Spinal Canal Stenosis

The spinal canal is formed within the vertebrae that contain the spinal cord. Spinal canal stenosis is the narrowing of the spaces
in the spinal cord. It can pressure the spinal cord and the nerves within the spinal cord. It is commonly due to age-related wear
and tears.

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Can balancing issue occur due to vestibular lesion or cervical myelopathy?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 45 year old male. My weight is 96 kg and height is 184 cm. I have severe sleep apnea and minor CAD with hypertension. I am facing problems of imbalance and lightheadedness. This started some six months back. Then, I was diagnosed with an uncompensated vestibular lesion. After a wh...  Read Full »


Dr. Berry Chirag Ashok

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From the information you gave me, it looks like your imbalance is due to a condition called cervical myelopathy. The examination findings of your spine specialist also correlate with your diagnosis. This happens when there is undue pressure or compression of the ...  Read Full »

How to move a person with cervical spine stenosis from a bed to a wheelchair?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother, who is 79 years old has a neurologist appointment in five days. She was recently diagnosed at the ER with spinal stenosis in the neck. However, I am very concerned that me moving her from the bed to the wheelchair is contributing to her daily decline and related symptoms. Her s...  Read Full »


Dr. Ambekar Sudheer

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Severe cervical spinal stenosis causing spinal cord compression is known to cause all the symptoms that you have described. However, if the worsening from being able to walk to not at all has happened after your ER visit, I suggest you go to the ER again. This is becau...  Read Full »

My X-ray shows that I have lumbar spondylosis. Do I need to do an MRI?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a pain in my back, and the local doctor says that L3 might have collapsed. I can walk and do day to day activities. My x-ray report says I have lumbar spondylosis. And osteophytes are seen with sclerosis in lumber vertebra and disc space reduced between L4 - L3. The doctor advised...  Read Full »


Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I do not have all the information here but will try and explain. From you description, you do not seem to have any leg symptoms, like sciatica like pain or lumbar canal stenosis. You also have not mentioned about any night symptoms, weight loss, appetite loss, fever,...  Read Full »

Why are my legs getting thinner?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a question regarding atrophy in my thigh. I have some herniated disks at L3/4, L4/5, and S1 and also spinal stenosis on those disks. The EMG only found problems on my left calf, but not on my thigh. Do you have any idea where this atrophy can result from? My left leg always has...  Read Full »


Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I would like to know some details about your symptoms: 1. Since when your symptoms started? Please tell sequentially. 2. Symptoms started with back pain? Or you noticed thinning of the left leg first? 3. Do you have any weakness in the left leg? If yes, what activ...  Read Full »

Does my CT scan show spinal stenosis?

Query: Hi doctor, I feel like there is an ice pick in my back at my T4 and T5 region. I had cervical disc replacement three months back for the C5 and C6 area. Do you see any canal stenosis in this CT scan? Is there a difference in the thickening of the ligamentum flavum and calcification of the ligamentu...  Read Full »


Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for writing to us. I hope you are not in much discomfort. Images (attachment removed to protect patient identity) shared are of the CT (computed tomography) cervical and upper thoracic spine from C1 to T4 vertebral levels. Answers to your questions are following....  Read Full »

Can you please interpret my mother's MRI findings?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother has been suffering from acute back pain and leg pain for the past one year. She is unable to stand or walk for a long time. She is 73 years old. Also, she has type 2 diabetes and high BP. Her MRI revealed a diffuse bulge of L4-L5 disc with ligamentum flavum hypertrophy causing ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sumit Chawla

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The following is a radiological report (MRI) of her intervertebral disc status. The above statement means that the disc has herniated from its normal confined limits and is pressing on the nerves leading to pain in the area of distribution of nerves, which in this case...  Read Full »

What is the abutment of nerve root?

Query: Hi doctor,I am just wondering what is abutting and abutment of the nerve root means in a back issue. Please explain. What treatment is required for annular bulging and tear?  Read Full »


Dr. J. Mariano Anto Bruno Mascarenhas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query with diligence and would like you to know that I am here to help you. Abutment of nerve root means that the disc is touching the nerve root. Treatment of disc bulge alone is mostly non-surgical means. If there is annular tear, then you will...  Read Full »

Is my back pain, a nerve problem?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having pain in my right side lower back only if I bend or try to wear my trouser. Also, it is there if I am standing and trying to raise my leg. Even while walking I feel little pain. If I lie in bed or stand straight, then there is no pain. What is the reason and what medicine ca...  Read Full »


Dr. Sumit Chawla

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. There are three possibilities for your pain. It could be one out of these three conditions or a combination of them. Intervertebral disc prolapse. Lumbar canal stenosis. Para vertebral muscle spasm or lower back strain or lumbago (low back pain). If the pain in the low...  Read Full »

I have pain in my neck and upper arm, with numbness and tingling in both arms. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have mucosal thickening with aerated secretions in the sphenoid sinuses with surrounding hyperostosis. The mucosal thickening in left maxillary sinus is greater than right maxillary sinus, with trace aerated secretions. Also, opacification of right mastoid air cells and right middle ear...  Read Full »


Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have sent me the verbatim report of the MRI of the cervical spine and the mastoids. This, however, is very little to help me as I do not know the exact symptoms you have. Do you have more problems with your mastoids or the neck? Do you have pain in the neck or does...  Read Full »

Can you look at my MRI and explain the reason for burning pain in feet?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had a problem with my feet now for four years. About four years ago, I had some burning pain in feet. I cannot stand for more than 15 minutes or the pain gets very bad. Four years ago, I also had really bad pain in my legs after standing all day. That has diminished and now I stil...  Read Full »


Dr. J. Mariano Anto Bruno Mascarenhas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I am sorry that you have had this pain for the past four years. From what you have written, I find that you have problem with feet for four years, burning pain on the bottom of feet and you cannot stand for more than 15 minutes. Your MRI report (attachment removed to p...  Read Full »

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