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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

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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Tissue compresses the descending left s1 nerve root within the lateral recess against the l5/s1 facet joint. What does this mean?

Tissue compresses the descending left s1 nerve root within the lateral recess against the l5/s1 facet joint. What does this mean?

Means the Lt S1 nerv: e is pinched between some tissue and the bone behind the nerve root. Most likely cause is a Bulging or herniated disc causing this. See your Local Spine surgeon who can examine you and co-relate your clinical and MRI findings for you and chalk a plan of care for you. Good luck. ...Read more

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Treating a Pinched Nerve (Checklist)

Exercise and stretch
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Get an Xray/MRI if pain lasts more than 4 weeks
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See a spine/pain specialist if pain doesn't improve
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L5-s1 level, mild broad-based posterior disk bulge, left sided laminectomy enhancing postoperative scar tissue abutting the left s1 nerve root means?

L5-s1 level, mild broad-based posterior disk bulge, left sided laminectomy enhancing postoperative scar tissue abutting the left s1 nerve root means?

Complicated: The scar, may or may not be the reason for the residual pain. If there is no pain, nothing to do, if pain is substantial, there are many factors which need to be considered, historically and radio graphically to understand the situation and to make decisions. ...Read more

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L5s1 laminoforaminotomy aug 2012.Recent MRI shows L5 s1 disc herniation. Scar tissue abutting s1 nerve root neural cysts. Is another surgery an opt?

L5s1 laminoforaminotomy aug 2012.Recent MRI shows L5 s1 disc herniation. Scar tissue abutting s1 nerve root neural cysts. Is another surgery an opt?

Yes, but....: Having another surgery is an option, but you should try conservative treatment like physical therapy first if you are having pain. Every time that you have surgery, you create more scar tissue. Before proceeding with surgery again, you should get a second opinion from another neurosurgeon or orthopedist. ...Read more

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Treating a Pinched Nerve (Checklist)

Exercise and stretch
Daily
Use NSAIDs for pain relief
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Get an Xray or MRI in 4 weeks if not better
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See a spine specialist after 6 weeks
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Treatments options for l5/s1 disc extrusion that effaces the s1 nerve root along with mild anterposterial congenital spinal stenosis of the lumbar spi?

Treatments options for l5/s1 disc extrusion that effaces the s1 nerve root along with mild anterposterial congenital spinal stenosis of the lumbar spi?

You're the patient..: ...not the MRI. You didn't just wander into an MRI facility one day & make an impulse purchase. You saw a doctor with symptoms & signs and that's why an MRI was done. You need to repost with WHY you got the MRI. ...Read more

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Pain and weakness in the back of my left leg, mostly calve muscle. Is it piriformis sydrome or more likely l5/s1 disc bulge pressing on s1 nerve root?

Pain and weakness in the back of my left leg, mostly calve muscle. Is it piriformis sydrome or more likely l5/s1 disc bulge pressing on s1 nerve root?

See your doctor.: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...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
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Try a range of motion massage
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Consider physical therapy
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