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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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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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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Spinal Stenosis (Definition)

Spinal stenosis is medical condition in which openings where 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