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How serious is it to have spinal stenosis with degenerated disc?

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Dr. Thomas Byrnes
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

Can be very or not at all.
Depends on the degree of stenosis and whether it is central or at the opening where the nerves exit the spinal canal (called the neuroforamen.) after age 23 most of us have some degenerative disc on imaging. It doesn't predict your level of pain. If you take 100 forty year old americans with no back pain at all, at least 30 of them will have "bulging discs" on mri.

In brief: Depends

Can be very or not at all.
Depends on the degree of stenosis and whether it is central or at the opening where the nerves exit the spinal canal (called the neuroforamen.) after age 23 most of us have some degenerative disc on imaging. It doesn't predict your level of pain. If you take 100 forty year old americans with no back pain at all, at least 30 of them will have "bulging discs" on mri.
Dr. Thomas Byrnes
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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Varies

Some cases are very mild and cause little or no symptoms; some cases are very severe and can cause paralysis and loss of control of the bowel and bladder.

In brief: Varies

Some cases are very mild and cause little or no symptoms; some cases are very severe and can cause paralysis and loss of control of the bowel and bladder.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Dr. Edward Hellman
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: It isn't

These are almost always seen together as these are both age related diagnoses in the majority if people.
A degenerative disc poses no risk just potentially pain. Sometimes you can have stenosis on a congenital basis without any disc degeneration at a younger age. So, it is not any more serious to have both conditions then just stenosis.

In brief: It isn't

These are almost always seen together as these are both age related diagnoses in the majority if people.
A degenerative disc poses no risk just potentially pain. Sometimes you can have stenosis on a congenital basis without any disc degeneration at a younger age. So, it is not any more serious to have both conditions then just stenosis.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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