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Stenosis of the Spine: How to Live with Spinal Stenosis

By Edited May 6, 2014 0 0

Stenosis of the spine, also known to be called as the "creeping paralysis", is one of the many degenerative diseases that are feared by many, especially those who are 50 years of age and older. Alongside the physiological pain that one has to be endured for the rest of one's lives, stenosis of the spine also carry the risk of forgetfulness and loss of balance, among others.

While one of the difficulties that one with spinal stenosis has to accept is that it would get worse over time. But even if it is one of the bitter pills that one has to accept, managing and controlling the effects of spinal stenosis is something that is doable. Here are some ways and tips on managing spinal stenosis:

Treatments and Medications

Most people diagnosed with stenosis of the spine had been effectively treated with a number of conservative measures such as nonsurgical treatments. But while most patients with spinal stenosis had been able to go through a combination of medications and alternative treatments, those who had to endure loss of bladder or bowel function requires immediate medical attention.

Most doctors primarily recommend going through non-surgical treatments for spinal stenosis for three months before resorting to surgery.

Physical therapy. Primarily recommended to help lessen the debilitating caused by this disease, doctors also recommend physical therapy to strengthen and aid in achieving flexibility in the spine.

Anti-inflammatory drugs. And, in particular, those that are categorized as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs. These medications that are available in both OTC drugs and those that are with prescription are basically administered to give immediate pain relief and reduce inflammation. While NSAIDs are available also available in OTC medications, it would be important for you to consult with your doctor on the amount that you can take on a daily basis as these drugs have serious implications when you go overboard. NSAIDs are known to have a "ceiling effect" - the amount of pain that it could control - which makes going beyond your recommended dosage ineffective. Monitoring the severity of pain and how your body would respond to these drugs are important in treating spinal stenosis.

Analgesics could provide effective treatment for pain caused by spinal stenosis. This basically includes basic pain relievers such as acetaminophen. Warning: combining alcohol with acetaminophen basically increases your risk of liver and kidney damage.

Chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine. While these are basically nonprescription supplements, it would be important for you to consult with your doctor before combining it with your spinal stenosis medications. If you had been advised to take warfarin, taking these supplements may interfere negatively and, therefore, become ineffective, in managing your condition.

Alternative Treatment for Stenosis of the Spine

The increasing number of those who are availing of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) had been dramatically increasing since the mainstream had integrated it in their treatment and recuperation process. While there are a number of CAM practitioners that offer cheap services, it would be of utmost importance that you ask your doctor to recommend a team of certified and accredited CAM professionals who could become part of your health care team.

Alternative treatments for spinal stenosis include aromatherapy, massage, and acupuncture.



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