic symptoms us to treat the cause if the neuropathy. Makes it difficult if the cause cannot be determined. ...Read more

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What is the difference between peripheral neuropathy and neuralgia?

What is the difference between peripheral neuropathy and neuralgia?

Signs: Neuralgia is pain is the distribution of a nerve. Neuropathy is objective evidence of nerve dysfunction. For example, numbness or weakness atteibuted to a nerve. One can have a neuralgia without objective evidence of nerve dysfunction. One can have neuropathy without pain. ...Read more

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What the difference between peripheral neuropathy and spondylolisthesis?

What the difference between peripheral neuropathy and spondylolisthesis?

Completely different: Neuropathy refers to nerve irritation, while spondylolisthesis refers to the misalignment of two vertebrae when looking from the side. ...Read more

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Difference between autonomic neuropathy and peripheral neuropathy?

See below.: Peripheral neuropathy has to do with sensation or lack of sensation of peripheral nerves: often in feet, legs and hand. Autonomic neuropathy has affects the autonomic nervous systems which control involuntary body functions such as control of blood vessel size, sweating etc. ...Read more

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Can peripheral neuropathy cause bilateral tarlov cysts? Or vice versa, what's the difference between bilateral tarlov cysts and one-sided tarlov cysts?

Can peripheral neuropathy cause bilateral tarlov cysts? Or vice versa, what's the difference between bilateral tarlov cysts and one-sided tarlov cysts?

None of the above: Tarlov cysts are normally found incidentally on MRI studies. They are peri-neural cysts found adjacent to the spine, where nerve roots exit. They normally cause no symptoms. Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that may cause pain, numbness, or weakness. It is often due to high blood sugar. It affects the nerve itself, and rarely is a Tarlov cyst involved. ...Read more

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What is the difference between carpal tunnel and peripheral neuropathy?

What is the difference between carpal tunnel  and peripheral neuropathy?

Regions of numbness: Peripheral neuropathy and carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms are often different, primarily in where the symptoms occur. Carpal tunnel syndrome often affects the thumb, forefinger, and middle finger. Peripheral neuropathy ususally affects the hands, and when the area increases, the lower legs and sometimes the hands. The symptoms of these two may be the same, just not the affected areas. ...Read more

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What is the difference between peripheral neuropathic disease and peripheral neuropathy?

Disease / Condition: One refers to the disease entity causing the problem the other refers to the condition resulting from the disease. ...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

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