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Doctor insights on: Will Acupuncture Help Back Problems And Nerve Pain Down Leg

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Acupuncture (Definition)

Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine -- a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as qi (pronounced "chee") flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang, which are complementary opposites. According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease. To restore balance to the qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the ...Read more


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I have a nerve pain running down my right leg i developed it while pregnant and now bub is 6 months old and still same I have no back problems?

I have a nerve pain running down my right leg i developed it while pregnant and now bub is 6 months old and still same I have no back problems?

Sciatica: Pain in the distribution as you suggested describes the pattern of the nerve that travels in the leg called the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is not the cause of the pain source, it is the result of an irritated nerve typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture help nerve pain in patients?

Can acupuncture help nerve pain in patients?

Yes: Nerve and other kinds of pain may benefit from acupuncture. Results can sometimes be very impressive. But this art as well as science, depending on patient characteristics, underlying problem, diagnostic skills, needle techniques. Some people do not benefit at all. ...Read more

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What can cause erratic nerve pain down one leg? Spine MRI normal, lumber spine fine.

What can cause erratic nerve pain down one leg? Spine MRI  normal, lumber spine fine.

See pain management: Impingement of the S1 nerve can lead to weakness and erratic nerve pain down one leg. The interventional pain management involves special procedures to treat and manage nerve impingement pain. Ask your PCP for the specialist referral. ...Read more

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Have recently been in a rta, since then my leg has become very weak and suffering from severe nerve pain down outer thigh. Mri rules out spine. Help?

Have recently been in a rta, since then my leg has become very weak and suffering from severe nerve pain down outer thigh. Mri rules out spine. Help?

Recommend EMG/NCS: Recommend you see a nerve/spine specialist (usually a neurologist or physiatrist) that does a lot of nerve conductions studies or is board certified in EMG to rule out any nerve entrapment or injury. If the MRI rules out your spine as a source then a nerve injury might need to be evaluated. ...Read more

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Problem for 6yrs. Muscle nerve pain in legs back. Hard to walk stand sit for long times. My dr says muscle degeneration. I want 2nd opinion.

Specialist: Have you seen a specialist? I am sure you would have had an MRI by now to see if there is nerve compression or stenosis. Sometimes these symptoms cannot be cured, but need to be managed. I am not sure about muscle degeneration. They may mean weakness and reduction in core stability. An EMG may help with the diagnosis. I would see a Physiatrist or Neurologist for 2nd opinion. ...Read more

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I have a shooting pain in lower back down in my right leg. Is this sciatic nerve pain? How can I prevent this?

I have a shooting pain in lower back down in my right leg. Is this sciatic nerve pain? How can I prevent this?

Sciatica?: Symptoms sound consistent with sciatica, however, c your doc for an eval to receive proper diagnosis. If sciatica, cause must b must be determined & treated if necessary. Usually standing causes pain to be worse, as does sitting. Lying is usually more comfortable. If your doc agrees that these are safe 4 u, NSAID or Tylenol (acetaminophen) may help, as well as physical therapy. C ur doc & feel btr soon :) ...Read more

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How can drinking milk for a lactose intolerant person cause severe muscle and nerve pain from the shoulder and back down to the leg into the ankle?

It shouldn't,: The type of pain that you are describing is not typical of problems due to lactose intolerance. The description that you give lends more toward an orthopedic, perhaps a back problem, or a neurologic cause. I would recommend a check up by your doctor or by an orthopedic surgeon or a neurosurgeon. Good luck. ...Read more

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Pain/tightness top of glute from LHS coccyx to hip. Not radiating down leg. Worse when arch with sway back- like sharp nerve pain deep in glute? Why?

Pain/tightness top of glute from LHS coccyx to hip. Not radiating down leg. Worse when arch with sway back- like sharp nerve pain deep in glute? Why?

Piriformis Syndrome: You appear to be describing symptoms that can correlate with prirformis syndrome, whereby the sciatic nerve can become trapped and compressed between the short hip external rotator muscles. The diagnosis is often made as a diagnosis of exclusion after true sciatica or a nerve compression at lumbar spine region is ruled out. Thorough exam by orthopaedic surgeon focusing on hip pain ...Read more

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How to treat sciatica nerve pain? What none narcotic meds are good to use? Having pain in lower buttock & lower back area that shoots down the leg when pressure or walking is applied. Not sure what a good none narcotic medication is best to ask the doct

Lots: Medications like gabapentin, lyrica, (pregabalin) amitryptyline, etc can be helpful. However if you haven't seen a spin/pain specialist you might want to do so, there are interventional treatments that can help reduce significantly or eliminate pain all together. ...Read more

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Recently i've been getting sciatic nerve pain, both sides from hip, buttocks, down back of leg to my foot when i try a bowel motion. Why?

Recently i've been getting sciatic nerve pain, both sides from hip, buttocks, down back of leg to my foot when i try a bowel motion. Why?

See Pain management.: From all the medications and procedures it appears that you have had many studies and already take medications for pain. If symptoms are not controlled discuss with your treating doctor. ...Read more

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Pelvic pain, sting in pubic area, nerve pain from right bum down back of leg and calf and inner thigh. See gynae or gp? Uti, hsv, or yeast infection?

Complex: This complicated group of symptoms will require a more complete history and detailed physical exam and very probably some imaging studies and perhaps labs to figure out a diagnosis. Would start with your pcp who can refer you for more specialized care if necessary. ...Read more

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What are ways to help severe nerve pain down back of right thigh?

Physical therapy: It sounds like you are having radiating pain down the back of the right thigh. This may be the result of a "pinched nerve" or radiculopathy. The general measures used first are conservative treatments like mild pain medications, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents, physical therapy. If it does not improve, your doctor may order an MRI scan to evaluate for possible herniated disc as the cause. ...Read more

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What are some ways to help severe nerve pain down back of right thigh?

What are some ways to help severe nerve pain down back of right thigh?

Depends on the cause: There are many potential causes.The sciatic nerve or one of it's branches can be 'pinched' by a herniated disc, stuck vertebra, or piriformis muscle spasm, or even hamstring spasm. Many other causes such as referred pain from SI ligament injury, too.A good history & physical, incl osteopathic hands-on exam may find/fix it. If nerve is inflamed, neuroprolotherapy may help. ...Read more

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16 year old golfer with sports injury in his back in May 2016, re-injured July 2016 playing squash, 2 MRI's done. What might cause ongoing pain......?

Is there instability?: One consideration is to do flexing and extending xrays. If there is motion that would explain the persistent pain. The MRI can show a stress fracture but sometimes it is hard to tell due to motion artifact. Given the lack of agreement I would bite the bullet and get a SPECT bone scan. If negative then push forward with core strengthening with a physiatrist and physical therapist. If it is a stress fracture and it is not healing you could consider a bone stimulator as an off label treatment. I published one case where this was done successfully in a 17 year old elite gymnast. ...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


Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
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Neuralgia (Definition)

Can also be described as neuropathic pain or "nerve pain" which can occur anywhere in the body. It can also be due to many disorders such as direct nerve damage, diabetes, ...Read more