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Symptoms of pinched nerve in lower back?

Symptoms of pinched nerve in lower back?

Leg pain: "pinched nerve" implies a pinched spinal nerve root, if that's what you mean. Symptoms are usually pain into the buttock and down the leg at least to the knee, sometimes the foot or inner thigh. ...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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Is traction or acupuncture best for a pinched nerve in lower back?

Is traction or acupuncture best for a pinched nerve in lower back?

Traction/acupuncture: Great question:
the real answer is nobody knows. They have never been compared head-to-head in any sort of controlled trial. They are both treatments that can be beneficial and I would suggest doing both of them. Consider epidurals too. When dealing with a pinched nerve, I think the most important thing is to know if there is nerve damage (an EMG will diagnose). If so, surgery is warrante. ...Read more

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I think I have a pinched nerve in lower back. Went to doc, today and got meds. How long until pain stops? I have had severe pain for 5 days now?

I think I have a pinched nerve in lower back. Went to doc, today and got meds. How long until pain stops? I have had severe pain for 5 days now?

Pain will go gradual: Pain can linger longer if you have muscle spasm. but either way, don't be surprised if it goes on longer than one week. Recovery and resolution will be quicker if you do everything right- rest, relax the muscle, take pain meds and do gentle range of motion exercises AFTER the pain goes away. The key is not to rush it ...Read more

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Feels like l get a shiver in my thigh. I have a pinched nerve in lower back. Low iron levels. What could be causing this feeling?

Feels like l get a shiver in my thigh. I have a pinched nerve in lower back. Low iron levels. What could be causing this feeling?

Thigh shivers: If these are muscle twitches, localized muscular or superficial nerve irritability is likely. If frequent diffuse muscle twitches or cramps occur, deficiencies of calcium, magnesium and potassium must be ruled out. I don't think it's a symptom of iron deficiency. The pinched low back nerve may be a factor, however. A neurologist could evaluate you for this. ...Read more

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I have a pinched nerve in lower back that causes pain to my right hip. Is it appropriate for me to play basketball or must rest it? Thanks!

I have a pinched nerve in lower back that causes pain to my right hip. Is it appropriate for me to play basketball or must rest it? Thanks!

Most likely, rest: Of course your treating Doctor who knows you and has the imaging reports that can be clinically correlated to your physical exam would be able tell you the best type of activity you can do. Me, over the computer would say that conservatively, I would rest the area, until you get some relief of pain, then follow-up with your Dr. To get an official answer as to a "return to Physical activities." ...Read more

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Can pinched nerve in lower back cause edema? Pain specialist says I have pinched nerve causing low leg issue. But leg has edema (noted by therapist).

Have a full exam: Your pinched lumbar nerve may be part of the picture but so might other issues that may be hiding behind your chronic pain. Have a good full (lab work, too) exam to discover the role other issues might play. Pay some attention to your fluid intake/output amounts to report to the Dr. Endocrine, urology, bariatric, cardiac and other issues can result in swelling symptoms. Exam may lead to treatment. ...Read more

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Neuro said pain in foot coming from pinched nerve in lower back. No leg pain just foot. Hurts to stand but when I lift foot off ground no pain. Back?

Neuro said pain in foot coming from pinched nerve in lower back. No leg pain just foot. Hurts to stand but when I lift foot off ground no pain. Back?

Possible: It is possible that foot pain can come from a pinched nerve in the back. The other possible causes can include problems with the foot itself or a combination of the two. You could potentially see an orthopedic surgeon it a podiatrist to give an opinion about whether there are issues with the foot itself if you did not feel comfortable with what the neurologist was telling you. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve on my left side lower back affect my right side?

The cause can: A pinched nerve on one side of the spine is caused by a structural architectural problem, this can be of the disc, the foramen, the facet joint the central canal. When a nerve is pinched on one side, it is not uncommon to have compensatory or associated pain on the other side. ...Read more

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What might I do to get relief from a pinched nerve in my lower back?

What might I do to get relief from a pinched nerve in my lower back?

Back pain: Often times, conservative treatment such as physical therapy (including strengthening and stretching) and anti-inflammatory medications will work. It would also be reasonable to try massage, ice or heat, or over the counter creams such as aspercreme or capsaicin creme. See a physician if your symptoms do not improve - further treatment options would include spinal injections and even surgery. ...Read more

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It could be possible that a pinched nerve cause sharp pains in lower back?

