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Doctor insights on: What To Do For A Pinched Nerve In The Back

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How do you treat a pinched nerve in the back?

How do you treat a pinched nerve in the back?

PinchedNerveTeatment: Depends on the cause, most common being nerve compression by adjacent anatomic structures (eg discs, degenerative arthritis). In absence of progressive neurological deficit, a trial of conservative (meds, pt, epidural injections) may be tried. If this fails and/or neurological deficit progressive, surgery may be next best step. ...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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Could it happen that a pinched nerve in the back cause constipation?

Could it happen that a pinched nerve in the back cause constipation?

Constipation: Pinched nerves in lumbar spine will cause either back pain, or shooting pains/numbness/weakness down the leg. Constipation would result from inactivity, or medications like narcotics, ssri/antidepressants, muscle relaxers, or neuropathic pain meds. ...Read more

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What is the most accurate test that will locate a pinched nerve in the back? I experience a lot of pain in the front of my thighs comes and goes 4 days

What is the most accurate test that will locate a pinched nerve in the back? I experience a lot of pain in the front of my thighs comes and goes 4 days

NCV: A MRI is the standard imaging test but a nerve conduction velocity/ EMG is probably the most sensitive test for nerve impingement. A good physical examination combined with your history will go a long way as well. See a medical professional. ...Read more

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Will a pinched nerve in the back cause pain and swelling in the knee?

Will a pinched nerve in the back cause pain and swelling in the knee?

Knee and spine: No but low back related weakness and proprioception problems around the knee joint can exaggerate and accelerate the wear and tear that a knee endures, and sometimes is a fundamental aggravating, causative factor. ...Read more

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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.

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 more

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Please let me know if there is any help for a pinched nerve in L4 & L5 in lower back?

Please let me know if there is any help for a pinched nerve in L4 & L5 in lower back?

Many options!: However, this is as long as there are not motor deficits (weakness) yet. If there is weakness, it becomes a more important discussion. If no weakness, and stable, then physical therapy should be your first stop. From there, epidural injections can be helpful, as well as medications, including oral steroids acutely can help. Many modalities, including things like acupuncture. Avoid sx until needed. ...Read more

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Is traction or acupuncture best for a pinched nerve in lower back?

Is traction or acupuncture best for a pinched nerve in lower back?

Traction/acupuncture: Great question: the real answer is nobody knows. They have never been compared head-to-head in any sort of controlled trial. They are both treatments that can be beneficial and i would suggest doing both of them. Consider epidurals too. When dealing with a pinched nerve, i think the most important thing is to know if there is nerve damage (an EMG will diagnose). If so, surgery is warrante. ...Read more

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I'm on vicodin for a pinched nerve in my back and i need to take an antacid cause i'm refluxing bad can I take alkaseltzer cause it has aspirin in it?

I'm on vicodin for a pinched nerve in my back and i need to take an antacid cause i'm refluxing bad can I take alkaseltzer cause it has aspirin in it?

You may want to see: Your doctor about your symptoms to make sure there is not an ulcer or gastritis issue for your back pain in the first place and your doctor may suggest other medication that may be more appropriate for your symptoms especially if the pain may be causing a stress type reaction to your stomach or are you also taking non steroidal anti inflammatories as well which cause GI symptoms in 10% taking them. ...Read more