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
33
Tried for
pain (27) spinal stenosis (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
pain (26) spinal stenosis (1)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
pain (18) spinal stenosis (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
pain (18) spinal stenosis (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
anxious mood (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
anxious mood (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
spinal stenosis (9) pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
pain (11) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
spinal stenosis (13)

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 (17 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) fatigue 17 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
pain (27) spinal stenosis (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (29 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation dizziness 7 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
pain (26) spinal stenosis (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness increased insomnia 2 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
pain (22) spinal stenosis (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (15 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain brain fog 20 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
pain (18) spinal stenosis (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (13 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness brain fog 3 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
pain (18) spinal stenosis (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
daytime sleepiness fatigue 1 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
anxious mood (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (9 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness tiredness 3 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
anxious mood (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for spinal stenosis (4 evaluations)
Side effects
bruising dry mouth 1 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
spinal stenosis (9) pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (14 evaluations)
Side effects
bowel urgency dark colored urine 12 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
pain (11) depressed mood (2)
1 more
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 (13)
  • 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 20
30s 140
40s 476
50s 788
60s 596
70+ 237
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 52
20-29 years 120
30-39 years 280
40-49 years 352
50-59 years 248
60-69 years 67
70+ years 10

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 429
Female 1,830

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,573
Not Diagnosed 9

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