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Is it possible to lay football after a disc protrusion at l4/l5 indenting on the interior thecal sac containing both L5 nerve roots at he central cana?

Is it possible to lay football after a disc protrusion at l4/l5 indenting on the interior thecal sac containing both L5 nerve roots at he central cana?

Depends: If you have fully recovered and have strengthened your core back muscles, and have no nerve symptoms, it may be okay. See your spinal specialist about your particular situation. ...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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F, 43, severe central disc bulge at L5/S1 cause severe thecal sac compression wt possible impingement at L5 nerve roots bilaterally. What does it mean?

F, 43, severe central disc bulge at L5/S1 cause severe thecal sac compression wt possible impingement at L5 nerve roots bilaterally. What does it mean?

Lumbar disk disease: These findings are typical for someone who has back pain related to lumbar disk disease or sciatica.
The good news is that most of the time this kind of problem resolves with time. Get a referral to a good physical therapist and this can help, ...Read more

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Bulging of l5/s1 combined w loss of disc space height causing moderate bilateral neural foraminal stenosis slight compression of L5 nerve roots?

Bulging of l5/s1 combined w loss of disc space height causing moderate bilateral neural foraminal stenosis slight compression of L5 nerve roots?

What is the question: You have not asked a question. What you have is osteoarthritis at l5-s1 of a moderate degree. If back pain is a significant issue you have several options that can help. See an orthopedist or rheumatologist. ...Read more

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My MRI showed bulging disc L5S1 and moderate neuroforaminal compromise worse on left side with possible impingment of both exiting L5 nerve roots?

My MRI showed bulging disc L5S1 and moderate neuroforaminal compromise worse on left side with possible impingment of both exiting L5 nerve roots?

MRI: Ok you just read the MRI report. This means nothing alone. What to do depends on symptoms and exam. Unfortunately - medicine has lost sight of these components (good history and full exam). If you have no symptoms - do nothing. ...Read more

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I had an MRI in June and it showed bulging disc L5S1 and moderate neuroforaminal compromise with impingment of both exiting L5 nerve roots what to do?

I would encourage: You to sit down with your neurologist/ neurosurgeon to discuss your treatment options. We don't even know if you are symptomatic. We aren't in the position to provide you with the guidance you are requesting. Take care. ...Read more

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I had an emg today, doctor found, chronic denervation in bilateral L5 nerve roots, does this explain my pain in both my legs and my back?

I had an emg today, doctor found, chronic denervation in bilateral L5 nerve roots, does this explain my pain in both my legs and my back?

Possible: Problems with the L5 roots can cause both back and leg pain. Confirming with EMG that the root has been affected is helpful but it might not be the only reason for your pain. Discussing these findings with your doctor in view of your overall symptoms and other tests is important. ...Read more

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Large L5S1 disc extrusion compressing L5 nerve & s1s2 nerve roots. Sciatica&numbness in foot. Can I swim or will it aggravate problem.

Large L5S1 disc extrusion compressing L5 nerve & s1s2 nerve roots. Sciatica&numbness in foot. Can I swim or will it aggravate problem.

TimeOfStrifeSeeKnife: Swimming is a good idea but just go easy at first and see how you do. You'll know if you overdid it if you get too sore within 48 hours (at your tender age). Might be a good idea to get an instructor or therapist to help you at the beginning, if possible--even a friend. And be sure to exercise the arms and chest. Breast stroke with a gentle kick. But it sounds like you'll need more than swimming. ...Read more

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Following a bilateral L5 nerve root decompression with erythematous and compressed nerve roots, how common is nerve enhancement as a temp condition?

Following a bilateral L5 nerve root decompression with erythematous and compressed nerve roots, how common is nerve enhancement as a temp condition?

Post laminectomy: If by nerve enhancement you mean nerve related symptoms, they may linger on due to post operative inflammation for 4-6 weeks, but should be much milder andimproving. If symptoms are worsening or staying the same, see your neurosurgeon. Some people suffer from chronic prolonged symptoms from post laminectomy syndrome that requires further treatments. ...Read more

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Mri says mild desiccation, slight loss disc height at l5s1, broad based central left sided disc protusion which abuts s1 nerve roots l5.Please explain?

Mri says mild desiccation, slight loss disc height at l5s1, broad based central left sided disc protusion which abuts s1 nerve roots l5.Please explain?

