Spinal Stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal. Caused by the aging process, spinal or disk injury and disease, or the breakdown of cartilage from arthritis, this condition affects many people over the age of 50 but is a very manageable affliction. The spine is made up of vertebrae, which protects the spinal cord. Between the vertebrae are shock-absorbing disks. When these have eroded nerves can get trapped or pinched, which make it extremely painful to move. There are many treatments for spinal stenosis, both medical and natural, to help live with the discomfort it may cause, or even eradicate it altogether.
To help deal with the pain of spinal stenosis, your doctor may prescribe some medication, and which one you take and how often depends on you and your condition. Anti-depressants or opioids are sometimes used to relieve chronic pain. A muscle relaxant can help muscle spasms that occur with this condition. Anti-Seizure drugs are used to help reduce pain caused by nerve damage, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, are used to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. These drugs are quite potent and cannot be bought over the counter at a pharmacy, without a prescription from your doctor.
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