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Which Pain Medication Is Prescribed For Relief Of A Pinched Nerve
There are 3 classes of medications for this type of pain:
1- anti-inflammatory: steroids (solumedrol, decadron, etc)and nsaids (ibuprofen, motrin, naprosyn, (naproxen) etc)
2- muscle relaxants (e.g., soma, flexeril)
3- narcotics (vicodin, oxycodone, etc)
i prefer using classes 1 and 2 before resorting to class 3. ...Read more
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
Back pain: Often times, conservative treatment such as physical therapy (including strengthening and stretching) and anti-inflammatory medications will work. It would also be reasonable to try massage, ice or heat, or over the counter creams such as aspercreme or capsaicin creme. See a physician if your symptoms do not improve - further treatment options would include spinal injections and even surgery. ...Read more
See DO: 1st you need to find out if it is sciatica. Tight/spasmed glutehip muscles, misaligned pelvis can also cause similar symptoms. Dos are dr who have also been trained to diagnose & treat muscular/skeletal problems using techniques to relax muscles, realign bones & in general bring the body back into normal alignment. These techniques are used in addition to regular medical treatments/medications. ...Read more
Due to a pinched nerve-took 12mnths to diagnose-i now suffer with anxiety. Is this plus the medication im on make it more difficult to get prpregnant?
Pinched nerve: Hello, sorry you are in so much pain around the holidays. You may want o check with your doctor or psychiatrist related to pain which can make the depression worse. An anti-anxiety medication may help in your case such as a small does of Klonopin (clonazepam) for the anxiety. Again, check with your doctor. I hope you feel better soon. ...Read more
Possibly pinched nerve in upper left shoulder area. Radiates up neck and down left arm. Very painfully. Only relief when I lay flat on back.
Aggravated a pinched nerve during recent move. Left arm/hand going numb at night. Is there sleeping position that could provide some relief?
Severe neck-shoulder-arm pain (r side) (throbbing/pulsating/sharp stabbing). 2 months) X-ray done (normal). Doctor thinks pinched nerve. Relief laying?
Maybe: This one is hard to say without examining your shoulder as it can be hard to distinguish pain arising from shoulder conditions such as impingement or rotator cuff tendonitis from neck conditions such as bulging disc. Need to be examined to truly discern where the problem is from. Xrays can be normal in either condition. ...Read more
Why would my Dr. Decline a refill on a previously prescribed 20mg dose of Prednisone for a recurring pinched nerve?
Recurrent radicular: I would never prescribed more than one course of steroids for an episode of radiculopathy. Even one course maybe too many. If does not resolve with rest, anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy and epidural injection, then surgeryrecommended. Steroids only relief while taking them and infrequently give any long-term benefit while ensuring long-term harm. ...Read more
Dr. Prescribed 20mg Prednisone for pinched nerve. Is this just treating symptoms or actually addressing the cause perhaps the inflammation?
Anti-inflammatory: Prednisone is an anti-inflammatory. It does not correct the original cause but does allow the area to have time to heal perhaps. The side effects can be very problematic, so it is for short term use but for some, that's enough. Discuss your situation with your doctor to understand the expected effects. Best! ...Read more
Dr. Prescribed a 14 day course of Prednisone for a diagnosed pinched nerve in arm. Does this just treat symptoms or address cause? Will pain return?
Oral Pred: This is considered useless by most evidence reviewed papers. If it went away, nature did it and it can easily reoccur. ...Read more
Prescribed pred for poss. Pinched nerve in neck & inject. Toradol have been experiencing: facial flushing, headache should I go to er? Worried
Drug effects: Prednisone & other steroids commonly cause headache, flushing, even acne-like rashes (as well as other not so nice reactions). Neither Prednisone nor toradol are desirable as long term treatment of spinal problems or pinched nerves (with rare exceptions such as ankylosing spondylitis resistant to other therapies). ...Read more
was prescribed Medrol 4mg dosepack today and just worried about the other med I take : Synthroid (thyroxine) and zestorectc. It is for pinched nerve in shoulder.
