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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

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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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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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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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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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Can a left retroverted hip and a right anteverted hip cause right lumbar back pain and nerve root irritation?

Can a left retroverted hip and a right anteverted hip cause right lumbar back pain and nerve root irritation?

Hip version: Indirectly, yes, especially if you already have preexisting bulging discs or some form of impingement. You may get referred nerve root pain. ...Read more

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I was diagnosis w/ lumbar spondylolysis, bilateral nerve root impingement and radiculitis w/ L5 being slipped forward. Surgery or long-term pain management?

I was diagnosis w/ lumbar spondylolysis, bilateral nerve root impingement and radiculitis w/ L5 being slipped forward. Surgery or long-term pain management?

Surgery: Sometimes it solves with pain control, pain procedures (epidurals w/local anesthetic and steroids). After reducing the inflammation the disk if it is intact could slip backwards in place. The spondilosis is a chronic condition similar to the osteoarthritis that can not be cured like the disk herniation.I think you meant spondylolisthesis. Surgery can be efficient but also can have complications. ...Read more

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Can a person loose muscle mass in the leg from having a compressed nerve in the lumbar spine right at the nerve root and if so is the reversible ?

Can a person loose muscle mass in the leg from having a compressed nerve in the lumbar spine right at the nerve root and if so is the reversible ?

Yes: Regardless of injury or surgery, weakness is a process of nerve injury. Nervous tissue takes a very long time to heal, however if the nerve does not get any signals to move a muscle from you then that muscle will atrophy. That is difficult to overcome but not impossible. Keep activating those muscles to preserve your strength! ...Read more

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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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