Ease Stenosis Pain

Ease Stenosis Pain

Spinal stenosis causes pain by putting pressure on the spinal cord or nerves. You can help ease the pain through posture, rest, medications, or sometimes surgery. As your doctor suggests a treatment option, track your pain to see how it works.

Conditions: Back pain

Symptoms: Pain, weakness, stiffness, aching, burning, muscle pain when standing, pain with movement, leg pain, back pain, upper back pain, buttock numbness, foot pain, tingling

Triggers:

Treatments:

Categories:  Treatment

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Try the Spine Flex

Flexing your spine may help ease pain from spinal stenosis. Here are 2 ways to flex.

* Lean slightly forward from the waist while you walk.

* Lie on your back, with your knees drawn to the chest.

Both positions enlarge spaces in your spine and may help relieve pressure on the spinal cord or nerves.

Prompt: Posture fix?

CTA: Simple posture changes to ease pain.

Conditions: Back pain

Symptoms: Pain, weakness, stiffness, aching, burning, muscle pain when standing, pain with movement, leg pain,  lower back pain, upper back pain, buttock numbness, foot pain, tingling

Triggers: Exercising, heavy lifting, lying down, pushing or pulling repetitive motions, twisting, overdoing it, sitting too long, standing too long.

Treatments: Exercise, muscle strengthening, stretching, rest, improve posture, walking, range-of-motion exercises

Categories: Treatment

Stenosis Pain Meds

In some cases of spinal stenosis, inflammation can contribute to pressure on nerves. If that's the case, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs) may help. Consider trying over-the-counter anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen, aspirin, or naproxen. Check with your doctor first if you have any medical problems or take any other medicines to be sure there are no interactions. Track in your journal when you take them and assess how quickly and effectively they help your pain. Make sure you tell your doctor what you take and the dose so you both can look out for side effects. Never give aspirin to anyone under the age of 19, as it can cause Reye's syndrome.

Prompt:  Fed up with stenosis?

CTA:  Reduce inflammation.

Conditions: Back pain

Symptoms: Pain, weakness, stiffness, aching, burning, muscle pain when standing, pain with movement, leg pain,  lower back pain, upper back pain, buttock numbness, foot pain, tingling

Triggers: Exercising, heavy lifting, lying down, pushing or pulling repetitive motions, twisting, overdoing it, sitting too long, standing too long.

Treatments:  Aspirin,Advil, ibuprofen, Aleve, naproxen sodium, Bufferin, buffered aspirin, celecoxib, Celebrex, Mobic, meloxicam, Motrin, Naprosyn, naproxen, nabumetone, diclofenac, Anaprox, diflunisal, etodolac, indomethacin, Indocin, ketoprofen, oxaprozin, Daypro, piroxicam, Feldene, salsalate, sulindac,  tolmetin

Categories: Treatment

Stenosis Rest Plan

Sometimes resting for a limited time can help ease stenosis pain; however, resting too long may make pain worse. After resting, doctors suggest low-impact aerobic activity such as bicycling.

Prompt: Rest for stenosis.

CTA: Try limited rest to ease pain.

Conditions: Back pain

Symptoms: Pain, weakness, stiffness, aching, burning, muscle pain when standing, pain with movement, leg pain, lower back pain, upper back pain, buttock numbness, foot pain, tingling

Triggers: Exercising, heavy lifting, lying down, pushing or pulling repetitive motions, twisting, overdoing it, sitting too long, standing too long.

Treatments: Exercise, muscle strengthening, stretching, rest

Categories: Treatment

Stenosis Surgery

Surgery may help people when spinal stenosis is causing persistent pain despite other treatment, is causing nerve damage, or is disabling. Surgery is performed on involved areas of the spine. One common procedure, called decompressive laminectomy, helps enlarge the spinal canal to help relieve nerve pressure. Surgery helps reduce pain in many people, but some people get worse or stay the same. If you have severe spinal stenosis, ask your doctor if you should consider surgery.

Prompt: Stenosis surgery?

CTA: Check out surgery.

Conditions: Back pain

Symptoms: Pain, weakness, stiffness, aching, burning, muscle pain when standing, pain with movement, leg pain,  lower back pain, upper back pain, buttock numbness, foot pain, tingling

Triggers: Exercising, heavy lifting, lying down, pushing or pulling repetitive motions, twisting, overdoing it, sitting too long, standing too long.

Treatments: Spinal surgery, decompressive laminectomy

Categories: Treatment

Fracture Prevention

Try to prevent spinal compression fractures naturally. Ask your doctor if you should take calcium and vitamin D supplements. And if so, ask how much and how often. Do gentle weight-bearing exercises 2 or 3 times a week. If you have osteoporosis, you may need prescription bone-building meds such as bisphosphonates. Commonly prescribed bisphosphonates include Actonel and Atelvia (risedronate), Boniva (ibandronate), Binosto and Fosamax (alendronate). Other medicines are also available. Ask your doctor.

Prompt: Stop fractures?

CTA: Prevent spinal compression.

Conditions: Back pain

Symptoms: Pain, weakness, stiffness, aching, burning, muscle pain when standing, pain with movement, lower back pain, upper back pain, buttock numbness, foot pain, tingling

Triggers: Exercising, heavy lifting, lying down, pushing or pulling repetitive motions, twisting, overdoing it, sitting too long, standing too long.

Treatments: Calcium, vitamin D, Actonel, Atelvia, reisedronate, Boniva, ibandronate, Binosto, Fosamax, alendronate, zoledronic acid, Reclast

Categories: Treatment

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on January 23, 2019

Sources

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston: "Spine Program."

Emory University School of Medicine: "Lumbar Stenosis."

UpToDate: "Lumbar spinal stenosis: Pathophysiology, clinical features, and diagnosis." 

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