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What can I used for pinched nerve in the lumbar spine ?

What can I used for pinched nerve in the lumbar spine
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Pinched nerve: The answer depends on the meaning of the pinched nerve. I need further information to comment on this. A complete neurological exam is necessary to make sure there is no ruptured disc or other symptoms like pain radiating to legs. If it means simple low back due to muscle spasm, then simple stretches, ibuprofen, and moist heat may help. But i need further medical information regarding pinch nerve. ...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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When would it be necessary to go to ER for a pinched nerve in the lumbar spine?

When would it be necessary to go to ER for a pinched nerve in the lumbar spine?

If you know for sure: it is only a pinched nerve, and nothing more serious, you should go to ED if there is intractable pain, paralysis, or bladder/bowel problems. Otherwise, consult with your doctor at his office or clinic. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve somewhere in the lumbar spine cause localized swelling in the leg?

Can a pinched nerve somewhere in the lumbar spine cause localized swelling in the leg?

Not at all: Localized swelling in a limb implies that there is a local inflammatory reaction going on or possibly a vascular block a pinched nerve, however, will cause pain, numbness, and tingling. Some people describe a feeling as if they were swollen but swelling does not actually occur in a localized area as you are describing. ...Read more

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Will a CT scan of the lumbar spine post fusion without contrast show pinched nerves or just bone structure and hardware?

Limitations: No, a better view of nerve compression will be available if MRI is chosen, but the CAT does reveal nice images of fusion integrity, and surrounding vertebral bodies and foramina. ...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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So it is possible an inflamed nerve in lumbar spine can cause feeling to urinate? My doctor said mri next will this find it?

So it is possible an inflamed nerve in lumbar spine can cause feeling to urinate? My doctor said mri next will this find it?

Urinary urge: Typically the urge to urinate in a young male is caused by problems in the bladder or genitalia. Therefore unless those areas have been already evaluated it would not be prudent to do a lumbar mri ...Read more

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Can the experts please talk about the nerves of the lumbar spine?

Lumber nerves.: 5 sets of nerves ( one on each side, r & l) from each of the 5 lumber vertebral level. The lower ones, along with the upper sacral ones, combine to make the sciatic nerve. ...Read more

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Could a dilated batson's plexus compress against nerves in the lumbar spine?

Unlikely: Batson's plexus is the name for the veins that surround the vertebral bodies. Veins are very compressible so they are unlikely to cause any pressure on nerves. ...Read more

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Could a dilated batson's plexus compress against nerves in the lumbar spine?

Not typically: The batson's plexus significance is that it's a network of veins without valves. Typically veins have valves, due to the low pressure in the venous system, to decrease the chance of flow backup within the system. The batson's plexus connects the deep pelvic veins & thoracic veins, & with no valves can easily serve as conduit for infection/cancer cells to travel from pelvic structures to the spine. ...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