Chronic TERRIBLE back pain & can't get it to go away (see medication list for details) I've had PT. Didn't help. Wat do I do I have pinched nerves?
I have scoliosis that does not require surgery. Constant muscular pain with pinched nerves and spasms at times. Will phy. Therapy help or medications?
At your age with a: Scoliosis that does not need surgery, then you need to be evaluated as to why you have these symptoms as classic idiopathic scoliosis of a non surgical degree is without symptoms. So a correct diagnosis and then treatment plan that may include pt and/or medication or even just lifestyle changes like regular exercise, weight control and avoiding smoking. See a physician who specializes in spine. ...Read more
I have several old injuries to my back, like dislocated tail bone which caused pinched nerves and broken vertebras. Anyway, I recently rehurt my back and I'm in a huge amount of pain. I've tried 800mg Motrin and flex aril that the er prescribed but noth
Suggestions: Would visit a physiatrist and try to localize cause of your discomfort. Meds are merely palliative, and will coverup but not cure. Physical therapy may be useful, and eventually a back exercise program will help. You may benefit from back injections, acupuncture, osteopathic treatments, or even prolotherapy, but you need to uncover pain generator! ...Read more
Nerve impingement: Is a very common problem, affecting about 10-12% percent of the adult population in the us. Nerve impingement can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging disc or encroached upon by bony overgrowth. It can cause severe vision impairment and muscle spasms. Rec.: see an interventional pain management specialist for further investigation. ...Read more
Might work: First you need to know which nerve is pinched and how it came about. The essence of sound medical treatment is to correct the underlying cause of a condition, rather than simply treat symptoms. Ice or any topical treatment or any medication will not correct an anatomical defect. Get diagnosed--then treat. ...Read more
Varies: It varies based upon the degree of your symptoms and the extent that they are aggravated by activity. Ideally you would stay as active as possible without aggravating your symptoms. Some people are able to work, while others are not. ...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
Nerve impingement: Can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging disc. It can cause muscle spasm and back pain. This condition must be professionally managed. See an interventional pain management specialist for definitive diagnosis and management. See your dentist for tooth pain. ...Read more
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
Pinched nerve Rx:
What you should do depends on where the nerve is pinched. It could be in the arm, the leg or along the side of the spine. There is not enough room to write all the answers- you may find these links helpful:
http://www. Neurocuro. Com/peripheral-nerve-entrapment/
http://www. Neurocuro. Com/radiculopathy/ ...Read more
Pinched Nerves: Pinched nerves can progressively worsen. Would initiate ice and anti-inflammatories and pain medication. Surgical removal is indicated in intractable cases, when the offending agent remains pressing on the nerve possibly causing pain, numbness, tingling, or even weakness... You should see a physician if the weakness or pain are significant. ...Read more
It depends on area: It depends on the the location of the pinched nerve. If it's in the neck you will have pain traveling down your arm. It may also be accompanied by numbness and/or weakness in the arm as well. If it is in the middle back these symptoms may wrap around your ribcage and if in the lower back they may radiate down your leg. ...Read more
The senses: Most of them time your doctor can diagnose a pinched nerve by letting you tell your story in your own words and by examining you. Depending on the type of pinched nerve you have, an imaging study, preferably mri, and possibly nerve studies may be needed to confirm the diagnosis and to help tailor the most effective treatment plan for you. ...Read more
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
Generic answer: Variety of different approaches based on which nerve, and where. Surgery might be an answer for ruptured disc, pinching nerve in neck or back. Carpal tunnel, cubital tunnel, nerves decompressed at wrist and elbow. Sometimes local steroid injections, even epidural steroids may stabilize the compression. Never hurts to supplement with one b-100 complex daily, and meds useful for symptoms. ...Read more
Disc herniation: Natural history, or the normal healing process, varies between people. However, symptoms can begin and disappear in days. Generally, I give my patients 6 weeks to 3 months for healing. Thereafter, it is likely to be prolonged without surgical treatment. The benefit of surgery is faster return to work/activities, but ultimate result years down the road is equivalent with/without surgery. ...Read more