Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

If your family doctor suspects that you have spinal stenosis, he or she may refer you to a doctor who specializes in disorders of the nervous system (neurologist). Depending on the severity of your symptoms, you might also be referred to a spinal surgeon.

What you can do

Before the appointment, you might want to prepare a list of answers to the following questions:

  • When did you first notice this problem?
  • Has it worsened with time?
  • Have your parents or siblings ever had similar symptoms?
  • Do you have other medical problems?
  • What medications or supplements do you take regularly?

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor may ask some of the following questions:

  • Do you have pain? Where is it?
  • Does any position ease the pain or worsen it?
  • Do you have any weakness, numbness or tingling?
  • Do you feel more clumsy lately?
  • Have you had any difficulty controlling your bowel or bladder?