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Increasing numbness limbs constant pain and spasms in lower & upper back & down left leg, MRI lumbar showed bulge disk L4 l5, rotatory scoliosis causes

Increasing numbness limbs constant pain and spasms in lower & upper back & down left leg, MRI lumbar showed bulge disk L4 l5, rotatory scoliosis causes

Nonspecific: Believe it or not, scoliosis does not cause pain for most patients - unless the scoliosis is very severe. Similarly, a disk bulge is often of no consequence, and is simply a normal finding as we age. See a physician (consider seeing a neurologist since you have numbness) for further evaluation. ...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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What are cures for chronic nerve pain caused by back surgery scar tissue pressing on the nerves.L4, l5, l5, s1?

What are cures for chronic nerve pain caused by back surgery scar tissue pressing on the nerves.L4, l5, l5, s1?

If all other causes : Have been ruled out then time and medication can help along with various pain management techniques ranging from injections to a spinal cord stimulator. ...Read more

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Can L4 & L5 damage cause pelvic pain (specifically ovarian pain)?

Can L4 & L5 damage cause pelvic pain (specifically ovarian pain)?

Generally No: Ovarian nerve supply that relays pain is through the sympathetic nervous system between t11, t12 and L1 levels. This is obviously above the L4 and L5 levels you stated, however pelvic pain could still be related to non-ovarian causes and if you had significant pathology at l4/l5 it could be a source of this pain. I would see a pain/spine specialist to see what options you may have for treatment. ...Read more

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1 month recovering from microlumbar disectomy, l4/l5, l5/s1. Back pain relieved but numbness/tingling/pressure in right knee persists. Possibilities?

1 month recovering from microlumbar disectomy, l4/l5, l5/s1. Back pain relieved but numbness/tingling/pressure in right knee persists. Possibilities?

Neuropathic pain: You may still have irritation of the nerve root but it is also possible that you have injury to a peripheral nerve innervating the knee. This possibility would be most likely if you had diabetes or the original injury involved trauma to your knee. ...Read more

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Herniated disc at L4 and L5 causing sciatica, please help?

Herniated disc at L4 and L5 causing sciatica, please help?

See your doctor: The doctor who ordered the scan which showed the disc herniations should be able to give advice regarding the next steps. Any numbness or weakness associated with the sciatica should be worked up by a neurosurgeon, who may recommend conservative management including injections, endoscopic or minimally invasive discectomy, laminectomy etc depending on the findings. ...Read more

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Can a L4 L5 Pars Defect cause sciatica pain?

Can a L4 L5 Pars Defect cause sciatica pain?

The defect itself: doesn't cause radicular symptoms(sciatica), but it can result in slippage of one vertebra over another(spondylolisthesis), and extensive degenerative changes, which can. ...Read more

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How are the symptoms of L5 nerve pinching different from s1 nerve pinching?

How are the symptoms of L5 nerve pinching different from s1 nerve pinching?

In Brief...: L5 supplies the muscles that raise the big toe and foot & provides sensation to the top of the foot. S1 supplies the large calf muscles (those that "push") and provides both sensation to the outside of the foot and innervation for the "ankle jerk.". ...Read more

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Experiencing pain and tingling in left leg/foot. MRI shows herniated disc L4 L5 with L5 nerve impingement but EMG was normal. Get a 2nd EMG?

Experiencing pain and tingling  in left leg/foot. MRI shows herniated disc L4 L5 with L5 nerve impingement but EMG was normal. Get a 2nd EMG?

Physical therapy: In a case where there are symptoms of nerve impingement, and some tests show it (MRI) and others don't (EMG), this may reflect the positional and postural nature of the way our spinal cord and nerve roots move in our body. Rather than get more testing, consider physical therapy. If several weeks of PT had no benefit, then follow-up in person with a neurologist, physiatrist, or neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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Pinched nerves in neck from bulges at C5-C6 and C6-C7 via neck MRI, shoulder pain. Related? 6 MM slip at L5-S1 with pars defect and leg pain. Related? Thanks.

