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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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Treating a Pinched Nerve (Checklist)

Exercise and stretch
Once
Get an Xray/MRI if pain lasts more than 4 weeks
Once
See a spine/pain specialist if pain doesn't improve
Once
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Conjoined l5/s1 nerve root on rt side after spinal fusion.Scarring in the spinal canal at l4-5 especially on the rt side intervertebral foramen ?

Conjoined l5/s1 nerve root on rt side after spinal fusion.Scarring in the spinal canal at l4-5 especially on the rt side intervertebral foramen ?

Conjoined nerve root: A conjoined nerve root is a congenital condition. It cannot be acquired from surgery. It does make surgery more difficult and the patient may be more prone to radiculopathy or nerve root problems. The larger nerve root sleeve that contains to spinal nerve roots is more easily injured. ...Read more

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Is it normal for me to be having pain around rectal area? I was wondering if L5 s1 nerve's travel's to rectal area ?

Is it normal for me to be having pain around rectal area? I was wondering if L5 s1 nerve's travel's to rectal area ?

Nerve: The l6 and s1 nerves innervates the lower part of the leg and not the rectum. The lower sacral nerves are responsible for the rectum. ...Read more

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Treating a Pinched Nerve (Checklist)

Exercise and stretch
Daily
Use NSAIDs for pain relief
Daily
Get an Xray or MRI in 4 weeks if not better
Once
See a spine specialist after 6 weeks
Once
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What to do if I have been suffuring with lumbar (ddd) pain and what to do if I have been feeling pain around rectal area i was wondering if L5 s1 nerve's travel's to rectal area ?

What to do if I have been suffuring with lumbar (ddd) pain and what to do if I have been feeling pain around rectal area i was wondering if L5 s1 nerve's travel's to rectal area ?

Low back pain: The nerves of the lumbar and sacral spine do travel to the rectal area, Tailbone pain is common with degenerative disc disease (DDD) of the lumbar spine. The collapse and dehydration of the discs leads to a lack of cushioning of the vertebral bodies which leads to pain that transmits into the tailbone. See a spine specialist for relief of the pain. ...Read more

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Previous disc extrusion l5/S1 comp exit L5 & s1,s2 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 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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Treating a Pinched Nerve (Checklist)

Don't try home or OTC remedies. See a doctor.
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Determine cause, if possible, don't just treat symptoms
Once
Try a range of motion massage
Once
Consider physical therapy
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If L5 disc was herniated would it cause L5 and s1 nerve symptoms or just l5? Would L5 and SI both have to be herniated to cause those symptoms?

If L5 disc was herniated would it cause L5 and s1 nerve symptoms or just l5? Would L5 and SI both have to be herniated to cause those symptoms?

Believe it not---: Herniated L5/S1 disc could cause root symptoms of L5 but not S1, S1 but not L5 (more unlikely), L5 & S1 (common), L4 & L5 (tough but not impossible), or NO symptoms (unusual). With your pain symptoms shooting down the leg an L5 nerve root compression is virtually a gimme. To know if S1 or L4 are affected needs an exam. Wanna talk? www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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