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How to increase the size of the spinal canal?

Hey I'm 19 and suffering from DDD, bulging discs and some bad stenosis. I think the majority of my pain is from stenosis. My lumbar canals are 10 mm in diameter and thoracic is about 13-14. Is there any way to increase the mm? Like maybe if my bulging discs migrate back into place would this increase the size? What are my options?

Thanks in advance!


  • AJGormitAAJGormit Posts: 2,569
    edited 02/07/2017 - 1:07 AM
    Morning JayFit

    I cannot comment with medical knowledge, just from my experience.

    You may be correct in thinking your pain is from Stenosis, but I am not sure what your MRI report says in connection to that.  Dependant on when this problem started, may have some bearing on that.  If it is a new injury you could be suffering from injury related pain that may reduce in time.  It depends on the type of pain you are experiencing as well?

    From years of experience of DDD and herniations, some can resolve themselves to a level of commencing normal activity, but discs are never the same after they are damaged, so preservative care after damage is very very important to preserve that current state and not allow bad practice to injure this area again.

    I managed many previous situations of extreme pain and problems but it got to a point that my nerve was so badly crushed, I had no choice but the surgery route.  I dodged fusion surgery in 1995 but had years after that, of constantly trying to build correct stabilising muscles and suffering many flare ups.  Daily pain was normal for me and something I just had to deal with at times.  Single parenting does not allow for much time out to suffer!

    the advice I would give is listen to your doctor and don't take any short cuts ... they catch up with you later!  This forum has lots of information you can access to help understand your condition.  I found this useful over the years, as knowledge is power when it comes to back related pain.

    You can also search at the top of the page for items you cannot find and this will lead you to old threads of people experiences.

     I hope this helps and if you are able to provide more information about the lead up to your problem, medication, diagnosis etc, you may get more responses from people with similar issues.

    I have found Spine health website to be very helpful in all areas I have needed help with over the last few years, so you have found good support when you need it.



    L5/S1 herniation Apr 2013
    nerve root injections Oct 2013
    L5/S1 discectomy Jan 2014
    L5/S1 nerve roo &, facet joint injections & edpidural Jan 2015
    L5/S1 revised discectomy, L4/L5 discectomy & Wallis Inswing Stabilisation L4/L5 May 1st 2015
    L4-S1 TLIF with decompression June 2017
  • LizLiz Posts: 9,722
    edited 02/07/2017 - 2:59 AM
    you have made a new discussion asking the same so i am posting the link to your new discussion and closing this one



    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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