..Spine Specialist: 47 y/o Male w Pinched nerves in neck from bulges at C5-C6 and C6-C7 via neck MRI, shoulder pain. Related 6MM slipp at L5-S1 with pars defect and leg pain. Related? Thanks. Yes related called Degenerative Joint/ Disc disease. The Doctor who ordered the studies know what he/she is looking for Have him/her provide treatment guidance or see Spine Specialist. Thereafter mind Diet/ Exercise/ Lifestyle ...Read more

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Testicle pain 5 yrs. Maybe pudendal entrap but 1of3 blocks helped. Penineal branch& genitofemoral cut. Now sciatica. L5s1 discectomy no help. Related?

Testicle pain 5 yrs. Maybe pudendal entrap but 1of3 blocks helped. Penineal branch& genitofemoral cut. Now sciatica. L5s1 discectomy no help. Related?

Probably not: Probably not, the l5-s1 disc herniations do not affect the genital area higher disc in the lumbar spine could such as l1-l2 and l2-l3. ...Read more

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Herniated discs l4/l5, l5/s1, bilateral sacroillitis x5 years, chronic back pain and worsening leg weakness. Sick of pt, now what?

Herniated discs l4/l5, l5/s1, bilateral sacroillitis x5 years, chronic back pain and worsening leg weakness. Sick of pt, now what?

Sick of PT: Unfortunately, with your issues exercise is an important factor. Swimming is best as it can be low impact while keeping the joints moving. Si joints can be made numb with raiofrequency performed by a qualified pain doc and can last upto a year or more. Herniated discs too can be treated with minimally invasive techniques, esp if they are contained (the outer rim is intact). ...Read more

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What relief/treatment is there after severe nerve damage - resulted in constant excruciating anal nerve pain, pain block not helping, bladder affected?

What relief/treatment is there after severe nerve damage - resulted in constant excruciating anal nerve pain, pain block not helping, bladder affected?

Medications: You are describing neuropathic pain and there are medications such as gabapentin and other neuroleptics, or TCA to name a few. Discuss with your doctor for the best one for you. ...Read more

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Mri :lumbar radiculopathy l4-5, s1, edematous sciatic nerve. Severe leg pain. Epidurals not helping. Do i f?

Mri :lumbar radiculopathy l4-5, s1, edematous sciatic nerve. Severe leg pain. Epidurals not helping. Do i f?

Surgery: If you have completed a proper work-up and have failed a reasonable period of conservative care ( at least 6-8 weeks ) and you are in significant pain that prevents you from doing your normal activities, then surgery is an option to discuss with your doctor. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more

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Headaches, bone spur, pinched nerve severe pain headaches, bone spur, pinched nerve severe pain

Headaches, bone spur, pinched nerve severe pain headaches, bone spur, pinched nerve severe pain

See a Spine Surgeon: If you have some cervical spine pathologies like herniated discs, bone spurs, it can be associated with occipital headaches, neck pain, and pain down your arm. Your spine surgeon will guide you through appropriate treatment of these. ...Read more

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severe lower back pain, reduced spinal flexibility,MRI : L4-L5 & L5-S1 herniated & bulge, lumbar straightened , internal lump lower back ?

 severe lower back pain, reduced spinal flexibility,MRI : L4-L5 & L5-S1 herniated & bulge, lumbar straightened , internal lump lower back ?

Unsure therapy: With low back pain, there are a number of options depending on historical aspects. Unclear on "lumbar straightened" or the internal lump finding. Suggest strongly that you see the physician who ordered these imaging tests to create a care plan to address. Recent studies have suggested physical treatments like yoga or pilates are helpful more than use of drugs like opioids. ...Read more

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Mri shows foraminal stenosis l5-s1, l4-5, l3-4 and extrusion nearly abuts the descending bilateral s1 nerve roots. L leg is numb & painful. Surgery?

Mri shows foraminal stenosis l5-s1, l4-5,  l3-4 and extrusion nearly abuts the descending bilateral s1 nerve roots. L leg is numb & painful.  Surgery?

Would Need More Info: In general, i would need more symptoms, but what you are describing with your symptoms and the results of the mri, i would first recommend physical therapy and epidural before considering surgery. Really depends on your examination and whether there is any weakness. I would check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
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Neuralgia (Definition)

Can also be described as neuropathic pain or "nerve pain" which can occur anywhere in the body. It can also be due to many disorders such as direct nerve damage, diabetes, ...Read more


Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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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