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How to Treat a Pinched Nerve on back?

I am having surgery shortly on my back. The procedure consists on L3-4 L4-5Alif/ L3-L5plif. Will th correct the pinched nerve, as that is where I am having terrible pain and numbness all on the right side. And I would like to know recovery time, as I am 73, and live alone. Thankyou.
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Wed, 30 Jul 2014
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Hello,
Thanks for your query.

From description it seems you are suffering from PIVD where the nerves get compressed by the protruded disc.
There are several treatment modalities with medicines, physiotherapy and with injections in the back called epidural injections and root/facet blocks.
If you don’t get better with these treatment ,I suggest you undergo surgery, by which the nerves are decompressed by removing the protruded disc (discectomy), which would significantly improve your symptoms

I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query.
Take care
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