Spinal stenosis

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What is spinal stenosis?

Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of areas in the lumbar (back) or cervical (neck) spine, which causes pressure on the spinal cord or one or more of the spinal nerves.

Common symptoms reported by people with spinal stenosis

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with spinal stenosis

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
25
Tried for
Pain (24) Insomnia (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Tried for
Pain (19) spinal stenosis (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Tried for
Pain (22) spinal stenosis (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Tried for
Pain (21) spinal stenosis (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
Pain (13) Insomnia (12)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
Pain (16) spinal stenosis (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
spinal stenosis (13) Pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Naprosyn)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
spinal stenosis (10) Pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
spinal stenosis (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
Insomnia (13) Anxious mood (1)
1 more

Data from patients with spinal stenosis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with spinal stenosis

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (26 evaluations)
Side effects
Chronic constipation Dizziness 7 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
Pain (24) Insomnia (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) Fatigue 15 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
Pain (19) spinal stenosis (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Sleepiness 3 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
Pain (22) spinal stenosis (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Brain fog 5 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
Pain (21) spinal stenosis (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Bowel urgency 14 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
Pain (13) Insomnia (12)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (19 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Anxious mood 30 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
Pain (16) spinal stenosis (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for spinal stenosis (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Bruise easily Dry mouth 1 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
spinal stenosis (13) Pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Naprosyn)
Perceived effectiveness
for spinal stenosis (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Stomach pain
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
spinal stenosis (10) Pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for spinal stenosis (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Abdominal bloating Drowsiness 3 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
spinal stenosis (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Acute hearing Body Tingling 2 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
Insomnia (13) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with spinal stenosis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has spinal stenosis on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 19
30s 114
40s 408
50s 668
60s 477
70+ 178
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 47
20-29 years 116
30-39 years 270
40-49 years 335
50-59 years 234
60-69 years 66
70+ years 8

Sex

Distribution of sex

81% Female
19% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,353
Not Diagnosed 7

These charts show data from spinal stenosis patients who have completed their condition history
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