Spinal epidural lipomatosis is a rather rare condition in which the spinal canal narrows and disrupts the surrounding nerves. Most commonly, the condition is caused by long-term use of exogenous steroids. In this article, we are going to discuss epidural lipomatosis – its causes and treatment options.
What is Epidural Lipomatosis?
Epidural lipomatosis is a rare condition that causes a narrowing of the spinal canal and compression of the nerves in the spine. Epidural lipomatosis is most common in patients with obesity, steroid overproduction, or those who have undergone extensive exogenous steroid therapy. Here are some of the common symptoms of epidural lipomatosis:
- Back pain
- Weakness in the lower extremities
- Bladder or bowel control issues
It is important to identify the condition as soon as possible in order to prevent serious nerve damage and other issues.
Treatment Options for Epidural Lipomatosis
Treating spinal epidural lipomatosis requires, first and foremost, an accurate diagnosis of the condition. In order to get an exact diagnosis, your doctor will likely order an MRI scan to get a better picture of what’s going on in the spine. Conservative treatment options can include weight loss and weaning off of steroids. If these treatment options fail to relieve pain, a minimally invasive laminectomy or decompression spine surgery may be the best course of treatment.
The pain management physicians at Advanced Spine & Pain Clinics of MN have been treating patients in Minnesota for the past two decades. Our pain specialists are skilled at treating all types of acute and chronic pain conditions with regenerative medicine, injection therapy, and pain medications. If you are experiencing symptoms of epidural lipomatosis, contact a Minnesota pain doctor today. Our clinic is located in Edina, but we treat patients throughout Minnesota. Call our pain clinic today to set up your appointment.