Where the: Nerve roots that are going down your leg where there is a protrusion are getting pressure and that is probably where the piano is from. Surgery probably won't help but steroid injections into the area of pressure might. If that fails surgery might be a last resort depending on how bad the disc protrusion is. I have seen them take out the disc if all conservative management has failed. ...Read more

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Previous disc extrusion l5/S1 comp exit L5 & s1, s2 (racepinephrine) nerve roots. Could this now be causing freezing and sore toes. Or can this only be circulatory?

Previous disc extrusion l5/S1 comp exit L5 & s1, s2 (racepinephrine) nerve roots. Could this now be causing freezing and sore toes. Or can this only be circulatory?

Neuro or Circulation: A L5 S1 nerve root compression can cause you to have sensory complaints in the toes, and can be responsible for the feeling that the toes are cold or that they are sore. It is possible that you could also have a nerve compression further down the chain in your leg, ankle or foot, as well as another neurological condition. Circulation can be responsible for those symptoms ruled out by vasc test. ...Read more

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Mri results said I had a large disc protrusion impinging on L5 nerve, and deformity of spinal canal/sacral nerve roots. Surgery? The report says: large 7mm posterior disc protrusion (l4-l5 disc)measuring up to 13mm in width. It is obliterating the right la

Mri results said I had a large disc protrusion impinging on L5 nerve, and deformity of spinal canal/sacral nerve roots. Surgery? The report says: large 7mm posterior disc protrusion (l4-l5 disc)measuring up to 13mm in width. It is obliterating the right la

Right: Right l4-5 disk herniation can be treated with rest, physical therapy, medications, steroid injections and surgery. Surgery is a good treatment if the disk is causing right leg pain and you have failed other conservative treatments I mentioned. Today disk surgery can be done extremely minimally invasive through the spine endoscope. Please see my health guide on lumbar disk herniations. Good luck! ...Read more

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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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What are L4 and L5 nerve damage symptoms?

Back and leg pain: The L4 and L5 nerve roots make up part of the sciatic nerve, typically cause low back pain, buttock pain and pain into the calf and foot. ...Read more

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I have an mri that shows impingement on the right L5 nerve root. What does this mean please??

I have an mri that shows impingement on the right L5 nerve root. What does this mean please??

Pinched nerve: Dictionaries define impingement as making an impression, having an effect or impact, upon something. In this case, something is encroaching on your nerve. This is often referred to as a pinched nerve, leading to pain, numbness, tingling, perhaps even weakness or loss of bowel/bladder control. Last 2 symptoms need emergent evaluation. Chat w/ordering doc about treatment options for neuropathic pain ...Read more

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What are treatment options (including exercise, pt, chyro) for L5 nerve root causing pain that radiates all the way to foot?

What are treatment options (including exercise, pt, chyro) for L5 nerve root causing pain that radiates all the way to foot?

Nsaids, pt, shot, sx: Typically my progression of treatments will
begin with nsaids and sometimes an oral
steroid if very painful.
I will also utilize physical therapy and usually
most will resolve over 3-4 weeks.
For those who still have a large amount of
pain and do not improve, epiduals becomes
the next line of treatment
usually except in certain emergencies,
surgery is the last option. ...Read more

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Posterior left disc herniation 6.3x10.5mm impinging on the left s1 nerve root also a degree of narrowing of the left neural foramen impinging L5 nerve?

Posterior left disc herniation 6.3x10.5mm impinging on the left s1 nerve root also a degree of narrowing of the left neural foramen impinging L5 nerve?

Disc protrusion: The L5-S1 disc is very susceptible to protrusion since it gets more load than most other lumbar discs. The disc is impinging on the nerve roots as they exits the spinal canal. Your neurologist might suggest conservative approaches like muscle strengthening exercises & physical therapy to help address your pain. Http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/herniateddisk. Html ...Read more

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Is it only the L5 nerve that runs over the SI joint if I had anything up with the joints and it affected the nerve would I get just the L5 pain route?

Is it only the L5 nerve that runs over the SI joint if I had anything up with the joints and it affected the nerve would I get just the L5 pain route?

The answer varies: Normally the SI sacroiliac joint and the L5 nerve root are not close enough to affect each other.

SI joint symptoms- low back pain, soreness with palpation

L5 nerve root symptoms- outer lower leg numbness, decreased quadriceps reflex ...Read more

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Is severe nerve root damage surgicaly repairable at the L4 L5 nerve root with paralysis of the inner left leg.?

