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Seven weeks ago doctor said I have a herniated disc in lower back .And sciatic nerve damage. I did theropy and it hurts worse now. No improvement?

Seven weeks ago doctor said I have a herniated disc in lower back .And sciatic nerve damage. I did theropy and it hurts worse now. No improvement?

Radiculopathy: Most herniated disks will get better on their own, however if the symptoms worsen after conservative treatment then other methods should be investigated. Surgery is an option when weakness, pain and sensory loss all correlate to the location of the disk herniation. Usually physical therapy, steroid injections and other methods are employed first. Seven weeks is not a long time. But try another way. ...Read more

Dr. Olav Jaren
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Nerve Damage (Definition)

A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more


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Can a herniated disc cause neuropathy?

Can a herniated disc cause neuropathy?

Agreed: It may be semantics, but when a disc herniation occurs, it presses on a nerve root and not a nerve. We call this radiculopathy. Neuropathy occurs further from the spine and often implies a non-compressive origin (although it can be compressive). ...Read more

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How can you tell if nerve pain is coming from herniated disc vs. peripheral neuropathy vs. degenerative disc disease? What are the symptoms of each?

How can you tell if nerve pain is coming from herniated disc vs. peripheral neuropathy vs. degenerative disc disease? What are the symptoms of each?

Read on !: peripheral neuropathy is usually a symmetrical bilateral set of symptoms sensory or motor, Disc problems are often focal,local and unilateral A neurologist with the help of an electromyogram can help ...Read more

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Can pelvic rotation cause asymptomatic herniated disc to become symptomatic by pinching nerves?

Can pelvic rotation cause asymptomatic herniated disc to become symptomatic by pinching nerves?

Herniated Disc: Yes, pelvic rotation can cause an asymmetric load on the iliolumbar ligament and effect the pressure on the disc. ...Read more

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Can cervical spondylosis or a pinched nerve or a herniated disc cause a discomfort or pain to the touch at the back of the head? If yes, why?

Can cervical spondylosis or a pinched nerve or a herniated disc cause a discomfort or pain to the touch at the back of the head? If yes, why?

Nerve pain: Yes any of these can if there is pressure on the nerve. This causes the nerve to malfunction so that touch, cold, heat, pressure feel very different and can be very painful. ...Read more

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What is a nerve block? Have herniated disc thats caused pinched nerve. Will nerve block use steroids?.Steroids cause me to have sleeplessness.

What is a nerve block? Have herniated disc thats caused pinched nerve. Will  nerve block use steroids?.Steroids cause me to have sleeplessness.

Nerve block: Nerve blocks are spinal injections which are localized to specific lumbar nerve roots - often done for diagnostics purposes. These typically do use steroids, but most of the steroid will stay local at the site of the injection, so the chance of systemic effects such as sleeplessness is lower than that of an oral or IV steroid. ...Read more

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I'm experiencing excruciating chronic sciatic nerve pain due to a pinched sciatic nerve caused by a herniated disc. Are there any non narcotic prescription meds that would be effective with this pain?

I'm experiencing excruciating chronic sciatic nerve pain due to a pinched sciatic nerve caused by a herniated disc. Are there any non narcotic prescription meds that would be effective with this pain?

Natural pain methods: Some things that help for irritated nerve pain naturally are: Magnesium malate or glycinate 1000 mg- This is a natural muscle relaxer. Work your way up to 1000 mg. If loose stool, reduce dosing. Omega fish oil- I like combinations of omega 3 and omega 7 for their anti-inflammatory effects. Up to 5000 mg. Vitamin D- If levels are low, can help with back pain. Good Luck ...Read more

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Dr. Sam Markzar
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Neuropraxia (Definition)

Neuropraxia is defined as a temporary loss of function of the nerve. Some nerves are purely sensory while others carry both sensory and motor fibers. Traumatic contusion injuries to nerves or nerve compressions can cause Neuropraxia. Sensory nerves like sural nerve in the leg or mixed sensory and motor nerves like the median and ulnar nerves in the forearm & hand ...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