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My sister has been diagnosed with Congenital Spinal Stenosis, what is the likelyhood of me having it?


I have all the symptoms that point to stenosis but I am still waiting for the MRI results. Plz could someone help?
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hope you feel better soon,your husband and son love you so much xxx  (+ info)

What is the average lifespan of someone with Aortic Stenosis?


I'm 19 and was born with congenital aortic stenosis the symptoms are just moderate/serious at the moment. I just wanted to know what is my average life span, say with out any medication or operations?
I'm not worried, I'm just interested.
Well I am sort of worried it gets me down because it's really painful. :P
I dunno life expectancy, whatever?
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Nobody thinks of untreated life span these days. Good treatment is available. Some do well with just medications, others with balloon valvotomy or valve replacements. Anyway, with modern treatment, life span of a person with congenital aortic stenosis is pretty long for you to stop worrrying!  (+ info)

where can I find a chat group for spinal stenosis?


I have tried to google this but I am looking for a group that someone has found to be helpful. Since being diagnosed with cervical spinal stenosis and cant get any help that doesnt consist of multiple needles and thousands of dollars, I have only benifited one of these pain blocks. I am hoping to get advice from people that have been through it.
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Try this site, they have information, blogs, and a message board/chat area regarding spine health, including specific sections for spinal stenosis.
http://www.spine-health.com/blog

Though, while others can share information, and their experiences, without your specific information, nobody can determine what course is best for you. This is why, while it is good to have all the information possible, you need to discuss these matters with your personal physicians. Without your diagnostic test, history and physical examination, any suggestions made online should be considered as only additional information, and not advice.  (+ info)

What color should i get for a discrete tattoo?


I am getting at tattoo on my wrist over the summer. It is just going to be one word on my wrist. I am a nursing student so it has to kind of be discrete, but i still want it to be seen. What would be the best color ink to use? I was debating on White ink but i have heard mixed reviews on that.
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you can get the writing in black and outlined in white would be super cute  (+ info)

What are the treatments for neuroforaminal stenosis?


I'm a 35 year old mother of 2 little kids. Been having lower back pain for a long long time. recently been found out that I have " five lumber type vertebra. Moderate discogenic changes L5-S1 causing Neuroforaminal stenosis."

Is there cure for such condition?

thanks,
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These are MRI results ... the first part, "five lumbar type vertebra" just means that the radiologist is verifying he scanned the correct area. The second part "moderate discogenic changes L5-S1 causing neuroforaminal stenosis", means that your spine has shifted along the way and the disc in between the 5th lumbar vertebra and the 1st sacral vertebra is pushing a little bit on the spinal canal.

How bad the stenosis is would determine the treatment for this condition. Your orthopedic surgeon should be able to look at the MRI and determine what your best course of action is. There are any number of treatments which can help, from injections to therapy to surgery.  (+ info)

Would the amount of disability due to spinal stenosis be different whether married or not?


I am looking into trying to get disability due to spinal stenosis and I am married (this may change.) Does the amount you receive differ whether your married or not?

Thanks
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no. it's based on you alone. now as far as tax purposes go (U.S.) part or all of you disability could be taxable depending on total household income. even with disability you can work up to about $900 a month w/o affecting your payments.  (+ info)

Do liquid glucosamine supplements like Flexicose and Synflex help with spinal stenosis?


I know they help with joint damage and repair, but doesn't spinal stenosis mean that it's bone spurs that pinch the nerves?
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Yes they do help with Spinal stenosis; go for the Hylauranic Acid too; and consider adding these:

a. Calcium (low dose only) with Vitamin D;

b. A green food for the Folate and Magnesium

c. Yoga

Go to www.algaecal.com; they have info on "bone spurs;

oh and PS the no. 1 Vit. for this is Vitamin B12!
(u get Vitamin B12 from Doctor or pharmacy; A.  (+ info)

Can you still work as an nurse's aide when you have spinal stenosis?


I have been a nurse's aides for years and I have been told that I have spinal stenosis. I am going to graduate for Database Design in one year, so I will not have to work as a nurse aide after that. Will I be able to work as a nurse aide for one more year without severe pain?
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I would guess that it depends on your present symptomology and current job demands. Some nurses aides end up just doing simple thing, yet others end up in physically demanding work.

I would also say the symptoms you are presently experiencing would determine you ability to continue at work. The present worker's compensation system recommends work as therapeutic, so as long as you are able to continue at work, you should do so.  (+ info)

What is the average life span if someone has Aortic Stenosis?


I'm 19 and was born with congenital aortic stenosis the symptoms are just moderate/serious at the moment. I just wanted to know what is my average life span, say with out any medication or operations?
I'm not worried, I'm just interested.
Well I am sort of worried it gets me down because it's really painful. :P
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Theres no such thing as average life span. There are lots of cases where people surpass them. Doctors are not always right. You can live as long as you dont give up.

You can get an aortic valve replacement. People 65 and older get that and still live so since your heart and body is young then you should have a long life.  (+ info)

Are there any homeopathic and/or physical therapy treatments for spinal stenosis?


My friend thinks she has spinal stenosis (it runs in her family.) However, she can't afford health insurance and doesn't know of any treatments for it. Is there any physical therapy she could do on her own? Maybe even a special diet? I will be surprised if anyone can answer this one!
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Although spinal stenosis does have to be confirmed on imaging studies, mere presense of "stenosis" does not imply that it correlates with one's symptoms.

When most people say "stenosis" they automatically think that it refers to a narrowing of the spinal canal or vertebral foraemen by boney obstruction which can cause pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots, respectively. Yet, the term stenosis can also refer to a narrowing due to disc protrusion or other lesion.
The former is irreversible, the later is very often reversible.

No matter what the imaging study shows, however, it needs to be correlated with a physical exam. This is because imaging studies...especially MRI, often show anomalies that exist in a pain-free population. In otherwords, if you x-ray or MRI 100 pain-free people, a certain percentage will show spinal stenosis, a disc protrusion etc. Therefore, we often prefer that patients come to us WITHOUT any imaging studies (unless there are any red flag signs that warrant it) before they are told they have an "incurable" or "degenerative" type of condition that may or may not be true and does nothing but upset the patient.

Only after a mechanical evaluation (seeing how the pain responds to movement/positioning) can it be determined if this is a "reversible" stenosis, or if boney obstruction does, indeed, appear to be the compelling factor.

I do recommend that your friend seek out physical therapy from a therapist who is credentialed in performing mechanical evaluations. It should be known within the first 1-3 visits if this can be helped with conservative methods. You can find a list of credentialed providers at: http://www.mckenziemdt.org
If reversible, she will be shown what exercises to do to correct it, prevent it, and monitor it.  (+ info)

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