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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 nerve damage from siatica heal on its own from herniated disk? Right foot can stand on heel it drops what kind of doc should I see spine doc?

Can nerve damage from siatica heal on its own from herniated disk? Right foot can stand on heel it drops what kind of doc should I see spine doc?

Be evaluated: You would need to be followed closely. But yes, weakness from a herniated disc can potentially improve as the herniation heals. But you need to be followed closely because if it worsens you might need urgent surgery to avoid a complete and permanent "foot drop." See a spinal surgeon to discuss, even if you don't think you need surgery, you need to be followed by a surgeon just in case. ...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 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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Should I be rowing with herniated disc (l5) and pinched nerve?

Should I be rowing with herniated disc (l5) and pinched nerve?

Well...: If it is a recent disc herniation then maybe taking it easy is best. However of its been goin on for a while and you are improving then it may be good, particularly if it's not too long of a session. Keeping a single sitting prolonged posture may not be the best. ...Read more

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Does lyrica heal damaged nerve from herniated disc or is it like a pain killer? Thank you

Does lyrica heal damaged nerve from herniated disc or is it like a pain killer? Thank you

No and No: Without going in to a large biochemistry or pharmacology lecture, lyrica and other antiepileptics turn down the function of nerves. The idea is to turn down the nerves in pain. Lyrica is not a pain medication as in a narcotic but for some reason, people have tried to abuse it so it is scheduled. ...Read more

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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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I have a herniated disc from l-3. I'm in pain 24-7 from my lower back and siatic nerve. Will the disc heal on its own, and will the pain exceed.?

I have a herniated disc from l-3. I'm in pain 24-7 from my lower back and siatic nerve. Will the disc heal on its own, and will the pain exceed.?

Not likely, c a doc: A herniated disc causing so much pain with radiculopathy (pain spreading down the leg) needs evaluation by gp or orthopedist or back specialist). If u already know u have a herniated disc, this represents an acute inflammation or strain of muscles near the disc and requires anti-inflammatory therapy, etc, or a tumor pressing on nerve, first c a doc, then doc will decide on referral or x-rays, etc. ...Read more

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Is it common for the material from a herniated disc to be reabsorbed, eventually relieving pressure on the nerves?

Is it common for the material from a herniated disc to be reabsorbed, eventually relieving pressure on the nerves?

Herniated disc: Yes, it is common for a herniated disc to be reabsorbed over 4-6 weeks after injury. Barring the "red flag" symptoms (new onset bowel/bladder dysfunction, groin numbness, significant weakness in ability to move the foot), many herniated disc problems will resolve over time without surgery. Still advise evaluation my healthcare provider, but initial non-operative treatment is usually recommended. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time after a surgery to repair a pinched nerve due to a herniated disc?

What is the recovery time after a surgery to repair a pinched nerve due to a herniated disc?

Weeks: Usually outpatient or less than 23 hours in hospital. Return to light work within a few weeks and return to heavy labor in 6 to 8 weeks, sometimes longer. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a sciatica (nerve) and a herniated disc or are they both the same thing?

What is the difference between a sciatica (nerve) and a herniated disc or are they both the same thing?

Back & Leg Pain: Sciatica is pain in the distribution of the back & leg as a result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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Herniated disc, slipped disc pinched nerve, treatment?

Herniated disc: If you have a confirmed herniation with an MRI, the first line of treatment is usually a steroid injection around the nerve performed by a qualified pain physician. You may require more than one, but no more than three in a year. If the herniation is large and you have weakness, surgery is the best option. Along with these treatments, you may be given an antiinflammatory medication as well. ...Read more

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What is a pain reliever without codeine that would help with a pinched nerve and herniated disc I3?

What is a pain reliever without codeine that would help with a pinched nerve and herniated disc I3?

Many: Codeine is weak compared to many other narcotics. Many combinations exist from short-acting (4-6 hours): pure morphine, percocet, non-narcotic Ultram, demerol, (meperidine hydrochloride) dilaudid, etc. Then there are long-acting narcotics like MScontin and OxyContin.NSAIDs like prescription strength ibuprofen & naproxen may also be good choices. Talk with your dr. Personally, I use glucose in a caudal epidural injection. ...Read more

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If I get a herniated disc will the pain come and go or is that a pinched nerve that does that?

