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, fatigue, pain, and stress) 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)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
Tried for
pain (30) spinal stenosis (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
25
Tried for
pain (23) spinal stenosis (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
pain (20) spinal stenosis (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
pain (18) spinal stenosis (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
pain (14) spinal stenosis (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol oil)
Type
Other
How many have tried
13
Tried for
pain (12) anxious mood (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
pain (12) spinal stenosis (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
pain (6) spinal stenosis (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol/Tetrahydrocannabinol Balanced Mixture)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
pain (11) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
depressed mood (11) anxious mood (1)

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)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (22 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) fatigue 17 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
pain (30) spinal stenosis (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (26 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation drowsiness 5 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
pain (23) spinal stenosis (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (18 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain brain fog 22 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
pain (20) spinal stenosis (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
increased insomnia itching 2 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
pain (18) spinal stenosis (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness brain fog 1 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
pain (14) spinal stenosis (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol oil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (10 evaluations)
Side effects
agitation drowsiness 2 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
pain (12) anxious mood (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) not clear headed next day
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (12) spinal stenosis (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
bruising indigestion
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
pain (6) spinal stenosis (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol/Tetrahydrocannabinol Balanced Mixture)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (14 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth effective antidepressant 2 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
pain (11) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (9 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
depressed mood (11) anxious mood (1)
  • 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 3
20s 17
30s 151
40s 471
50s 835
60s 660
70+ 294
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 53
20-29 years 126
30-39 years 292
40-49 years 373
50-59 years 254
60-69 years 73
70+ years 11

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 462
Female 1970

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1655
Not Diagnosed 10

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