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What is lumbosacral neuritis?

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what is lumbosacral neuritis?
Was this diagnosed only by a physical exam?

Or do you have a MRI?
Customer: replied 8 years ago.

i have been diagnosed by mri since 1999. along with degenerative disc disease and degenerative joint disease


"Neuritis" is a general term for inflammation of the nerves.

Lumbosacral refers to the nerves in the lower back area, which travel to the buttock/legs/feet/and groin area.

So lumbosacral neuritis is a general term used to describe (usually) painful and numb legs/feet, etc due to problems in the lower back.

Often times, there is a specific cause for it, like compression by a herniated disc, or lumbar stenosis, and other times, it is difficult to see (irritation caused by viral infection, etc).
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
aside from epidural nerve injections which dont work or lyrica which dont work, what options do i have for treatment
Well, the treatment has to be directed at the cause.

If you haven't had a recent MRI, it may be helpful to reassess the situation in the back.

Any direct compression of the nerves in the back can cause these pains, and surgery may be the way to fix this pain.

Besides epidural injections and lyrica, there are narcotic pain medications, a medication called "gabapentin" (similar to lyrica), -- but a cause for the "neuritis" should be found first, as any effective treatment will be a treatment of that cause.
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