It could be possible that a pinched nerve cause sharp pains in lower back?

Numb leg: Yes! Sharp pain in a lower extremity due to nerve compression can cause this. Relieve by squatting down to flex the lumbar spine. Usually, anti-inflammatory medications can help, as well as some core strengthening with a flexion-based exercise program. Make sure nothing else is the cause of the leg pain! See a doctor and maybe have a scan performed. U need a diagnosis! ...Read more

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What is the best solution for recovering from a pinched nerve (lower back)?

What is the best solution for recovering from a pinched nerve (lower back)?

Time: This usually results from degenerative changes in the lumbar spine causing irritation to the nerve root. Often this pain will resolve spontaneously in 2-3 weeks, but may require further treatment including medication, physical therapy, injections, and/or activity modification. Your physician can help direct appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I've get a sharp pain in the middle of my lower back everytime I bend over would that just be a pinched nerve?

I've get a sharp pain in the middle of my lower back everytime I bend over would that just be a pinched nerve?

Maybe not: Central low back pain is most often due to inflammation/arthritis of the disk/joints in the spine or inflammation/injury the soft tissues (muscles/tendons). Occasionally, lumbar nerve root compression can begin as midline pain but this is certainly not the most likely cause. ...Read more

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My lower back hurts, I think its a strain or pinched nerve!?

My lower back hurts, I think its a strain or pinched nerve!?

See below: You don't ask a question. If it goes down your leg (s) it could be. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of this pinched nerve in my lower back?

Pinched nerve: With such limited information, one can only talk in generalities. Most back difficulties resolve on their own in six to twelve weeks. For persistent symptoms, seek the consult of a spine specialist. ...Read more

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Can having large heavy breasts cause a pinched nerve to form in your lower back?

Can having large heavy breasts cause a pinched nerve to form in your lower back?

Yes: Having heavy breasts can change your posture and cause stress of the muscles of your low back ; spine. I would suggest that you do a couple of things. Don't buy a bra off the rack. Have someone who specializes in proper fitting of a bra. Secondly see a physiotherapist and/or an osteopathic physician. To rule out any other problem. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is any help for a pinched nerve in L4 & L5 in lower back?

Please let me know if there is any help for a pinched nerve in L4 & L5 in lower back?

Many options!: However, this is as long as there are not motor deficits (weakness) yet. If there is weakness, it becomes a more important discussion. If no weakness, and stable, then physical therapy should be your first stop. From there, epidural injections can be helpful, as well as medications, including oral steroids acutely can help. Many modalities, including things like acupuncture. Avoid sx until needed. ...Read more

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Pinched nerve in my lower back, for 3 month now. Been working out, My numbness in upper back has increased severely why is this? & how can I recover?

Pinched nerve in my lower back, for 3 month now. Been working out, My numbness in upper back has increased severely why is this? & how can I recover?

Nerve impingement: Can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging disc. It can cause muscle spasm and back pain. This condition must be professionally managed. See an interventional pain management specialist for definitive diagnosis and management. See your dentist for tooth pain. ...Read more

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Could a pinched nerve cause lower back pain?

Could a pinched nerve cause lower back pain?

Yes: 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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Pinched nerve in spinal core lower back leads to from foot or sitting constantly?

Pinched nerve: Not sure what is being asked here but sitting constantly is not typically a cause of pinched nerves. At your age, a pinched nerve would be more typically caused by disc degeneration (aging changes) leading to susceptibility of the disc to protrude/herniate, which results in nerve impingement (pinched nerve). ...Read more

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Dr. Thinks I have a pinched nerve in my lower back. I have a burning sensation in my back should I be alarmed it's also throbn like a heartbeat?

Where in the back?: Female, not fair but still near 40 suggests gall bladder problems if it is on the right side under the shoulder blade. Should be aggravated by fatty foods and the cabbage group of veggies. In the middle-could be a penetrating ulcer. If both sides or one side at belt line-could be kidney. And on and on. Need more specifics, ...Read more

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Can a lower back pinched nerve be corrected with physical therapy.?

PT for LBP.: It's not a cure for a pinched nerve, of course, but physical therapy may help your body function with it better. Always a good first step in the management of a pinched nerve, and for lower back pain in general. ...Read more

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I have a pinched nerve in my lower back can this be taken care of in physical therapy?

