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

You’ve tried
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
31
Tried for
Pain (28) Spinal Stenosis (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Tried for
Pain (23) Insomnia (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Tried for
Insomnia (19) Pain (14)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
23
Tried for
Spinal Stenosis (19) Pain (7)
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Treatment name(s)

(Naproxen 500)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
Spinal Stenosis (17) Pain (5)
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Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
Spinal Stenosis (22)
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Treatment name(s)

(Percocet 5/325)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
Pain (20) Spinal Stenosis (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
Pain (17) Insomnia (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
Pain (16) Spinal Stenosis (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
Pain (14) Spinal Stenosis (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

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (20 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Dizziness with nausea 7 more
How many evaluations
20
Tried for
Pain (28) Spinal Stenosis (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Chronic constipation Dizziness 4 more
How many evaluations
12
Tried for
Pain (23) Insomnia (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (21 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Weight gain 8 more
How many evaluations
23
Tried for
Insomnia (19) Pain (14)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Spinal Stenosis (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Stomach upset
How many evaluations
8
Tried for
Spinal Stenosis (19) Pain (7)
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Treatment name(s)

(Naproxen 500)
Perceived effectiveness
for Spinal Stenosis (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Stomach pain Abdominal pain 2 more
How many evaluations
11
Tried for
Spinal Stenosis (17) Pain (5)
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Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for Spinal Stenosis (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Abdominal bloating Anxiety and frustration 4 more
How many evaluations
10
Tried for
Spinal Stenosis (22)
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Treatment name(s)

(Percocet 5/325)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Brain fog 5 more
How many evaluations
15
Tried for
Pain (20) Spinal Stenosis (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) Dizziness 6 more
How many evaluations
16
Tried for
Pain (17) Insomnia (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Anxious mood 33 more
How many evaluations
19
Tried for
Pain (16) Spinal Stenosis (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Blackouts Heartburn
How many evaluations
7
Tried for
Pain (14) Spinal Stenosis (1)

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 1
20s 19
30s 106
40s 333
50s 506
60s 361
70+ 129

Sex

Distribution of sex

80% Female
20% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 41
20-29 years 97
30-39 years 220
40-49 years 272
50-59 years 188
60-69 years 55
70+ years 7

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,134
Not Diagnosed 6

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