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Ibuprofen (e.g. Advil, Nuprin, Motrin) was one of the original non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and is now available without a prescription. The recommended dose is 400 mg every eight hours, although prescription doses can be as high as 800 mg every eight hours. Check with your doctor about this medication if you are taking any blood-thinning meds.
A myelogram is an x-ray test that uses dye directly injected into your spinal canal to help show places where your spinal cord may be getting pinched by the vertebrae in your back. It is sometimes used to help diagnose back or leg pain problems, especially if surgery is being planned.
Facet joints, the interlocking bones at the rear of the spine, can cause pain if the surrounding muscles are sprained (torn) or strained (stretched to far), perhaps by a sudden jerk or twist. They can also cause pain if the bones become worn due to arthritis or gradual wear and tear occurring naturally with aging, or if the discs that cushion them break down, causing friction as the joint becomes unnaturally compressed. Facet joint problems can trigger muscular backache by sending nearby muscles into painful spasms to immobilize the area.
Spinal discs are flat, round structures that consist of a tough outer ring of fibrous tissue surrounding a gelatinous center. These cushioning spinal discs are like shock absorbers, and can wear out, especially with punishment. The disc begins to slip out of its place between the vertebra, causing a bulge and pain by irritating nerves within the discs outer shell. If the disc herniates, or ruptures, the resulting protrusion can press on a nerve of the spinal cord or even on the spinal cord itself. Excruciating pain will be felt locally, and typically in other areas of the body, legs or feet.
Abnormally increased convexity in the curvature of the thoracic spine as viewed from the side is referred to as kyphosis (hunchback or humpback). This condition may be caused by rheumatoid arthritis, rickets, chronic respiratory diseases or a congenital disorder. It never develops from poor posture.
Arachnoiditis is a chronic inflammation of the arachnoid layer of the meninges, which are the coverings of the brain and spinal cord.
Arachnoiditis has been known to the medical profession for many years as a rare complication of spinal surgery, trauma and meningitis. The major symptom is severe chronic intractable pain, usually in the lower back, legs and feet initially, characteristically described as burning.
The term pinched nerve describes one type of damage or injury to a nerve or set of nerves. The injury may result from compression, constriction, or stretching.
Symptoms: tenderness, tingling, or numbness in one part of your body, often a limb. Also, pins and needles, burning, or tearing pain where a nerve is being irritated.
The most frequently recommended treatment for pinched nerve is rest, corticosteroids and physical therapy.
A pinched nerve is usually healed within a few days to a week
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|