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
20
Tried for
pain (17) spinal stenosis (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
pain (13) spinal stenosis (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
pain (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
pain (12) spinal stenosis (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Type
Other
How many have tried
11
Tried for
pain (10) anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
pain (10) spinal stenosis (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
pain (8) spinal stenosis (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
depressed mood (5) pain (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol/Tetrahydrocannabinol Balanced Mixture)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
pain (9) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
pain (7) spinal stenosis (2)

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 (7 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue blurry vision 5 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
pain (17) spinal stenosis (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (14 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog weight gain 20 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
pain (13) spinal stenosis (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
euphoria itching 2 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
pain (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (32 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation drowsiness 2 more
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
pain (12) spinal stenosis (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
agitation drowsiness 2 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
pain (10) anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic fatigue excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 2 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
pain (10) spinal stenosis (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
daytime sleepiness fatigue
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (8) spinal stenosis (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Meniere's disease
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
depressed mood (5) pain (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol/Tetrahydrocannabinol Balanced Mixture)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog headaches 1 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
pain (9) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation drowsiness 1 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
pain (7) spinal stenosis (2)
  • 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?

  • 4 new patients joined this month
  • 678 say spinal stenosis is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 15
30s 133
40s 469
50s 884
60s 798
70+ 380
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 53
20-29 years 131
30-39 years 300
40-49 years 385
50-59 years 268
60-69 years 75
70+ years 13

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 512
Female 2173

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1717
Not Diagnosed 12

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