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Can diet affect my spinal stenosis?
18 doctors weighed in

Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery
11 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Dr. Edward Hellman
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Dr. Andrew Shiller
Yes diet can definitely affect your symptoms, despite what most doctors would say. Think "systems biology". The three main systems: 1. mechanical/structural and 2. biochemical and 3. mindbody aspects are all interrelated. For sure diet won't change the mechanical pressure on your nerve roots. But if your nerves are more irritable due to vitamin or mineral deficiency, or diet related inflammation, then your neurological function or irritability can be changed.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Getting obese can lead to increased lumbar degenerative changes leading to further narrowing of the spinal canal leading to increased degree of spinal stenosis.

In brief: Yes
Getting obese can lead to increased lumbar degenerative changes leading to further narrowing of the spinal canal leading to increased degree of spinal stenosis.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. Roger Frankel
Neurosurgery
In brief: No
Aside from keeping weight well controlled, diet should not play a major role in spinal stenosis.

In brief: No
Aside from keeping weight well controlled, diet should not play a major role in spinal stenosis.
Dr. Roger Frankel
Dr. Roger Frankel
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