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Spinal stenosis supplements

MarciabMMarciab Posts: 3
edited 01/09/2015 - 4:33 AM in Spinal Stenosis
I have had foraminal spinal stenosis for a number of years plus diabetic neuropathy, a double whammy. My diabetes is well controlled so I don't think my worsening of the neuropathy is due to the diabetes. For the past month, it has been getting so much worse. I am having falls and terrible balance issues and horrible cramping at night. I cannot seem to walk now unless holding onto something or someone. I have been resisting using a cane but it looks like I may have to. Have always been very independent and this condition is "killing" me. I am now afraid of even going out to shop for fear of falling. My feet feel like a ton of bricks and have absolutely no feeling in them whatsoever anymore. It has been hard for doctors to tell me whether it's from the diabetes or the spinal stenosis.

Do any of you take any supplements for this condition and do they help? I don't mean drugs but nutritional supplements. I was reading about Devil's claw, turmeric, MSM, white willow bark.

Also, would physical therapy help?

Any suggestions would be very much appreciated. Thank you all.

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It would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. Isolating spinal problems can almost be like the game of Clue. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong,
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--- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator : 01/09/15 11:33


  • This started about 15 years ago. No accident. I have seen orthopedic surgeon, neurologist, chiropractor. I have had chiropractic massage, laser therapy, acupuncture, epidural injections. Have had x-rays and several MRIs which showed a small growth on my spine but the neurologist said he wasn't too concerned, it seemed very slow growing. Just taking supplements, no medications. Was on Neurontin and Lyrica but the side effects were horrendous. No surgery discussed and I really would not consider it. Thank you for your advice.
  • Hi
    Is the falling a new symptom? How long have you had no feeling in your feet? I would want to be reassessed if this has gotten increasingly worse recently. That must be so hard to function when your feet feel that way.
    Tumeric and MSM have so many benefits I personally take them both, MSM for pain andTumeric as an anti-inflammatory but you need a very good quality and a high dose I find to see any benefits.
    Severe cervical DDD with severe neural foraminal narowing at C4,5,6,7 moderate central canal stenosis Spondylosis& impingement on C6 nerve root, moderate DDD thoracic High Signal T9 Lesion in vertebral body, posterolateral T8-9 disk protrution
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