Spinal Stenosis and Fatigue

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Spinal stenosis and fatigue are connected in a variety of ways.

A chronic pain condition of any kind can cause fatigue and spinal stenosis is no different. This fatigue may be due to the stress that persistent pain can induce, a result of pain medications or treatments, lack of sleep due to back pain or even a consequence of the pain itself.

Some 70-85% of the adult population is thought to suffer from low back pain during their lives, whether due to a chronic problem or an acute injury or illness. Spinal stenosis, pinched nerves and back pain or leg pain can cause tired legs and general fatigue, with serious ramifications for daily living. Continue reading “Spinal Stenosis and Fatigue” »

Common Causes of Low Back Pain

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Lumbar spinal stenosis is just one possible cause of low back pain.

When back pain strikes it is tempting to imagine the worst or remain in denial but common causes of back pain are not usually a fast-track to the operating theater and may be helped by simple lifestyle changes. Our daily lives are filled with triggers for back pain; uncomfortable commutes, unsuitable workplace set-ups, stress, heavy lifting, overuse of smart phones and other technology. Should lumbar spinal stenosis and low back pain arise consider some of the more common causes, make simple changes and, perhaps, remove any need for back surgery. Continue reading “Common Causes of Low Back Pain” »

Could Warfarin Cause Spinal Fractures and Back Pain?

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Osteoporosis, which may be precipitated by warfarin use, can cause spinal stenosis over time.

Those who suffer back pain as a result of osteoporotic fractures may wish to talk to their physician about changing medications if they are currently taking anticoagulants such as warfarin. As warfarin is a vitamin K antagonist and vitamin K is involved in bone metabolism it may be that warfarin predisposes patients to osteoporosis and the painful development of spinal fractures and spinal stenosis. Switching to a newer anticoagulant such as dabigatran or rivaroxaban may be preferable for some patients. Continue reading “Could Warfarin Cause Spinal Fractures and Back Pain?” »

New Back Pain Treatment Controversy

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Vertos Medical's Mild procedure is causing controversy in the world of spin research.

The field of spinal medicine might seem pretty boring but a recent clash between a back surgery device manufacturer and a doctor researching one of their products is turning into quite the drama.

Dr Daryl F. Fourney was the lead researcher in a clinical trial looking into a new procedure for back pain from lumbar spinal stenosis but the manufacturer, Vertos Medical, have charged Fourney with scientific misconduct after he revealed that many of the patients experienced severe back pain after the treatment. Fourney is now fighting to expose some of the drawbacks of clinical trial methodology, as well as to save his own reputation as a researcher. Continue reading “New Back Pain Treatment Controversy” »

Foraminal Stenosis Treatment Options

Foraminal stenosis treatmentWhen it comes to foraminal stenosis treatment, your age, overall health, and the severity of your condition will be factors that your doctor considers as he or she formulates a treatment plan. Foraminal stenosis, which is the narrowing of passageways (intervertebral foramina) through which nerve roots exit the spinal column, is a fairly common affliction and it’s important to have a solid understanding of the condition to ensure the most efficacious treatment.

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Spinal Stenosis Complications

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Untreated spinal stenosis can lead to serious complications such as paralysis.

Complications resulting from untreated spinal stenosis can be severe so, although many people develop spinal stenosis and remain asymptomatic, it is important to be watchful for early signs of pinched nerves or even spinal cord compression. Spotting early signs of stenosis can mean the difference between making subtle and painless postural adjustments and spending weeks or months recovering from back surgery. Continue reading “Spinal Stenosis Complications” »