A 48-year-old female asked:
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i have lumbar and cervical radiculopathy pt. nor injections have worked what can be done for this nerve pain?

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Dr. Ayo Adu
Dr. Ayo Adu answered
14 years experience Sports Medicine
Further testing: You didn't specify what type of injections, but commonly, epidural steroid injections are performed for this. If this has failed, a procedure that could help is rf ablation which would numb the sensation aspect of these nerves causing you pain.
Answered on May 8, 2019
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Dr. Kevin Vaught
28 years experience Neurosurgery
Surgery: If you have completed a proper work-up and have failed a reasonable period of conservative care ( at least 6-8 weeks ) and you are in significant pain that prevents you from doing your normal activities, then surgery is an option to discuss with your doctor. Check out spine-health.Com.
Answered on Dec 26, 2019
Dr. Chris Faubel
14 years experience Pain Management
Other pain generator: You first have to make sure the pain isn't coming from some other structure. Make sure a good spine specialist evaluates you. Other thing that can mimic radicular pain (that even some spine specialists don't think about): 1) trigger points 2) facet joints 3) sacroiliac joint if definitely the spinal nerves, you can consider pulsed radiofrequency also, get surgery if you need it.
Answered on Dec 26, 2019
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