Can Spinal Stenosis Cause High Blood Pressure?

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Asked by Helga

Can Spinal Stenosis Cause High Blood Pressure?

I have had Cervical and Lumbar Stenosis for 8 years. L1 -2 level has mild central spinal canal stenosis, L2-3 has moderate degree central spinal canal stenosis as a result of bilateral facet and ligamentum flavum hypertrophy, and an asymmetric disc bulge, somewhat eccentric to the right. Ther is right foraminal disc herniation best seen on the sagittal fluid-sensitive sequence, with narrowing of the right L2-3 foramen and mass effect on the right L3 nerve root.

L3-4 has severe central spinal canal stenosis, the result of the combined effects of a diffuse posterior disc bulge and bilateral facet and ligamentum flavum hypertrophy etc.

L5-S1 has a mild central spinal canal stenosis etc. narrowing of the L5-S1 level and mass effect on the left S1 root. from MRI dated 10/10/08

Cervical - Stenosis found at C3-4, C4-5 (also fused), C5-6 and C6-7 stenoses far greater that at the left side seen worst at these levels. Central canal stenoses are also of moderate severity at these levels. from MRI Dated 1/3/06

With this type of Stenosis could it cause my blood pressure to spike for weeks at a time and then come back to normal. This has happened several times in the past years and nothing is ever found to be the cause.

It is my own idea to wonder if the blood pressure problems could be from the Stenosis

Answer

Hello Helga,

From my understanding, no direct cause and effect relationship between spinal stenosis and high blood pressure exists.

However, pain can cause an elevation in blood pressure. Intermittent intense pain caused by your spinal stenosis could elevate your blood pressure.

Regardless of the cause of your blood pressure, you should discuss treatment with your physician!

To your health,

Neil MD