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

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Treatments taken by people with Spinal Stenosis

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

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
Pain (34) Spinal Stenosis (4)
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Treatment name(s)

(Naproxen 500)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
Spinal Stenosis (24) Pain (6)
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Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
Spinal Stenosis (22) Pain (6)
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Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
25
Tried for
Spinal Stenosis (24) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
Pain (21) Spinal Stenosis (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
Insomnia (17) Pain (10)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
Pain (17) Insomnia (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
Pain (16) Insomnia (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
Depressed mood (9) Anxious mood (2)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Percocet 5/325)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
Pain (14)

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

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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (16 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Bowel problems 13 more
How many evaluations
16
Tried for
Pain (34) Spinal Stenosis (4)
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Treatment name(s)

(Naproxen 500)
Perceived effectiveness
for Spinal Stenosis (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Stomach pain Abdominal pain 2 more
How many evaluations
14
Tried for
Spinal Stenosis (24) Pain (6)
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Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Spinal Stenosis (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Hypertension 1 more
How many evaluations
9
Tried for
Spinal Stenosis (22) Pain (6)
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Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for Spinal Stenosis (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Abdominal bloating Anxiety and frustration 5 more
How many evaluations
14
Tried for
Spinal Stenosis (24) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Hot and cold flashes 2 more
How many evaluations
13
Tried for
Pain (21) Spinal Stenosis (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (16 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Brain zaps 10 more
How many evaluations
18
Tried for
Insomnia (17) Pain (10)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 5 more
How many evaluations
10
Tried for
Pain (17) Insomnia (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Fatigue 15 more
How many evaluations
17
Tried for
Pain (16) Insomnia (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Bipolar manic episodes Drowsiness 5 more
How many evaluations
7
Tried for
Depressed mood (9) Anxious mood (2)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Percocet 5/325)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Abdominal bloating 6 more
How many evaluations
9
Tried for
Pain (14)

Data from patients with Spinal Stenosis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Spinal Stenosis on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 2
20s 21
30s 82
40s 288
50s 408
60s 265
70+ 96

Gender

Distribution of females vs. males

81% Females
19% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 33
20-29 years 70
30-39 years 163
40-49 years 218
50-59 years 151
60-69 years 39
70+ years 6

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 882
Not Diagnosed 7

These charts show data from Spinal Stenosis patients who have completed their condition history
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