"Spinal stenosis is a condition that generally develops in the later years of a person's life. Stenosis can occur in the lumbar spine, with symptoms manifesting as leg pain, tingling, weakness, or numbness. Stenosis can also occur in the cervical spine, with the main symptom being arm pain.
In lumbar spinal stenosis, the spinal nerve roots in the lower back are compressed, and often result in sciatic pain that travels down the leg. Cervical spinal stenosis is much more dangerous, as it is the spinal cord itself that is compressed. This can lead to major body weakness or even paralysis.
Because the symptoms of spinal stenosis change with different activities, a physical examination is generally not an effective form of diagnosis. Diagnosis of spinal stenosis often includes an MRI scan or CT scan with myelogram, and sometimes both.
Treatment options for spinal stenosis are typically non-surgical, including specific exercises, activity modification, epidural injections, or anti-inflammatory medications. When a patient wishes to do more activity with less pain, surgery may be necessary."
Source: Spinal Stenosis Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment on Spine-health.com
Enzymes and Glucosamine
[YEA] 09/14/2007: Bill from Chattanooga, Tennessee: "Reply to: SPINAL STENOSIS -- NEEDS REMEDY 9/13/2007: Desiree from Putnam Valley, New York writes: "Any suggestions for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis? The only info I am getting is drugs and surgery, I have been taking ACV and doing the "Oil Pulling" but I can't seem to alleviate the numbness in my feet and legs. Does anyone have any suggestions?"
Desiree, Having recently been told that I had degenerative arthritis that might require back surgery, my immediate mission was to avoid the surgery. And, I have so far done that. Without going into great detail, I began to research and finally decided to take two items in fairly heavy doses compared to the recommended dose on the labels. Enzymes and Glucosamine. Important! All supplements are not created equal!!I will be happy to share the exact product names and amounts with you, but cannot place them on this website. There are specific proteolytic enzymes that can be very helpful. There are also some simple exercises that can help relieve stress on the spinal joints."
EC: We wrote Bill asking to please send more information...
09/15/2007: Bill from Chattanooga, Tennessee replies: "Let me say that I have no connection with any supplement company or reseller. I purchase my supplements from a local health food store. The supplements that I use are these: Glucosamine Sulfate (crustacean shellfish) 1500 mg. Celadrin Fatty Acid Complex 1500 mg. (providing 780 mg of esterified fatty acids) MSM (methylsulfmethane) 200 mg. The serving size for the above is 4 caps and I took 6 caps AM and 6 caps PM (note, the three items above are in one capsule)
Proteolytic Enzymes Serving size 1 tab (all items below contained in one tab) Pancreatin 8X 100 mg. Papain 30,000 USP/mg 60 mg. Serratia peptidease 200,000 SPU/g 26 mg. Bromelain 1,200 SPU/g 25 mg. I began with 2 tabs 3X daily between meals (minimum 1 hour before or after). Then moved to 3 tabs, 3X daily, then to 4 tabs , 3X daily and would have gone to five but pain began to subside. Stayed at this level until pain was greatly diminished. Now I take (total) 4 glucosamine per day and about 6 proteolytic enzymes per day. As I go forward, I will probably further reduce the amount taken but will continue.
Additionally, I checked my ph level and used AVC and baking soda to maintain a 7.0 ph level. I am doing oil pulling but cannot at this time really give a qualified report on oil pulling. I also do the following exercises which can be found at www.egoscue.com/htdocs/Pains/painefree_back.asp
I do E-Cise 2 Static Back and a bit more which may not show up on the website. The exercises were important to recovery. Yes, when I first tried them, I probably turned a bit pale. However, with time they are amazingly helpful and become less "noticeable". If there is interest, I will give more details later.
A personal comment. I am thankful for doctors, medicine, supplements, natural remedies and of course EARTH CLINIC. Most importantly I am thankful for the Internet as without it... I would probably be at this time recovering from back surgery!"
09/27/2012: Faina from Buffalo Grove, Il, Us replies: "I was following this protocol with the great success for about a week. Thanks a lot! Pain greatly diminished, but walking is still very difficult. Would like to know how long do I need to stay on this protocol? I did not have to go to 4 enzymes table 3X a day. I am taking 3 tabets 3X, but would like to know when it is appropriate to lower the disage and for how long I should take smaller dosages."
12/30/2012: Lucy Bolton from Charleston, SC replies: "will you tell me please if you have continued to have relief from your pain. The site that you recommended for the excercises is not functioning. any further advice? thank you.
04/21/2013: Allen from Brooklyn, Ny, Us replies: "Hi, I have the same problem and I am looking for answers What is the name of this products and who is manufacturer? Thank you."
08/09/2013: Desertpunky from Socadesert replies: "I am lucky, I don't have much pain from my spinal stenosis. I have numbness on both sides of my knees and experiencing toe numbness, some burning and some pain. I would like to know if there is any help for me. Stenosis is calcification and if I took calcium, would the calcification stop as I believe it is caused from your body robbing calcium from your bones. Now they warn about too much calcium and your heart. I don't want surgery, but is there anything holistic that can 'break' the calcium up?"