If I get a herniated disc will the pain come and go or is that a pinched nerve that does that?

May be: Pain may come and go at the beginning, but if not taken care of gradually if may get worse and pain becomes permanent. Consult your doctor to discuss conservative preventive care, to avoid progression ...Read more

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When there is a herniated disc compressing a nerve, do the muscles innervated by the nerve become tight and weak?

YES: The main problem here involves progressive muscular atrophy and weakness secondary to the nerve compression, unless this can be reversed. This kind of issue often results in a decision to do operation to relieve the problems. The tightness, or spasms, may involve paraspinal muscles which contributes to an additional component of pain. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have a herniated disc or if its your sciatica nerve? I have sever pain in my lower back into my buttock area.

How can you tell if you have a herniated disc or if its your sciatica nerve? I have sever pain in my lower back into my buttock area.

MRI: If the MRI is negative for disc herniation then consider piriformis syndrome which comes with buttocks tenderness. Disc herniation would have numbness and tingling and pain below knee and increase in leg pain with straightening the affected leg while seated while herniation frequently cause foot numbness and weakness piriformis syndrome rarely does classic sciatica is leg pain ...Read more

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Hello I recently had a herniated disc at l5/s1 and had surgery to remove the piece pinching my siactic nerve but my pain is worse than before surgery?

Postop pain: If the surgery was yesterday or within the last week, persistent pain can be seen. Typically the pain resolves quickly. But if you have persistent pain running down the leg and medication is not helping you may have a recurrent disk. Another imaging study may be helpful. More likely this is just residual nerve root irritation from compression followed by surgery. ...Read more

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I would like pain reliever without codeine for a herniated disc l3, and pinched nerve?

I would like pain reliever without codeine for a herniated disc l3, and pinched nerve?

See your Dr.: There are several options that they can discuss with you. Good luck. ...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 that's caused pinched nerve. Will nerve block use steroids? .Steroids cause me to have sleeplessness.

What is a nerve block? Have herniated disc that's 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 have a herniated disc at c6c7 pinching a nerve causing cervical radiculopathy down my arm. Will the pain and numbness go away suddenly or gradually?

I have a herniated disc at c6c7 pinching a nerve causing cervical radiculopathy down my arm. Will the pain and numbness go away suddenly or gradually?

Either or: Sometimes people get lucky and the pain may go away suddenly, but most patients with a structured physical therapy program, possible medication use, heat to the area, etc., . will see a gradual improvement. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have all symtoms of a herniated disc for the C8 nerve root, but MRI shows normal, I've had no trauma. Pain lasting for 11 yrs, im 28. Any diag ideas?

I have all symtoms of a herniated disc for the C8 nerve root, but MRI shows normal, I've had no trauma. Pain lasting for 11 yrs, im 28. Any diag ideas?

MRI not perfect: Mri is the more clear image we have. It doesn't pick up everything. After 11 years you can know you don't have anything dangerous. If you have all the symptoms at C8 (as diagnosed by a neurologist), it is likely C8 causing the problem. After autopsy they have found problems with people at a microscopic level that couldn't be seen on mri. Unfortunately, that doesn't help your pain. ...Read more

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How long can you have a pinched nerve or a herniated disc or suffer from nerve pain? And even with mild scoliosis can this affect your disc in your back and injuries that can happen to your the rustic spine

It varies: Pain arising from a "pinched" or irritated nerve in the spine usually goes away within a few weeks to a few months depending on the cause. However in a minority of cases the pain can persist for months or even years. Scoliosis is rotation/curvature of the spine most often in the middle back (thoracic) or lower back (lumbar). This can cause added stress to the discs in your spine. ...Read more

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10 ft fall, herniated disc c5-c6 impinges significantly on the thecal sac, the cervical cord and nerve root, waiting on dr, advise, what will come?

Nerve injury: A herniated disk can cause nerve pinching. By reducing nerve inflammation it may reduce your pain. The doctor may suggest medication, injections, or maybe even surgery. Don't panic, getting your pain reduced and nerve less inflamed is the key. ...Read more

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