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What Can I Do For A Pinched Nerve
I am taking oxycodone plus tramadol for a pinched nerve but it's not helping the pain at all. What can I do for a pinched nerve?
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
What can I do for a pinched nerve I have on my lower back? It also goes down my right leg towards the back right above the knee.
Sciatica: Low back, buttock and "shooting" leg pain are all symptoms of a pinched nerve. It sounds like you may have that problem. If the pain is severe and limiting your activity still, the best non-narcotic medications that I have found to work for my patients are antiinflammatories such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen which are over-the-counter medications. Other non-narcotic medications include tramadol (ultram) which requires a prescription and nerve-pain medications such as gabapentin. These are all to be taken for temporary pain relief. This type of pain typically resolves with time. Ask your primary physician about these if the pain is still limiting you. If it is still going on for more than a month an MRI may be helpful to help sort out what is going on and there could be other potential treatments outside of surgery that could benefit you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Pinched nerve: Consult an orthopedic specialist for workup & tx recommendations. ...Read more
Time, medication...: Time is the biggest factor as most disc problems resolve. Activity modification, traction, wearing a support, exercise/physical therapy, medication & epidural steroid injections are options. Regular exercise and smoking cessation play a role in maintaining a healthy spine. In 10% of disc herniations, surgery indicated with 90% success rate in a non smoker assuming this is due to a disc issue ...Read more
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