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A 38-year-old member asked:

how do you treat lumbar radiculopathy?

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Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 36 years experience
Spinal nerve block: A lumber spinal nerve block is used to deposit steroids directly on the inflamed nerve causing the radiculopathy.
Dr. Brian Le
Dr. Brian Leanswered
Pain Management 17 years experience
Lumbar radiculopathy: There are many treatments for lumbar radiculopathy like heat pads, accupuncture, chiropractic therapy, exercise, massage, medications, injections ... Please see a pain management doctor for evaluation. You might benefit from a comprehensive evaluation and treatment.
Dr. Jeffrey Gross
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Conservatively!: Depending on how bad the symptoms are, the recommendations can vary. If there is strong neurological compromise, surgical decompression is usually advised. For minor symptoms, anti-inflammatories (if tolerated) and physical therapy come first. Middle ground treatment includes selective injections, such as epidural type endeavors. Injured discs are more likely to need surgical treatment.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What are some tips for how to treat back acne?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Acne Therapy: Acne treatments work by reducing oil production, speeding up skin cell turnover, fighting bacterial infection, reducing the inflammation or doing all four. With most prescription acne treatments, you may not see results for four to eight weeks, and your skin may get worse before it gets better. There are topicals like ziana and epiduo and oral medication like solodyn (minocycline). See your dermatologist.
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What are the reasons for needing surgery for back pain?

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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 31 years experience
Unstable spine: With nerves at risk . Back pain surgery are attempts to change out uncomfortable strucures for more comfortable structures or to stop painful small joint movements although scarred muscle hurts and stiff joints arent always percieved as more comfortable works occasionally is very diagnosis and patient dependant patient selection is key.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Which habits cause back pain?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
A few: Lack of physical activity or exercise, obesity, poor sleeping habits and smoking can be factors.
A member asked:

My daughter just came back from haiti..She has a 1" radius of redness with a black center? Is this a spider bite? She is having pain with it.

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Could be : She needs to be seen and have that evaluated. Black center means a necrotic center and may need to be debrided. Make an appointment.
A 25-year-old female asked:

I feel like I have pain in my kidneys. What could this be?

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Dr. Tarek Naguib
Nephrology and Dialysis 40 years experience
Muscle pain?: Pain in back muscles is more common reason for this complaint than actual kidney pain. But kidney stone possibility cannot be ruled out. Also, could be related to kidney infection esp if you have signs of of UTI e.g. Burning, frequency, or foul odor with urination. A visit to your doc will help differentiate this.

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