Nerve compression syndrome

What is Nerve compression syndrome?

Nerve compression syndrome or compression neuropathy, also known as entrapment neuropathy, is a medical condition caused by direct pressure on a single nerve. It is known colloquially as a trapped nerve. Its symptoms include pain, tingling, numbness, and muscle weakness.

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My MRI report shows that : Reduce L4 - 5 disc height , disc desiccation and central and B/L Paramedian disc extrusion seen indenting the anterior thecal sac and critically narrowing the central canal and B/L L4 - 5 lateral recesses with cauda equina and B/L L5 traversing nerve root compression at L4 - 5 level. I am 21 year old and my height is 5.10 and my weight is 62.7 kg what is the solution for me and can you explain what is my problem

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Hi,

Thank you for posting your query.

I have noted the findings of your MRI lumbo-sacral spine. To give you proper advice regarding treatment, we need to know the clinical details.

At this stage, you need physiotherapy, mainly the back extension exercises.

If you have back pain or leg pain, then,...

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hello ..need help please advise me.. i had done surgery in 2008 for L5 S1 problem. now again after 4 year same pain problem started. pain on right side leg . cant walk more than 15 min. i cant sit moe than 30 min. please find here my MRI report. MRI OF LUMBO-SACRAL SPINE Technique:- Sagittal, coronal and axial images of the lumbar spine were visualized using T1 and T2 weighted images. Intravenous contrast was not given. sagittal & coronal MR Myelography images. Findings: There is loss of lumbar lordosis . Status post surgery- post operative changes are noted at L5-S1 levels. At L2-L3 and L3-L4 levels- Diffuse circumferential disc bulge with central disc protrusion causing indentation on thecal sac without any exiting nerve root compression.. At L4-L5 level- disc desiccation . Diffuse disc bulge causing spinal canal and bilateral neural foraminal stenosis and indenting adjacent traversing and bilateral exiting nerve roots. At L5-S1 levels- disc desiccation. Diffuse disc bulge causing spinal canal and bilateral neural foraminal narrowing indenting adjacent traversing exiting nerve roots. Rest of the intervertebral discs and vertebral bodies appear normal in signal intensity. The facet articulations and rest of the neural foramina appear normal. The spinal cord , conus shows normal signal intensity. The pre and paravertebral soft tissues are unremarkable. IMPRESSION:  Status post surgery.  At L2-L3 and L3-L4 levels- Diffuse circumferential disc bulge with central disc protrusion causing indentation on thecal sac without any exiting nerve root compression. (P.T.O) …2…  At L4-L5 level- disc desiccation. Diffuse disc bulge causing spinal canal and bilateral neural foraminal stenosis and indenting adjacent traversing and bilateral exiting nerve roots.  At L5-S1 levels- disc desiccation. Diffuse disc bulge causing spinal canal and bilateral neural foraminal narrowing indenting adjacent traversing exiting nerve roots.

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thanks Mr. jagdish for sharing ur reports with us on HCM
see, from the above report it is evident that there is diffuse circumferrential disc bulge at L2-S1 and nerve root compression at L4-S1 level
compression of these nerve roots is the cause of the severe pain u r suferring from
and also there...

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you have my details. i have forwarded you my scans already

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Brief Answer:
Disc prolapse.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
I have seen the attached images. There is a disc bulge at the level of L4-L5 and L5-S1. These are all mild degenerative changes of the spine that are age related.
There is mild nerve root compression at the level...

