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Spinal Stenosis Surgery – Understanding Your Options

Spinal Stenosis SurgeryIf you’re one of the relatively few patients for whom elective spinal stenosis surgery becomes an option, it’s important to ask your physician about the surgical procedures that may be available to you. The specific procedure or procedures you ultimately choose to undergo will be highly dependent on your unique situation, but most procedures will focus on treating stenosis, or narrowing, in spinal passageways by enlarging the space within the spinal canal to decompress the spinal cord, or within an intervertebral foramen to decompress a nerve root. Continue reading “Spinal Stenosis Surgery – Understanding Your Options” »

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Sex, Back Pain and Spinal Stenosis

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Spinal stenosis and back pain can put a real cramp in your sex life.

Back pain can affect so many aspects of life that it is often not a priority to address problems of sex and spinal stenosis. Patients may, quite reasonably, concentrate on being able to return to work, carry out daily chores and play with the kids or grandkids but ignoring sexual difficulties connected to back pain can have a serious effect on the health of a relationship, as well as self-esteem and general happiness. Sexual dysfunction can also be a sign of worsening spinal stenosis and cauda equina syndrome which could mean that back surgery is necessary to reduce the risk of more severe neurological damage. Continue reading “Sex, Back Pain and Spinal Stenosis” »

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Men vs. Women on Pain: Do Women Really Suffer More?

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If women feel more pain than men, do they need different treatment?

A popular myth tells us that women have a higher pain tolerance than men, after all, women are the ones who can go through the ordeal of childbirth, menstruation-related pain and other gynaecological problems. However, a new study suggests that women report higher pain levels than men, which could have an effect on pain management programmes and the treatment of chronic conditions such as back pain from spinal stenosis. Focusing in pain reporting may do women a disservice, however, as the authors of this study do not appear to have accounted for earlier research indicating that women may actually feel more pain, not just report more. Continue reading “Men vs. Women on Pain: Do Women Really Suffer More?” »

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Chronic Pain Relief Improved by Resveratrol Alongside Morphine

resveratrol aids morphine effects reduces morphine tolerance for chronic back pain relief

Taking pain medications with wine is not advised but a resveratrol supplement may help avoid morphine tolerance.

Treating chronic back pain with morphine usually avoided as patients build a tolerance to the drug and are at risk of side-effects, addiction and overdose as dosage increases. New research suggests, however, that resveratrol may preserve the pain-relief benefit of morphine, allowing patients with spinal stenosis, or other cause of chronic pain, to continue using morphine effectively at a reduced dose. Continue reading “Chronic Pain Relief Improved by Resveratrol Alongside Morphine” »

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Pilates for Back Pain

Using pilates for back pain has become increasingly popular in recent years, with the fitness trend gaining quite the reputation as an effective rehabilitation regime. Beautifully toned celebrities often credit pilates for their physique but signing up to a local class or doing a workout at home may be inadvisable if you have spinal stenosis and back pain. Pushing your body too far, and too fast can have dire consequences so make sure you know how to use pilates for back pain safely and effectively. Continue reading “Pilates for Back Pain” »