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Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal spaces. This exerts pressure on the nerves and vessels that pass through the spinal column. The common sites are the neck and the lower back and may be due to overgrowth of bone, wear and tear diseases, thickened ligaments, and spinal injury. It can be asymptomatic or may present as pain, tingling sensation, numbness, and muscle weakness. Treatment includes hot and cold packs, pain medications, decompression procedures, and simple physical therapies like riding a bicycle, water therapy, and gym workouts.

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Kindly suggest a remedy for my spinal stenosis and leg pain.

Query: Hello doctor,I have spinal stenosis from last five years. I took a lot of medicine but the problem remains same. Pain also includes my legs down, foot, hips and standing more than ten minutes cannot bear. Please tell me the only best solution.  Read Full »

Dr. Prakashkumar P Bhatt

Answer: Hello, Welcome to For spinal stenosis, a non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug like Ibuprofen or Paracetamol can be prescribed to relieve pain and inflammation. Physiotherapy is also beneficial. For neurological pain, Pregabalin can be prescribed. Reduce weight if obese through exercise an...  Read Full »

What does a posterior disc bulge indicate in my MRI?

Query: Hello doctor, Posterior disc bulge at L4 to L5 intending thecal sac, narrowing bilateral neural foraminae and mild abutting bilateral exiting nerve root.  Read Full »

Dr. Rohit Rajalbandi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I just went through your scans and read about your symptoms. I would like to tell you about the problem you are facing. As the age progresses the spine undergoes degeneration leading to narrowing of the canal leading to your problems. I would like to know what are your ...  Read Full »

Kindly interpret my MRI results and suggest a treatment.

Query: Hi doctor, My age is 27. I had back pain after lifting a patient seven days ago. After two days of this, back pain and tingling started in both my feet and arms. I took painkillers and Gabica. I am on the following medications, Gabica, Methycobal, and Myonal. I only had back pain, no leg pain but ti...  Read Full »

Dr. Chitrangada Jitendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. The disc protrusion at L5-S1 (lumbosacral joint) is causing nerve root compression and causing all the above symptoms that you mentioned. I also see a suspicious annular tear at the same level in the image you have attached (attachments are h...  Read Full »

What causes spinal stenosis to flare up?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother just had an x-ray, and the impression is mild narrowing of T1-T2, and T2-T3 disc spaces and straightening of the normal thoracic kyphosis is seen. The pain is on the upper right side of my back. The feeling is numb and sore. The first doctor referred her to an orthopedic and ga...  Read Full »

Dr. Manav Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The x-ray findings you have posted (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity) are consistent with a degenerative disc that is a normal phenomenon. So there is nothing to worry about. The straightening of the spine could mean weak, strained muscles which h...  Read Full »

Can MSM and bone broth be used for cervical stenosis?

Query: Hi doctor, I am taking Lyrica 25 mg and sometimes 50 mg for cervical stenosis. It seems that it will continue to get worse with nine to five desk work that I have started back. I tried it once and had a bit of headache and felt bad for a day. Is it not good to take during the workweek? How about MSM...  Read Full »

Dr. Anuj Gupta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to What is your job profile, and how much physical activity you have in your daily routine? MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) and bone broth are said to benefit in cases of generalized weakness in bones and ligaments. They are multi-vitamins and will not help your neck pain. It ...  Read Full »

What are the ways to manage back pain?

Query: Hi doctor, My brother has back pain. Lower back. He carried a heavy stuff and accidentally put his pressure at his back. Maybe it is a sprain or what.  Read Full »

Dr. Santosh Kumar Bashyal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Looking into the problem of your brother, I would like to discuss here and flashes the light on. There would be many things can happen, not only just sprain. 1. Muscle or ligament strain- Repeated heavy lifting or a sudden awkward movement can strain back muscles an...  Read Full »

I have back pain due to lumbar spinal stenosis. Should I get laminectomy?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had back pain for the last 12 years. I had an l5 s1 disc herniation and later diagnosed with severe lumbar spinal stenosis at l4 l5 as well. My back pain is more critical than the leg pain. However, I have persistent calf and foot spasms and cramping (especially in bed and at ni...  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You are quite aware of the condition and have managed to live with the issue, but as you say, you cannot walk not than a mile, but it does not seem to be your main issue. If you required to walk longer, then laminectomy will be the solution, but you need to get relie...  Read Full »

My MRI scan report shows stenosis of the spine. Is it alarming?

Query: Hello doctor, Three days back, I had an MRI scan of my brain and spine. The brain report was normal; however, the spine had some issues. The reports said I have two types of stenosis, canal and foraminal. The canal stenosis is mild to moderate involving C5 and C6, whereas the foraminal stenosis is s...  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen your reports (attachments removed to protect patient's identity), and your MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan shows severe foraminal stenosis at C 5/6 and left side of C 6/7. You do not have any cord changes, and it is borne by the fact that the central ...  Read Full »

Are signs and symptoms vital for surgical correction of cervical stenosis?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 51 years old. I have been diagnosed with very severe cervical stenosis. I currently have no neurological deficits or pain. However, I have intermittent light numbness and tingling to the head and neck. I am curious if I have more options. My imaging results are as follows: 1) Si...  Read Full »

Dr. Ghayur Abbas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to First of all, there is multi-level stenosis in radiology. And regarding the decision about surgery, we have to look at both radiology and patient clinical symptoms. At this moment, your radiology (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) shows a problem, bu...  Read Full »

What happens when your spine is fused together?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 71-years old, working part-time as a payroll specialist that makes me believe in a healthy lifestyle. I am faced with actual spinal surgery. When I spoke with the surgeon, they mentioned that part of my back had already begun fusion and is referred to as ankylosing spondylitis. I hav...  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The information that you provide is incomplete as there are two separate conditions that you mention. In ankylosing spondylosis, the spine fuses and becomes stiff, and further fusion is not recommended unless an Andersson lesion complicates matters. Spinal stenosis i...  Read Full »

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