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I have a few questions in relation to my scans.. first of all I have been on this forum before and I found it very useful I forwarded in july/august time. I am now forwarding you two more scans to look at.
The reading for the Lumbar Scan is as follows:-
Desiccated L4L5 and L5S1 discs with minimal degenerative anterior listhesis of S1 on L5. Satisfactory verbal alignment otherwise. There is a broad based disc bulge and central to right paracentral annular tear at the L4-5 level with a little flattening of the anterior thecal sac and minor right exit foraminal narrowing but no discrete nerve root compression. There is a minimal disc bulge and small central annular tear at the L5S1 level but no appreciable canal or exit foraminal narrowing. Dehydrated disc and small left posterosteral disc bulge and annular tear present at the L3L4 level with minor left exit foraminal narrowing but no discrete nerve root compression. Normal signal throughout the visualised lower cord.
My Cervical Spine reads as follows:- Straightening of the Cervical spine with partial loss of lordosis. Satisfactory verbal alignment otherwise Desiccated disc and advanced degenerative disc space narrowing at C5C6 Level. Dehydrated discs at remaining cervical levels with mild/moderate C6C7 disc space narrowing. There is a moderate sized broad based disc osteophyte with a right sided preponderance at C5 C6 level with moderate to high grade right and somewhat less pronounced left exit foraminal narrowing. There is a similar broad based disc bulge at the C6-C7 level with moderate exit foraminal narrowing bilaterally. Normal signal throughout the cervical and visualised upper thoracic cord. Symtoms in the neck are very sore upper limbs when moving or driving. I have been getting a lot of physiotherapy. My physiotherapy states there are no neurological findings in back or neck..last time I was scanned for neck was last year and got reviews from Healthcare magic. How do I get rid of the trapeziuz muscles pain in upper arm bilaterial.. can you give me your opinion on both these scans.. I have attached both of them. I may send you another copy in a later email of the last back scan taken six months ago and the neck scan taken six months ago. Thanks.. Scan s attached

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Brief Answer:
Degenerative changes in spine.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
I have gone through your detailed query and investigations carefully. You have degenerative changes in the spine at various levels with minimal nerve root compression. The pain that you have in...

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So I have tennis elbow and I tor my triceps' 4 weeks ago. I also have 4 slip disks in my neck. With that said, here's my problem: I have pain that runs down my neck, down my shoulder blade and across top of my shoulder, down the back of my arm, down the triceps' I tor, it continues across my forearm where I have tennis elbow and down to my fingers. The pain is excruciating, how do I make it stop?

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Brief Answer:
Nerve root compression likely.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
The pain that you have is likely to be due to nerve root compression at the level of cervical spine due to slipped discs. It is best to get an MRI scan of the cervical spine done to find out the...

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I have a few questions in relation to my scans.. first of all I have been on this forum before and I found it very useful I forwarded in july/august time. I am now forwarding you two more scans to look at.

The reading for the Lumbar Scan is as follows:-

Desiccated L4L5 and L5S1 discs with minimal degenerative anterior listhesis of S1 on L5. Satisfactory verbal alignment otherwise. There is a broad based disc bulge and central to right paracentral annular tear at the L4-5 level with a little flattening of the anterior thecal sac and minor right exit foraminal narrowing but no discrete nerve root compression. There is a minimal disc bulge and small central annular tear at the L5S1 level but no appreciable canal or exit foraminal narrowing. Dehydrated disc and small left posterosteral disc bulge and annular tear present at the L3L4 level with minor left exit foraminal narrowing but no discrete nerve root compression. Normal signal throughout the visualised lower cord.

My Cervical Spine reads as follows:- Straightening of the Cervical spine with partial loss of lordosis. Satisfactory verbal alignment otherwise Desiccated disc and advanced degenerative disc space narrowing at C5C6 Level. Dehydrated discs at remaining cervical levels with mild/moderate C6C7 disc space narrowing. There is a moderate sized broad based disc osteophyte with a right sided preponderance at C5 C6 level with moderate to high grade right and somewhat less pronounced left exit foraminal narrowing. There is a similar broad based disc bulge at the C6-C7 level with moderate exit foraminal narrowing bilaterally. Normal signal throughout the cervical and visualised upper thoracic cord. Symtoms in the neck are very sore upper limbs when moving or driving. I have been getting a lot of physiotherapy. My physiotherapy states there are no neurological findings in back or neck..last time I was scanned for neck was last year and got reviews from Healthcare magic. How do I get rid of the trapeziuz muscles pain in upper arm bilaterial.. can you give me your opinion on both these scans.. I have attached both of them. I may send you another copy in a later email of the last back scan taken six months ago and the neck scan taken six months ago. Thanks.. Scan s attached

