Is foraminal stenosis the same thing as spinal stenosis?

Sort of... Spinal stenosis means there is decreased space available for the spinal sac & spinal nerves. This can be due to pressure from bulging discs, arthritic joints, thickening of the spinal ligaments, tumors, congential problems, etc. Foraminal stenosis is decreased space available for one of the individual nerves around the area that it exits off the main spinal canal (known as the neural foramen).
In a way. Foraminal is one of the types of stenosis. Stenosis means narrowing foaraminal is specifically narrowing of th side holes of the spine where the nerves leave the canal spine spacing is important to foramina.L spinal stenosis is not specific where in the spine is narrowed.

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2010 had cervical mri: moderate to severe foraminal narrowing right side c4-5. In 2013, mri: slight narrowing, no bony spinal stenosis. What to do now?

Depends if symptoms. If you are not having any problems then you do nothing. There is not great correlation between signs and symptoms of and results of spine mris. This means many people with relatively minor findings on MRI can have lots of symptoms like pain, and many people with significant findings on mris have very few symptoms. If you are having problems you need to discuss the results with the ordering doc. Read more...

What are the long term outcomes of posterior cervical foramenectomy and ACDF For cervical RADICULOPATHY from foraminal/spinal stenosis C4 thru C7?

ACDF outcomes. Even a surgeon can not answer that question. Long term can be pain relief all the way to more pain. I would say if you haven't found a good interventional pain specialist to consult with prior do so now and see what other options there are besides surgery. This is if it is just for pain, if you are having any neurological deficits surgery might be your option. Read more...

Please explain. Spinal stenosis and neural foraminal stenosis, inferior cervical spine due to posteriordisc osteophyten complex formation, uncovertebral?

Stenosis is a term. Reflecting when the space available to spinal nerves or cord is too small- in this case due to bone spur &disc herniation combo like a large speed bump in the lower part of the neck going across the canal where the cord is extending into the neural foramen where the spinal nerves exit the canal . Uncovertebral refers to small joints that are arthritic in the neck contributing to the "speed bump.". Read more...
Cervical stenosis . This means that there are arthritic changes where there is compression due to disc bulging as well as osteophytes (bone spur) in the spinal canal (where spinal cord is) as well as the foramen (where nerve root is) in the lower cervical spine. What needs to be done depends on your symptoms. Hope this helps. Read more...
Cervical narrowing. Age appropriate changes of a settling cervical spine causing bone spurs and crowding of nerves in neck may cause arm pain and numbess in fingers small and ring with or without neck pain. Read more...

Please explain the significance of my recent MRI findings on my cervical spine. I have a history of spinal stenosis in the lower back. I recently had an MRI on my cervical spine showing significant to severe foraminal and thecal sac narrowing at multiple

It . It sounds like you have a similar process occurring in both your lumbar and cervical spine. Spinal (thecal sac) and foraminal stenosis (narrowing) can produce inflammation in the nerves. This could lead to pain in the neck, shoulder or arm. Many people have such narrowing and do not have symptoms; however some people will have significant symptoms which would also include numbness, weakness and tingling. You surgeon will evaluate you and try to determine if your symptoms are related to your MRI findings. Read more...
About 20% of people. With lumbar spinal stenosis will have coexisting cervical spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of a bony canal structure such as the central spine canal or the exiting nerve holes known as neuroforamen which when severe enough by imaging studies will be deemed spinal stenosis. Read more...

Can neural foraminal, and lumbar spinal stenosis, with ddd at l5-s1. And the stenosis is at l4-5, l5-s1, cause HIGH abn on CBC for WBC mono lymph gran?

Ummm.... Let me see if I can translate your post into English: You have bony and disc abnormalities in your lumbar spine and also some hematological abnormalities. Is that the correct rendering? The two have nothing to do with each other. Did you ask the question of your doctor? (I recommend that in future you have a native speaker of English check your question before you post it.) Read more...
Usually not related. Typically spinal changes on Lumbar MRI with abnormal blood test results are not related. However, there is an uncommon condition called discitis which is an infection of the disc. Typically there is a preceding surgery, trauma or infection elsewhere. Again this is not very common. I would speak to your internist to evaluate other causes of elevated CBC and keep the spine idea in the back of mind. Read more...

Havin to wait 6-8mos to see ortho dr, isgood? I have severe spinal stenosis and moderate to severe bilateral stenosis neural forminal stenosis at c5-c6

How to avoid waiting. Luckily in america, each of us is free to go see a doctor at any time, as long as the doctor will give us an appointment. Always buy good insurance (ppo or better) so one does not feel restricted. With good insurance, a patient should be able to refer herself to an ortho-spine doctor for an opinion. Otherwise, one can try to budget money each year for self-pay consultations, not using insurance. Read more...
Call around . First, call the doctor that you have been referred to and request to be put on their cancellation list in case someone with an earlier appointment cancels. Secondly, that is a particularly long wait for a common problem. You may be able to call other spine surgeons in your area and get an earlier appointment. Check out spine-health.Com and healthgrades.Com to learn more. Read more...