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I have back pain after sympathetic nerve block. Is this normal?

I have back pain after sympathetic nerve block. Is this normal?

Sympathetic block: Having back soreness after a sympathetic injection is not unusual for the first couple of days if a posterior approach is used. Should not persist after that point. ...Read more

Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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My back pain is unbearable. I have had two epidurals and a nerve block with no relief. Is there anything else?

My back pain is unbearable. I have had two epidurals and a nerve block with no relief. Is there anything else?

Depends on cause: Epidurals often help back pain if you have a disk herniation and you have pain shooting down the leg or legs. If most of the pain is coming from joints in your back (facet joints), the epidural has little effect. Also, you may need physical therapy with the injections to help. Again, it depends on cause of back pain. ...Read more

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I have a syrinx in my spinal cord that causes a lot of back pain. Is it safe to have nerve block injections?

I have a syrinx in my spinal cord that causes a lot of back pain. Is it safe to have nerve block injections?

?location of syrinx: Depends upon location and extent of syrinx. ?Possibility of test injection with local anesthetic e.g. Marcaine. Discuss with neurosugeon. ...Read more

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After having a discectomy last year I am still getting sciatica and back pain. I ve had a nerve block but still get pain abs worse with a full bladder

After having a discectomy last year I am still getting sciatica and back pain. I ve had a nerve block but still get pain abs worse with a full bladder

Speak with Surgeon: Recommend speaking with surgeon to discuss your pain issues. While pain may be normal after surgery, sometimes when pain increases above normal status, then evaluation may be needed to make sure no complications has arisen. Otherwise seeing pain/spine specialist may provide more answers. ...Read more

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L5s1 protusion leg/back pain 11/52 footdrop 2/52.Failed nerve block.I want to consider surgery but emg was normal.Will nuero consider surgery now?

L5s1 protusion leg/back pain 11/52 footdrop 2/52.Failed nerve block.I want to consider surgery but emg was normal.Will nuero consider surgery now?

Surgery consider: The emg/ncv takes time to demonstrate the conclusive effects of nerve injury. With a major functional deficits, urgency in diagnosis and treatment improves outcome in long term nerve function. If there is a target at 45 disc or l5s1 foramen on the appropriate side, surgery is indicated. ...Read more

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Can intercostal nerve block cause blood in urine and back pain?

Can intercostal nerve block cause blood in urine and back pain?

Unlikely: If the reason for intercostal block was traumatic injury you have reasons to have blood in the urine and back pain. Posteriorly placed intercostal block theoretically can cause some degree of back pain, but it will be unusual. Talk to your doctor to rule out kidneys injury. ...Read more

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Leg/back pain/foot drop.Emg norm.Mri l5s1 protusion.Consult wont treat/sending me nuero.Gp says disc is issue\drop is failed nerve block.I agree.What next? How can I convince consult to treat disc?

Leg/back pain/foot drop.Emg norm.Mri l5s1 protusion.Consult wont treat/sending me nuero.Gp says disc is issue\drop is failed nerve block.I agree.What next? How can I convince consult to treat disc?

??: Not sure i'm understanding your question. If you have a protruding l5s1 disk and are being sent to a neurologist, it sounds like you are bring treated. Certainly, foot drop is nothing to ignore. If your doctor does, look elsewhere for treatment. ...Read more

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I have had steroid injections for lower back pain my next thing being done is medrial blocks diognostics then possible nerve burning what can be done ?

First, you need an : Appropriate evaluation and diagnosis rather than trying various pain management techniques to see if they help. Most back issues are treated non operatively and without any invasive techniques. Start by evaluating your lifestyle in terms of weight, not smoking and regular exercise including flexibility, core strength and cardio routines. There are a variety of medication options as well. ...Read more

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Lower back pain. Hurts to sit/stand/sleep.MRI showed DDD & acute arthritis. 2 nerve block injections. Still in constant pain. What else could it be?

Lower back pain. Hurts to sit/stand/sleep.MRI showed DDD & acute arthritis. 2 nerve block injections. Still in constant pain. What else could it be?

