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
32
Tried for
pain (27) spinal stenosis (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
pain (25) spinal stenosis (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Tried for
pain (21) spinal stenosis (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
pain (19) 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)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
spinal stenosis (9) pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
pain (9) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
pain (11) spinal stenosis (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
spinal stenosis (11)
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 (19 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) fatigue 17 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
pain (27) spinal stenosis (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (29 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation dizziness 7 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
pain (25) 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 (21) spinal stenosis (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (16 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain brain fog 20 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
pain (19) spinal stenosis (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (10 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness brain fog 2 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
pain (14) spinal stenosis (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for spinal stenosis (4 evaluations)
Side effects
bruising dry mouth 2 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
spinal stenosis (9) pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (13 evaluations)
Side effects
bowel urgency dark colored urine 11 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
pain (9) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) drowsiness 1 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
pain (11) spinal stenosis (1)
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 (11)
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 18
30s 144
40s 471
50s 813
60s 636
70+ 275
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 53
20-29 years 126
30-39 years 284
40-49 years 365
50-59 years 251
60-69 years 72
70+ years 11

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 451
Female 1910

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1623
Not Diagnosed 10

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