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Lumbar nerve root irritation and eds type 3... 5 months later still in pain and using crutches. Will i ever recover?

Lumbar nerve root irritation and eds type 3... 5 months later still in pain and using crutches. Will i ever recover?

Discuss with: Your orthopedic doctor who has been treating you and knows your history. If you have not seen a back orthopedic doctor you nee to see one. ...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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Any side effects to lower lumbar nerve blocks?

Any side effects to lower lumbar nerve blocks?

Yes: Quite uncommon like infection, nerve damage, spinal headaches and failure to achieve goals. ...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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Can you please tell me about a lumbar nerve block?

Can you please tell me about a lumbar nerve block?

Lumbar nerve: A lumbar nerve block is 1 way to treat pain caused by compression of a lumbar nerve root. It can be done " blind" or via fluoroscopy or us guidance. Local anaesthetic and a steroid is injected close to the nerve. If the correct nerve location is identified, the pain will resolve. ...Read more

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What are the risks of a lumbar nerve block and what care should be taken afterwards?

What are the risks of a  lumbar nerve block and what care should be taken afterwards?

Epidural : The most common "lumbar nerve block" is lumbar epidural. Risks include bleeding if you are on blood thinners. Infection that may lead to meningitis so sterile technique is very important. 1 in 100 can get headache that is worse when sitting up (for midline epidural). Nerve damage, paralysis and death are very rare. Usually these are same day procedures with little down time. ...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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After a lumbar nerve block IV some numbness/drop in foot ihave feeling but little movement.Pysio thinks its from the block. Can you help explain this?

After a lumbar nerve block IV some numbness/drop in foot ihave feeling but little movement.Pysio thinks its from the block. Can you help explain this?

Normal if resolved: A nerve block means the doctor injected Lidocaine or another local anesthetic (numbing medication) around a nerve. It is done for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. It is normal, after the nerve is 'numbed' to have numbness and decreased muscle strength. It should resolve after max 12 hours (depending on medication used). If it has not resolved. Call the doctor asap for evaluation. ...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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Lumbar (Definition)

The lumbar part of the spine is the low back. It is made up of five bones (most of the time) stacked one on top of the other. They are connected by disks, facet joints, and ligaments. These soft parts allow for movement controlled by the spinal muscles; the muscles can also keep it stiff when need be. The lumbar spine also contains and protects nerves to ...Read more

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