Nerve injury: The L5 nerve root exits at the l4/5 level and is responsible for raising the foot and big toe. The nerve can be be repaired but the recovery can be months. In addition to nerve cream, a tens unit, neuropathic oral medications, and a trial of spinal cord stimulation can used to relieve or eliminate the pain. See a neurosurgeon for evaluation. ...Read more

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I had an MRI that shows mild degenerative changes at l4-l5 w/ broad based disc posterior protusion inoving l5 nerve root. Would steriod injection help?

The anatomy: Is not as indicative of steroid injection helping as the course of the pain. Steroids are anti-inflammatory. If there is sudden, incapacitating pain, it might be inflamed. If it is steady, chronic pain, it is not as likely taht an anti-inflammatory will do anything. ...Read more

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The major focal abnormality is a right posterolateral disc protrusion at l4/5 with some thecal and right L5 nerve root compression. Pls explain?

Bulging disc: It says that there is a bulging disc at level of L4-5 in your spine. There is some pressure on the nerve root, which is probably causing your back pain and nerve issues locally to that area. ...Read more

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Hi, impressions show compression of L5 nerve root spinalcanal narrowing bilateral neural foraminal narrowing at L4 l5.diffuse posterior disc bulge at?

Sounds like a fairly: Typical read for a male over 50 years old. Many findings are normal for age and sex as described here. They may not be related to symptoms or may cause symptoms. That is why a careful history and physical exam must be done in conjunction with imaging studies to fully assess the issues presented by the patient. ...Read more

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If tingling/buzzing on big toe then L5 nerve is being irritated, And if buzzing on little toe then s1 irritated so L5 and s1 would both be irritated?

If tingling/buzzing on big toe then L5 nerve is being irritated, And if buzzing on little toe then s1 irritated so L5 and s1 would both be irritated?

Possible: Inflammation and swelling to the lower back region-lumbar/sacral area can create symptoms at multiple levels. There are diagnostic tests that can be performed to determine involvement. I would recommend seeing either a neurologist or orthopedist specializing in the spine. A chiropractic physician may also be of benefit. ...Read more

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Osteophyte formation appears to abut the exiting s1, l5 nerve root. I have back and r leg pain and leg tingling and numbness. What does above MRI mean?

Pinch: The changes you describe on your MRI suggest your leg tingling it's due to some punching of the nerve. Sometimes it gets better on it's own. Sometimes a cortisone shot under x-Ray can help settle it down. Surgery...usually not the option of first resort, but it has it's role in these things. ...Read more

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What does Abutment of the L5 nerve root mean caused by disc bulge at L4-5 showed on my ct scan. What would the treatment be 4 this if any?

What does Abutment of the L5 nerve root mean caused by disc bulge at L4-5 showed on my ct scan. What would the treatment be 4 this if any?

It means: That the disc is bulging out of its normal confines and touching the nerve root. It may or may not be causing symptoms, talk to your doc about whether your symptoms are referable to that nerve root. Treatment would be conservative in all likelihood. ...Read more

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Can permanent L5 nerve damage cause weakness and cramps in the calf muscle as well as buttock and leg pain?

Can permanent L5 nerve damage cause weakness and cramps in the calf muscle as well as buttock and leg pain?

L5 nerve damage: Hello. Did you have a nerve conduction test (electrodes placed on skin to test problems with nerves) with muscle test part (We call "EMG") where a needle is placed in the muscle to listen for new or old changes in the muscles? If L5 related, pain & cramps should be outer hip, side of thigh & calf & top of foot to big toe. IF S1 nerve is involved, then butt, back of leg, outer foot 4th & 5th toe ...Read more

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Mri states severe bilateral neural foraminal encroachment with L4 and L5 nerve root compression. Have had esi no help severe pain gait and motoring issues. Spinal surgeon says see neurologist what sho?

Mri states severe bilateral neural foraminal encroachment with L4 and L5 nerve root compression. Have had esi no help severe pain gait and motoring issues. Spinal surgeon says see neurologist what sho?

Good First Step: As an anesthesiologist and internist, I completely agree with your surgeon. The first step is to evaluate your candidacy for either pt or transforaminal (ct- guided) injection before going to the slightly more invasive percutaneous, or open surgical, discectomy. It's wise to approach your condition "conservatively, " unless severe pain or loss of nerve function require more rapid action. No worries. ...Read more

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Doctor said I have lumbar spondylosis, mass effect right L4 L5 nerve root, but left leg numb and dr did epordiaol injection on left L5S1 why?

Please repost: Please repost and include the answers to your questions given to you by the doctor who made the diagnosis and did rhe injection; or, if you did not ask the doctor, please state why you did not ask him/her and why you're posting the question for online doctors who have no direct knowledge of your case. ...Read more