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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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Can muscle unbalances cause Pain in SI joint Area on one side?Plus nerve pain down leg. Had MRI and showed no disk problems, pain in side really sharp

Ask M.D..: Ask your doctor if this puzzling pain could be piriformis syndrome where the piriformis muscle in the gluteal area compresses the sciatic nerve and causes both unilateral pain in the buttock and sciatic nerve pain down the leg. There are other causes of sciatica that your doctor could relook at too. ...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.

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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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?

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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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 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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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. James Marx
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Neuralgia (Definition)

Neuralgia is a condition in which there is a sharp, unexpected pain along a nerve that is due to the irritation and damage of that nerve. Chemicals, diseases such as diabetes, medications, previous surgery, and trauma are potential causes of neuralgia. Numbness and weakness of the muscles supplied by the ...Read more