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What Can You Take Fot Back Pain Cause By Disc Or Pinch Nerve
Back pain: A number of over the counter medications can help with mild back pain, including ibuprofen, naproxen, acetaminophen. Other prescriptions, nsaids, help with inflammation and pain. Muscle relaxants, narcotic pain meds can be given for severe pai, short term. Cortisone oral or injectable medication reduce swelling and pain. Meds for chronic nerve pain, gabapentin, can reduce pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Several : 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
Could you tell me what is the most effective pain relief for back ache caused by curved spine or worn discs?
RFA, PT, NSAIDs: Curved spine (scoliosis) and "worn discs" are extremely common in people that have no pain at all, so both of those things aren't necessarily the causes of pain. Both though, can cause pain by putting pressure on the joints in the back. A thorough evaluation by a spine specialist should be able to tell you what is causing the pain (the joints, the discs, the muscles/ligaments, etc). ...Read more
Can cervical spondylosis or a pinched nerve or a herniated disc cause a discomfort or pain to the touch at the back of the head? If yes, why?
What can you do to treat sciatic pain in the left leg caused by a herniated disc? It is unbearable.
PLEASE SEE A DOCTOR: There are several meds that work well together to help your condition. ...Read more
Spine Pain Options: This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can you tell me about the best way to alleviate pain due to a bulging herniated disk that is causing sciatica nerve pain?
Time is the best : healer as the majority of disc issues improve but exercise guided by someone experienced in this area along with avoiding activities that aggravate symptoms such as bending and twisting along with prolonged positioning. Get into shape by keeping trim, avoid smoking and develop a regular exercise regimen. Use of NSAIDs can help if no contraindications as well as epidural steroid injections too. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How long can you have a pinched nerve or a herniated disc or suffer from nerve pain? And even with mild scoliosis can this affect your disc in your back and injuries that can happen to your the rustic spine
It varies: Pain arising from a "pinched" or irritated nerve in the spine usually goes away within a few weeks to a few months depending on the cause. However in a minority of cases the pain can persist for months or even years. Scoliosis is rotation/curvature of the spine most often in the middle back (thoracic) or lower back (lumbar). This can cause added stress to the discs in your spine. ...Read more
Can piriformis muscle syndrome cause sciatica type symptoms (pain and tingling in legs). Can you suggest anything that may help relieve it?
Suggestions: Yes, if sciatic is caught by buttock muscles, pain can simulate a pinched nerve from the back, BUT you describe issues in "legs", and the bilaterality causes some concern regarding lumbar stenosis vrs peripheral neuropathy. First, get diagnosis confirmed, then if appropriate, try physical therapy or osteopathy. ...Read more
What can be done for a nerve irritation in the neck from a bulging disk at C4 and c5? Can that cause burning and numbness pain? Please help
How can I determine if my spine is out of alignment or if it's tight muscles that are causing back pain or numbness?
Spine Align & Muscle: Have you done any PT or had chiropractic tx? Could help you with determining if you have primarily a muscular source +/- a spinal source. Can pick up some spinal changes with direct exam of the back. Other spinal changes can only be seen on plain x-rays, CT, MRI, etc. See if your PCP will prescribe a topical muscle relaxant. (Flexeril) If it eases ALL symptoms, then maybe muscles are only issue. ...Read more
Can sciatica from herniated disc be only numbness/tingling or does it have to include "electricity" or "string-like" pain or pain in general?
Non operatively as : 90% get better with time but treatment can include: medication, exercise, activity modification, physical therapy & even pain management via injections like epidural steroid injections. For those that do not respond to a satisfactory degree & imaging studies correlate with symptoms & physical exam findings, surgery can be done with the type of surgery dependent on the causes of the nerve issue. ...Read more
Heat, Meds: Mild back discomfort after an epidural block is not uncommon and is self-limited. Warm compresses, a heating pad, or mild analgesics....If not contraindicated...(ibuprofen, asa, etc.) may help. It's best, however, to speak with your provider and find out if there were any unusual problems during the procedure or further needed work-up. ...Read more
Time: Often time is the best medicine. Research shows that pain from a herniated disc will resolve with conservative care and time. I would recommend physical therapy, nsaids, muscle relaxants and mild pain medication if needed. Chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation is also helpful. Mri after a few months of treatment and no improvements. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
May be in throat : If you have an herniated disc in the cervical spine you may hurt in the throat, but not in the ears. ...Read more
How can you tell the difference b/w back pain caused by muscles or muscle pull and back pain originating from the spine?
May be the same : There is a lot of overlap, and back pain can be tough to diagnose and treat. Generally, it's all coming from the same mechanism, irritated nerve fibers from spine cause pain. Often the pain causes spasm, so there is a cycle. Burning, hot, electrical or difficult to describe pain that radiates into buttocks or down leg is spine. If it's chronic and/or recurrent it's spine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It started with severe back pain and nummness and pain down right leg, chiroprictor made back better, was pinched nerve. Still having pain right thigh?
Leg pain: Your chiropracter helped the muscle pain, but it sounds like something else is going on. I would suggest you see your family doctor, an neurologist or an orthopedist and evaluate further. Nerves can be pinched by many things, including disc fragments, bone spurs and even tumors. ...Read more
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