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can you have lumbosacral neuritis without herniated disk?

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Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
yes: The neuritis just refers to irritation of the spinal nerves, which can be from herniated disk, bone spur, post operative scar tissue, doctor caused trauma from a needle, tumor, infection, metabolic/endorcine (ie diabetic poly-radiculopathy) etc... http://www.medicinenet.com/radiculopathy/article.htm.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
A lot of terms: Neuritis/Radiculitis are synonyms suggesting sciatica pain but without significant exam findings. You can have tears in the disc causing chemical inflammation rather than mechanical irritation. Radiculopathy is a term for sciatica that causes, numbness, weakness and reflex changes on exam. Sciatica is term for all of the above but generally includes back and leg pain.

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Exactly where in the vertebral column is a lumbar puncture generally done?

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What can cause optic neuritis in a healthy 17 year old girl?

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What is the average complete recovery time for someone with traumatic optic neuritis?

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Does acupuncture alleviate pain from bulging disk?

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Thumbs up: Yes, acupuncture has been shown to help some people with back pain. Hope you feel better.

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