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How do you know if you have a pinched nerve in your back?

How do you know if you have a pinched nerve in your back?

Pinched nerve: Pain is the most common sign with pain in the back and then sometimes radiating down the leg. In more severe cases there can be weakness and numbness in the legs. ...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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How do they treat a pinched nerve in your back that is causing pains all they way down your leg to your foot?

How do they treat a pinched nerve in your back that is causing pains all they way down your leg to your foot?

A number of ways: There are a number of possible treatments for a pinched nerve. These include (but are not limited to) steroid injections, surgical decompression, physical therapy and osteopathic manipulation. What particular treatment you receive will depend on the severity of your symptoms and the skill and expertise of your treating physician. ...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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Is it a good idea to see a chiropractor for a pinched nerve in my lower back. I also have 3 slipped discs?

Is it a good idea to see a chiropractor for a pinched nerve in my lower back. I also have 3 slipped discs?

Yes: Yes, I think it is fine to see a chiropractor for your back, it is an accepted treatment for patients with back problems. If it is not helpful, you can see an md for a second opinion, but there are many people who can get good symptom improvement through chiropractic care. ...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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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

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What can cause a pinched nerve in back?

What can cause a pinched nerve in back?

USUALLY a disc: A 'pinched nerve' can be due to a 'bulging disc' or a 'bone spur' or a combination of both. ...Read more

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How can I treat a pinched nerve in my back?

How can I treat a pinched nerve in my back?

Thorough evaluation: Start with your primary care physician to begin work up, order appropriate studies, and decide if you need a referral to a spine specialist (neuro or ortho spine surgeon). Not every disc herniation needs surgery - usually a last resort. Start with medications, physical therapy, chiropractic manipulation, injections. If you are still having trouble despite these treatments, seek a surgical opinion. ...Read more

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What works in taking care of a pinched nerve in my back?

What works in taking care of a pinched nerve in my back?

Pinched Nerve: A pinched nerve is typically still intact and does not need 'to heal'. The reason for the pinching is typically arthritis or a herniated disc for example, and that needs to be diagnosed correctly before we know what to do for it. Maintaining flexibility is hugely important and anti-inflammatories (ibuprofen-like meds) can be helpful too... Find a good ortho spine doc to diagnose the problem. Thx! ...Read more

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What can I do to stop the pain, from a pinched nerve in my back?

Seen a doctor yet?: A pinched nerve (e.g. Sciatica) may cause severe pain and disability. If anti-inflammatories and usual pain meds have not controlled the pain then oral steroids (e.g. Medrol dose pak) followed by an injection may get the 'inflamed nerve' -under control. Other meds for 'nerve pain' may also help: Gabapentin or lyrica (pregabalin). Hope you are better soon! ...Read more

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Pinched nerve in the middle of my back, any way to find fast relief?

Pinched nerve in the middle of my back, any way to find fast relief?

Muscle spasm: Most back pain at your age is probably related to muscle spasm. Try bending over, twisting torso R/L and leaning over R/L. See if any of these maneuvers stretch the spasm out. ...Read more

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Will pool pt actually help a pinched nerve in my back, I have been suffering for 9 months.?

It may: There is sufficient evidence to suggest that therapeutic aquatic exercise is potentially beneficial to patients suffering from chronic low back pain. It can not "change the anatomy" of what is causing the pinch but it can provide an environment in which you could potentially exercise more, decrease the pain, and improve your function. ...Read more

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I had a pinched nerve in my back the pain went away but my back feels funny and i can't stand for long why?

I had a pinched nerve in my back the pain went away but my back feels funny and i can't stand for long why?

This pain that you : Had may have been friim a joint in the back known as a facet joint or from a disc issue. The facet joints are under load with standing while the discs tend to be under a higher load when sitting. So you need to exercise to strengthen your core muscle groups to help support your spine. See your doctor or a physical therapist for some exercise recommendations ...Read more

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Was told yesterday that I have the symptoms of a pinched nerve but don't have a pinched nerve. What is going? My back feels like it is out

Unsure: It depends on your symptoms and where they are located. You can have irritation of a nerve without it being 'pinched'. How do you know it is not pinched? Have you had imaging (which you may not need) to prove whether it is affected? ...Read more

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Symptoms of pinched nerve in lower back?

Leg pain: "pinched nerve" implies a pinched spinal nerve root, if thats what you mean. Symptoms are usually pain into the buttock and down the leg at least to the knee , sometimes the foot or inner thigh. ...Read more

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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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