DDD: What you have is lumbar degenerative disc disease and this is because the disks in your lumbar spine which are the cushions are constantly irritated and the nerves with in the disks cause pain. You should probably see an orthopedic surgeon who will probably send you for something called discography which will help to identify which disks are bad and if the injections have not helped you then you mwhat you have is lumbar degenerative disc disease and this is because the disks in your lumbar spine which are the cushions are constantly irritated and the nerves with in the disks cause pain. You should probably see an orthopedic surgeon who will probably send you for something called discography which will help to identify which disks are bad and if the injections have not helped you then you may be a candidate for a lumbar fusion ...Read more

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MRI and 3 Nerve blocks, hospital can't find the cause 2 years of investigation lower back pain, tender tail bone pain radiates around buttocks.

MRI and 3 Nerve blocks, hospital can't find the cause 2 years of investigation lower back pain, tender tail bone pain radiates around buttocks.

Coccydynia: Tail bone pain is also called coccydynia. Coccydynia is inflammation localized to the tailbone and there can be multiple causes or things that mimic it, including sacroilitis, sciatica or even infection to name a few.It might be best to see a spine specialist for a more detailed history and exam.In the meantime try Lidocaine or Diclofenac patch, Core PT or pilates w/ lumbar stabilization & massage ...Read more

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Does spinal block for back pain work and is it safe?

Does spinal block for back pain work and is it safe?

Depends: A spinal block infers numbing the spinal cord as with labor procedures. Most pain blocks are done in the spinal area but don't numb the spine but nerves coming out if the spinal cord or going to joints of the back. These will work if this is where your pain is coming from. However, pain can come from many sites. They are safe if done correctly. Talk to your pain doctor. ...Read more

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How to deal with cyiatic nerve back pain?

Sciatica: Step one is usually a trial of nsaids, along with physical therapy. If the pain lasts more than 6 weeks, need to get MRI of the back to look for the cause. ...Read more

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Could back pain be caused by a pinched nerve?

Could back pain be caused by a pinched nerve?

Absolutely: There are many potential causes of back pain, but certainly among those causes is a "pinched nerve". Among the most common causes of a pinched nerve are spinal stenosis ( in which a boney spur is pinching the nerve) and a disc herniation ( in which a disc is pushing on a nerve). These two conditions are among the more common causes of back pain. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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Are there natural alternatives to severe back pain?

Are there natural alternatives to severe back pain?

Yes!: Many claims are made for natural pain relievers, but your best bet is to seek a TRUE CURE.Osteopathic drs., via a good history & hands-on exam may find the cause: disc problem, pinched nerve, inflamed nerve, vertebral malfunction, muscle spasm, Sacroiliac lig inj, etc. etc.See a good D.O. for proper exam and treatment which may incl conventional stuff or manipulation, prolotherapy, neuroprolo, etc ...Read more

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Can you give me some good tips for back pain pinched nerve?

Can you give me some good tips for back pain pinched nerve?

Stretch and PT: If you are having back pain and pinched nerve symptoms (pain and tingling into your leg(s)), you will need to try both stretching and may want to seek the services of a physical therapist (pt). If you also have weakness, you should see a md immediately. Pt can be very helpful for patient with early (less than 3 months) pinched nerve symptoms. Over 3 months, you may need a neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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What can you take fot back pain cause by disc or pinch nerve?

What can you take fot back pain cause by disc or pinch nerve?

Back pain: A number of over the counter medications can help with mild back pain, including ibuprofen, naproxen, acetaminophen. Other prescriptions, nsaids, help with inflammation and pain. Muscle relaxants, narcotic pain meds can be given for severe pai, short term. Cortisone oral or injectable medication reduce swelling and pain. Meds for chronic nerve pain, gabapentin, can reduce pain. ...Read more

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What is a good way to relieve back pain from a pinched nerve?

What is a good way to relieve back pain from a pinched nerve?

Rest, icing: The goal is to relieve the pressure on the nerve a diminish the local inflammation. Resting in a position to relieve strain in that area is useful. Icing can be a great relief and the use of nsaids is frequently helpful. Massage is a good reliever but if the condition persists week after week or is worsening, then you need to be evaluated by your orthopod. ...Read more

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Could this be a back pain be a pinched nerve? How can you tell?

Could this be a back pain be a pinched nerve? How can you tell?

It could: When you have a pinched nerve most likely you have some numbness in the legs and the pain will travel from the back toward the legs.Good luck. Thank you. ...Read more

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Dr. Tim Conrad
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Nerve Block (Definition)

Just means injecting a nerve with a local anesthetic, like lidocaine, to temporarily cause the nerve to stop working. It's usually done in order to do a procedure painlessly, but can also be done as a therapeutic measure to rest ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more