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A 39-year-old male asked:

Good day, i have had lower back pain for years and recently my neck started giving me problems. my left hand/arm is partially numb and my left leg is starting. mri show bulging disks and nerver irritation however neurosurgeon gave me clonazepam????

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Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Spine pain /abn MRI: Clonazepam is a benzodiazepine - which can relax muscles., For severe pain/spasm Valium/ diazepam is sometimes given . But more information is needed like the degree of bulge/location.. Would also consider EMG/NCS that can tell if and how severe nerve function is affected which would correlate with "numbness" . Discuss PT(physical therapy) / traction. F/u/w/ neurology
Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 41 years experience
Pain: Please continue to see your doctors and also look into complimentary support such as biofeedback and / or clinical hypnosis (www.asch.net). See www.relaxationreponse.org for some self-help, not to replace doctor, also search John Sarno MD for mind-body support. Peace and good health.
Last updated Feb 10, 2020

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