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Can alcohol make spinal stenosis worse?
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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
No, alcohol can not make spinal stenosis worse.

In brief: No
No, alcohol can not make spinal stenosis worse.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Dr. Edward Hellman
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Dr. Craig Morton
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
In brief: No
Stenosis can lead to progessive lower extremity (legs) weakness and numbness.
Alcohol will not worsen stenosis, but chronic alcoholism can lead to a type of neuropathy that will worsen leg numbness and weakness.

In brief: No
Stenosis can lead to progessive lower extremity (legs) weakness and numbness.
Alcohol will not worsen stenosis, but chronic alcoholism can lead to a type of neuropathy that will worsen leg numbness and weakness.
Dr. Craig Morton
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Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care
In brief: No
Spinal stenosis is a chronic condition that involves progressive narrowing of the boney canal surrounding the spinal cord such that the nerves roots are pinched resulting in severe pain and numbness.
Drinking alcohol can suppress the brain but the alcohol does not have the same effect on peripheral nerves. Sometimes drinking alcohol is intended to decrease pain but it is generally ineffective.

In brief: No
Spinal stenosis is a chronic condition that involves progressive narrowing of the boney canal surrounding the spinal cord such that the nerves roots are pinched resulting in severe pain and numbness.
Drinking alcohol can suppress the brain but the alcohol does not have the same effect on peripheral nerves. Sometimes drinking alcohol is intended to decrease pain but it is generally ineffective.
Dr. Latisha Smith
Dr. Latisha Smith
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Dr. Henry Bloom
Family Medicine
In brief: No
Though alcohol is probably not a major factor, it is a toxin to the nervous system and impedes healing.

In brief: No
Though alcohol is probably not a major factor, it is a toxin to the nervous system and impedes healing.
Dr. Henry Bloom
Dr. Henry Bloom
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