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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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Have lumbar nerve root damage numbness in leg, ,doctor put me on Cipro for bacterial infection in urine. ,is that a good medicine ?

Have lumbar nerve root damage numbness in leg, ,doctor put me on Cipro for bacterial infection in urine. ,is that a good  medicine  ?

Please repost: Please repost and explain the relationship in your thinking between lumbar nerve root damage and a urinary tract infection. I don't see the connection. Also, please include the answer you got to your question about ciprofloxacin from the doctor who prescribed the antibiotic; or, if you did not ask your doctor, please state why not. ...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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I have a pinched lumbar nerve, tried pt but pain has got worse I can't stand to be on my feet long it goes down my leg and numbs my foot?

I have a pinched lumbar nerve, tried pt but pain has got worse I can't stand to be on my feet long it goes down my leg and numbs my foot?

Be seen: I would certainly be seen in followup, if you have not had an MRI you may need one to fully evaluate your problem. Progression in neurological symptoms, particularly if weakness develops, can sometimes be an indication for surgical intervention. ...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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I was diagnosed with Nerve root disorder, Lumbar radiculopathy, chronic, and my pain management said surgery is not needed and nothing more he can do.

Second Opinion: Your pain doctor may know much about your problem, but is not a surgeon. A surgeon has different experiences and training, and may have better insight for advanced treatments for which the pain doctor has no first hand experience. I would absolutely see a surgeon for at least an opinion. Surgery is not always the best treatment, but if it is a viable option it should be offered. ...Read more

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Mild degen changes throughout lumbar spine with prominent disc space narrowing at l2/3, no sig central stenosis or direct nerve root contact. Pls help?

Prevent DDD: Don't smoke! that is about all that is in your control. The rest is genetic predisposition, and potentially overuse (heavy labor, vibration/heavy equipment, etc.). Remember, ddd is like wrinkles of the skin. It happens! doesn't imply pain. Nothing sold over the counter has been conclusively shown to be preventative. Keep the core muscles in good shape, use good posture and ergonomics at work. ...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?

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?

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: Chronic sciatica can cause not only numbess but also weakness and with time atrophy. Unfortunately, sometimes even with surgery to decompress the nerve, the weakness and atrophy may still persist. These type of findings may be a good indication for surgery. ...Read more

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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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Is severe nerve root with paralysis of the inner left leg, and big toe paraylis surgicaly repairable. L4 L5 lumbar spine?

Is severe nerve root with paralysis of the inner left leg, and big toe paraylis surgicaly repairable. L4 L5 lumbar spine?

Radiculopathy: You don't mention what surgical procedure you've had previously, but an l4-5 entrapment would effect the lower extremity and not the thigh. That level would be l2-3. Assuming you've had the MRI you need of the lumbar spine, i'm surprised you haven't had an implanted stimulator to address the pain. Paralysis of muscle groups can become permanent if the entrapment persists long enough. ...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

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I have been having issues with my lower back and pain in my left leg that radiates down to my foot. I've had 3 L5-S1 ESI's & Left S1 Selective Nerve Root block. Now I am experiencing a vibration in my left foot. What could this be?

I have been having issues with my lower back and pain in my left leg that radiates down to my foot. I've had 3 L5-S1 ESI's & 
Left S1 Selective Nerve Root block. Now I am experiencing a vibration in my left foot. What could this be?

Back on the Block!!: That vibratory feeling could be an equivalent sensation to the pain you've had, via a slightly different nerve pathway. Your past story suggests that rather than something weird and new. The best bet would be to see if it gets worse or if it stays that way for a few weeks. In either case let your back doctor know. If you get weaker on that side, that's a warning to be seen sooner than later. ...Read more

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I got prob in my back MRI repor It says L4 L5 are narrowing n pressing nerve root what should i do N can ido jogging or running in this condition?

I got prob in my back MRI repor
It says L4 L5 are narrowing n pressing nerve root what should i do 
N can ido jogging or running in this condition?

Varies: You are describing the typical degenerative changes that can occur in the spine, usually beginning in the 30s. There is no set activity restriction. Ideally you would stay active but avoid activities that clearly aggravate it. Keep your core strong, avoid smoking, keep body weight in check. ...Read more

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My selective nerve root block relieved my leg pain for four days and back pain for 0 days. This sucks. ?

My selective nerve root block relieved my leg pain for four days and back pain for 0 days. This sucks.
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Talk to doctor: There may be other treatments and approaches. Exercise, pt, stretching can all help. ...Read more

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I have been having pain going down my leg, makes my whole leg hurt down n to my foot. Have back prob what nerve root could b doing that what will help?

Wait a minute...: Back problems are not the only things that could cause your whole leg to hurt. Without a thorough examination it would be unwise not to include the possibility of other serious conditions such as arterial vascular disease or deep vein thrombosis. You might want to consult with your family doctor to start. It would be best not to delay in seeking care for too long. ...Read more

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Can someone explain in layman's term what a dilated nerve root sleeve/Tarlov cyst at S2 (racepinephrine) means, what may have caused it and how I can inprove my back. ?

Can someone explain in layman's term what a dilated nerve root sleeve/Tarlov cyst at S2 (racepinephrine) means, what may have caused it and how I can inprove my back. ?

Congenital dilation : Dilation of a nerve root sleeve not consistantly related to any symptom , likely represents an incidental asymptomatic finding cant be related to any symptoms especially backache i would ignore it and continue search for another back pain suspect ...Read more

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Mri report annular tear with no nerve root impingment. How can this be? Having slight left leg pain and left side low back pain.

Mri report annular tear with no nerve root impingment. How can this be? Having slight left leg pain and left side low back pain.

Pain generator: The true task is to discover the pain generator, and the annular tear is unlikely to be the culprit. You might have pyriformis syndrome, peripheral sciatica, or even a sacra-iliac dysfunction. Find a physiatrist and get this diagnosed, as this will certainly facilitate your rehab. ...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?

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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Fluoroscopic guided nerve root block, what is this?

Fluoroscopy i: It's a continuous xray called fluoroscopy that helps guide a needle to your nerve roots to inject a local anesthetic or other agent to temporarily or permanently block them. ...Read more

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Lumbar (Definition)

Refers to something related to the area about the lower part of the ...Read more