I would appreciate if you could please look at the two reports.in the lumbar and cervical..and compare the differences..you see the dates on them for clarification. Many thanks..could you please explain to be what is forminal narrowing. thanks so mcuh

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
In cervical spine disc bulge is mild and you can get relief with local ster

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

I have studied your case.
I have seen attached your MRI

In cervical spine disc bulge is mild and you can get relief with local steroid injection shot.
Continue your Physiotherapy like...

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I have spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis L4 L5. I've had hemilaminectomy's at level L4-L5 2 years ago. It has been recommended that fusion be preformed at L4 L5 my question is after the hemi laminectomy's I still had a difficult time walking due to cramping of the hip muscles around the coccyx I could only walk 1 block. Do you think the fusion would help with muscle cramping in the buttocks ? Are there any tests that can pinpoint what level is causing the cramping?

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Brief Answer:
yes, it can help

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
The cramping that you had after hemilaminectomy is likely to be due to a nerve root compression. Fusion surgery can help in decreasing the nerve root compression further. Local epidural steroid injections can...

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I emailed you a few weeks ago about a herniated lumbar disc on the L3 l4 lumbar spine pressing on the L3 nerve root. This herniation occurred in early Sept. of last year. Initially I had severe leg pain where I was not able to put any wieight on my right foot along with searing nerve pain into my ankles. I had three epidurals an am on daily p.t. In between my first and second epidural my toes in both feet became numb. A nerve function test results determined it was a neuropathy. Initially they thought it was diabetic neuropathy since I am pre diabetic. However, the results of a HGB 1 ac test taken last week revealed a 1ac result of 5.3. That ruled out diabetic neuropathy and the numbness/ tingling is probably caused by my herniated disc. I recently read that waiting too long to decompress a nerve and result in permanent nerve damage. I am going on 6months with this and am not seeing a surgeon until Feb. My question is is that true? I should also say that have severe central stenosis and narrowing both lateral recesses and mild narrowing both lateral recesses. So I would assume that I may be looking at a decompression with a fusion. But my main concern right now is 6 to 7 mos of radiculopathy and nerve compression an likely indication of permanent nerve injury ? I also have some weakness in my right quad area that has improved since I initiated p.t. but only to a point where I can walk an function somewhat normally., but it only dot better to a point.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Diabetic neuropathy combined with other problems

Detailed Answer:
Good morning and thank you for your return question.

Let me clarify a couple of things which we can expand on in followup questions and answers...but I wanted to get something out to you more quickly now to think...

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I have bursitis in my left hip, and am getting a lot of pain down my left leg to my ankle. my ankle is very swollen an sore, I have pins and needles all the time in leg that goes from mild to a nasty burning stabbing pain. I cannot sit for more than a few minutes due to intense pain. this has been going on now for about two months. I had a steroid needle two weeks ago and pain has got worse not better.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Can be a nerve root compression.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
The pain that you have can be due to the inflamed bursa or a nerve root compression at the level of lumbar spine. After a steroid injection the pain may increase to some extent for a few days...

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Hi, My mom is having spondilitis and yesterday she stated a lot of pain in her right hand and neck.
One of my know doctor says that it can be due to some nerve pressure and that they will do a MRI for it once pain goes off.
As per your understanding can this be related to Spondilitis or it can be something else.

Thanks
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Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
Stiff neck with pain in the neck and hand is suggestive of a nerve root compression at the cervical vertebral level due to degenerative disc changes or cervical spondylosis. It happens primarily due to degenerative changes secondary to age in the cervical...

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