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What can cause a pinched nerve in back?

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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice 31 years experience
USUALLY a disc: A 'pinched nerve' can be due to a 'bulging disc' or a 'bone spur' or a combination of both.

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How do you treat a pinched nerve in the back?

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Dr. Julian Bragg
Neurology 17 years experience
Chemistry & Physics: Pinched nerves can be treated by relieving the pressure on the nerve or by using medications to reduce the irritability of the nerve in response to that pressure. This is usually performed with combination treatment including physical therapy, medications (oral or injected), or surgery.
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Could it happen that a pinched nerve in the back cause constipation?

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Dr. Douglas Linville II
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Constipation: Pinched nerves in lumbar spine will cause either back pain, or shooting pains/numbness/weakness down the leg. Constipation would result from inactivity, or medications like narcotics, ssri/antidepressants, muscle relaxers, or neuropathic pain meds.
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A 31-year-old female asked:

How do you know if you have a pinched nerve in your back?

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Dr. Christopher Pham
Neurosurgery 25 years experience
Back Pain: Lower back pain with radicular pain (shooting pain) to the buttocks and/or lower extremity. The pain can be constant or intermittent, and can be easily aggravated by certain physical activities.
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What works in taking care of a pinched nerve in my back?

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Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Pinched Nerve: A pinched nerve is typically still intact and does not need 'to heal'. The reason for the pinching is typically arthritis or a herniated disc for example, and that needs to be diagnosed correctly before we know what to do for it. Maintaining flexibility is hugely important and anti-inflammatories (ibuprofen-like meds) can be helpful too... Find a good ortho spine doc to diagnose the problem. Thx!
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What can I do if my husband has arthritus in his back now nerve is being pinched?

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Radiculopathy: A pinched nerve in the spine is called a radiculopathy. This can be assess by a careful neurological examination. An MRI may be required.

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