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Neuro dxme with 2 herniated/collapsed disc, L4 & l5, says need 2 level fusion. Back, nerve pain & numbness change b/w mod 2 severe. Chance of perm dam?

Neuro dxme with 2 herniated/collapsed disc, L4 & l5, says need 2 level fusion. Back, nerve pain & numbness change b/w mod 2 severe. Chance of perm dam?

Yes: There certainly is a possibility of failure of relieve the pain and numbness if you leave the problems untreated. Have you tried anything other than talking to a surgeon. Before I have a 3 level fusion i would try physical therapy and injections from a pain specialist. ...Read more

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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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How do I get rid of my sciatic nerve pain in my lower back?

How do I get rid of my sciatic nerve pain in my lower back?

Work on it daily: Pain management can be useful if it helps you to move normally while you heal. If you smoke, you must stop. What ever type of activity/lifestyle produces the damage to your back must be modified. Physical therapy for a core strengthening, yoga type stretching home exercise program that incorporates proper breathing and body awareness is the pathway that I have seen the most success. Patience! ...Read more

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Managing Back Pain (Checklist)

Lose weight
Daily
Reduce stress by moving gracefully with tai chi, yoga, or dance
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Increase flexibility with gentle exercises and/or physical therapy
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Gradually increase muscle tone and strength to support your back
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Neuro dxme with 2 herniated/collapsed disc, L4 & l5, says need 2 level fusion. Back, nerve pain & numbness change b/w mod 2 severe. Chance of perm dam?

Yes: There certainly is a possibility of failure of relieve the pain and numbness if you leave the problems untreated. Have you tried anything other than talking to a surgeon. Before I have a 3 level fusion i would try physical therapy and injections from a pain specialist. ...Read more

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7s surgeries for my back/nerve pain. I have a scs unit and also a pain pump which was found faulty aft 21/2yrs should I get it fixed or meds?

7s surgeries for my back/nerve pain.  I have a  scs unit and also a pain pump which was found faulty aft 21/2yrs should I get it fixed or meds?

Less narcotic better: Try to control pain with scs. Long acting narcotics can sensitize you to the pain and make it worse. After 7 back surgeries your options are limited. Focus on life style change and exercise using natural endorphins to help with pain control. May want to also explore some natural remedies. Good luck ...Read more

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Treating a Pinched Nerve (Checklist)

Exercise and stretch
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Get an Xray/MRI if pain lasts more than 4 weeks
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See a spine/pain specialist if pain doesn't improve
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Back related nerve pain or is this anxiety disorder?

Back related nerve pain or is this anxiety disorder?

Back pain or anxiety: Obviously, you are going to need an evaluation of the cause of your back pain. It should never be assumed that a psychiatric condition causes a physical symptom unless the physical symptom has been adequately worked up. Anxiety can causes neck and shoulder pain and low back pain. www.calmclinic.com/anxiety/symptoms/back-pains how anxiety causes back pain: and how to stop it. ...Read more

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Managing Knee Pain (Checklist)

Try to determine the cause
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Write down severity, duration, location (front/back of knee, etc.)
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If swollen, ice the knee with a bag of ice, bag of frozen peas, etc.
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See a doctor
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Fell last week on stairs, hit shoulder/back. Mostly nerve pain. Don't think I hit my head, but freq nausea, spaciness & front right headache since?

Fell last week on stairs, hit shoulder/back. Mostly nerve pain. Don't think I hit my head, but freq nausea, spaciness & front right headache since?

Concussion: Sounds like possible concussion, even if you don't think you hit your head. Get evaluated by your doctor to make sure everything else checks out on your exam. ...Read more

Dr. James Marx
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Neuralgia (Definition)

Neuralgia is also known as Nerve pain. Neuralgia is a condition in which there is a sharp, unexpected pain along a nerve that is due to the irritation and damage of that nerve. Chemicals, diseases such as diabetes, medications, previous surgery, and trauma are potential causes of neuralgia. Numbness and weakness of the muscles supplied by the ...Read more


Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Nerve Pain (Definition)

Neuralgia is a sharp, shocking pain that follows the path of a nerve and is due to irritation or ...Read more