Spinal stenosis pain is one of the most dreaded of all consequences possible from symptomatic central neurological compression conditions. No one wants to be in agony and being that spinal stenosis symptoms are not easily treated or cured, many affected patients begin to lose hope of ever returning to a pain-free life.
However, before acquiescing to accepting chronic pain, or using any drastic treatment option, it is wise to learn all the facts about spinal stenosis and understand why the pain is there to begin with. After learning more, you might just find that your spinal stenosis condition may have been misdiagnosed all along. This is an unfortunate and very common scenario for many patients.
This resource section details how stenosis can cause pain and the types of symptoms usually created from different types of stenotic circumstances.
Types of Spinal Stenosis Pain
Here are many of the usual types of pain syndromes which may be caused or contributed to by a central spinal stenosis condition:
Acute spinal stenosis describes sudden onset and severe symptoms which may come about from a known or idiopathic source.
Chronic spinal stenosis is a long-term misery for any patient to endure. Chronic pain may be patterned or unpredictable in expression, duration and location.
Severe spinal stenosis can be debilitating and agonizing at the same time.
Spinal stenosis nerve pain can be sourced from foraminal stenosis issues, as well as central cord impingement.
Spinal stenosis back pain is the most common category of symptoms related to central canal narrowing.
Spinal stenosis lower back pain can be the direct result of lumbar spinal stenosis, although stenosis in the upper areas of the back and neck can also create lower back pain, making positive diagnosis complicated.
Spinal stenosis neck pain can be a hellish expression of cervical spinal stenosis.
Spinal stenosis upper back pain is less common to experience than neck pain or lower back pain, and is often related to a stenosis condition at the cervicothoracic juncture.
Spinal stenosis middle back pain may be due to thoracic spinal stenosis or also can be sourced by a stenosis condition in the neck.
Spinal stenosis leg pain can result from spinal cord impingement anywhere in the spine, but is most often linked to spinal stenosis in the lower back.
Variations of Spinal Stenosis Pain
There are no absolutes when it comes to what kind of pain a person with central canal stenosis can expect. In fact, most mild to moderate cases of spinal stenosis will not cause any pain whatsoever, nor will these circumstances typically enact scary neurological symptoms. Remember that the physical changes associated with central stenosis are normal parts of the aging process and are not inherently painful in mild to moderate cases.
For truly symptomatic versions of stenosis, the pain can reflect any or all of the following attributes:
Pain may be sharp and biting in focused areas of the anatomy.
Pain may be dull, generalized and widespread.
Pain may feel like a burning sensation.
Pain may be static or may come and go.
Pain may be of variable intensity or may feel the same all the time.
Pain may occur with or without related neurological effects, such as tingling, numbness or weakness.
Spinal Stenosis Pain Assistance
I hate feeling pain and I am sure you do, as well. While the concept of pain was designed to protect our bodies from harm, the modern epidemic of chronic suffering demonstrates just how awful this evolutionary development really is.
Many people who are diagnosed with spinal stenosis certainly have the physical anatomical changes inherent to the condition, but not to the extent to which they would be suffering from the stenosis itself. In these cases, misdiagnosis is likely, sending the patient on some wild goose chase for treatment which will inevitably fail.
In other cases, the diagnosis is perfect and correct, but the pain is not easily resolved, despite indicated treatment.