Depends: The determination of whether a compromised nerve can be treated with PT or other intervention (surgery) depends on the degree and type of issue causing symptoms. It seems that the best thing you can do is to speak with your physician to go over your test results in detail in order to make an educated decision. ...Read more

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Could my pinched nerve in my neck and lower back be causing my tongue to believe like a snake?

Unlikely: Do you mean you are experiencing involuntary movements of your tongue? If so, I doubt they are related to a pinched nerve in your neck or back. Please see a doctor for an examination to determine the cause. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to see a chiropractor for a pinched nerve in my lower back. I also have 3 slipped discs?

Is it a good idea to see a chiropractor for a pinched nerve in my lower back. I also have 3 slipped discs?

Yes: Yes, I think it is fine to see a chiropractor for your back, it is an accepted treatment for patients with back problems. If it is not helpful, you can see an md for a second opinion, but there are many people who can get good symptom improvement through chiropractic care. ...Read more

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Good day. The right side of my back is burning and lower back throbbing. I have a pinched nerve and waa in hospital. What can I do next?

Good day. The right side of my back is burning and lower back throbbing. I have a pinched nerve and waa in hospital. What can I do next?

Follow up with MD: You were hospitalized for back pain and pinched nerve.You must have been given prescription for pain meds and adviced Physical Therapy, Pain Management and follow up. I suggest you follow up with your treating doctor. ...Read more

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What can I do for a pinched nerve I have on my lower back? It also goes down my right leg towards the back right above the knee.

What can I do for a pinched nerve I have on my lower back? It also goes down my right leg towards the back right above the knee.

Sciatica: Low back, buttock and "shooting" leg pain are all symptoms of a pinched nerve. It sounds like you may have that problem. If the pain is severe and limiting your activity still, the best non-narcotic medications that I have found to work for my patients are antiinflammatories such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen which are over-the-counter medications. Other non-narcotic medications include tramadol (ultram) which requires a prescription and nerve-pain medications such as gabapentin. These are all to be taken for temporary pain relief. This type of pain typically resolves with time. Ask your primary physician about these if the pain is still limiting you. If it is still going on for more than a month an MRI may be helpful to help sort out what is going on and there could be other potential treatments outside of surgery that could benefit you. ...Read more

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I have a pinched nerve in my Trapezius. What can I do to? And how long would it take to heal? The pain spreads to my Neck, upper & lower back & arms.

Depends: It is a little unusual to have a "pinched nerve in my trapezius" as you put it. Pinched nerves in the neck are fairly common, or muscular injuries to the trapezius also. I would encourage you to be seen if it does not get better soon. ...Read more

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If I have a pinched nerve in my lower back can that cause numbness and tingling in all 4 limbs and would it be worse in the morning?

If I have a pinched nerve in my lower back can that cause numbness and tingling in all 4 limbs and would it be worse in the morning?

Unusual: Lower back nerves generally do not relate to upper extremities.
Arthritis frequently is worse in the morning.
Sounds like a good neurological exam for numbness, weakness, neuropathies etc. Is in order. ...Read more

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16. I may have a slipped disk/ pinched nerve and I did gymnastics anyway. Pain worsened in lower back, tight feeling. Doctor on Sat. Immediate danger?

Unlikely: Unlikely it is dangerous to the extent you can't wait till Saturday to be seen. One if the most common causes of back pain in gymnasts is known as a spondylolysis. ...Read more

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Can pinched nerve cause tingles when looking up&numbness in rt arm and leg? I do a lot of stair running. 1st started with pulled lower back and spread

Can pinched nerve cause tingles when looking up&numbness in rt arm and leg? I do a lot of stair running. 1st started with pulled lower back and spread

Spurling Sign: Yes. Clasically, looking up and toward the side of symptoms will elicit a shooting pain into the arm suggesting a pinched nerve in the neck. Less commonly, if the spur/disc is more central, there may also be symptoms affecting the same leg. Again, this would imply a combination of central and lateral pressure. A large disc herniation would be most likely if < 50 years. Consider a spine md eval. ...Read more

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I have a pinched nerve on my lower back now I'm having numbness on my right leg and buttocks and pain in my lower back. Should I go to the er?

If worse yes: If lose bowel or bladder control or severe numbness in saddle area [inner thighs /groin could have quadaiquana syndrome, pinched nerve severe, but if not, just rest, use ice/heat, aleve /tylenol. ...Read more

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