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how can i relieve a pinched nerve?

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Dr. Ron Jones
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Depends: Depends on where and why. Usually not by yourself. See your pcp and see what he/she has to say.

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I have weird itchiness on different body parts. What should I do to relieve the itching?

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Anti-itch remedies: Moisturize with a non-perfumed product-good examples are cetaphil, vaseline, lubriderm. Shower with lukewarm water. Avoid allergens from clothing/foods/cosmetics/laundry products. Topically, use 1% Hydrocortisone ointment and orally use 25 mg Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at bedtime. If symptoms do not resolve, then you may need prescription topical meds and your physician needs to rule out other underlying disorders.
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Can peppermint oil help relieve sciatica?

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Yes: Topical peppermint oil to the back may relax the muscles and ease sciatic pain. Warm soaks in epsom salts can be helpful as well. Consider a prenatal massage if it persists.
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Can medications cause peripheral nerve disorders?

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Does zostrix (capsaicin) or other hot-pepper creams provide relief for tn?

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Hot pepper chill out: Trigeminal nerve pain? Capsacain puts the hot in chili peppers and raises our pain threshold so things don't hurt as much. Some folks have reported relief. Worth a try. More common treatments are pills and procedures. Acupuncture may help. Talk with your doc for strategies that will work best for you. Hope you're feeling better.
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What are suggested excercises for a pinched sciatic nerve?

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Neurology 52 years experience
McKenzie: Several exercise approaches can help low back pain, and physical therapists can instruct in williams and mckenzie approaches. Some specialized therapists can use felderkreis approaches. Best to have direct expert instruction prior to using these techniques. Although pilates is touted, need an expert to select safest approach.

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