Overcoming Prolonged Pain Due To Pinched Nerves?
Good afternoon, my 47-year-old mother often complains of pain in the legs. If you walk a long way or long the legs (calves) feel painful, tingling, hot feet like burning. It has been X-rayed because the nerve has been trapped. Already treated with a neurologist for 3 months given the drug alpentine, megabal, diazepam, ibuprofen along with supporting therapy. The doctor gave referrals to the neurosurgeon. Before going to a neurosurgeon, the neurologist only prescribed medication for 10 days. After that we went to a neurosurgeon, he said that my mother would be on an MRI in July (because Margono Hospital had a solid MRI schedule). While waiting until July, what should my mother do, to reduce pain while obt is given only enough for 10 days (as of January 29, 2020) or any other suggestions for recovery? Thank you.
Hello Eva Setiana,
Thank you for the question.
In some cases of pinched nerves, the complaint can resolve on its own in a few weeks to several months with medications such as pain relievers, muscle relaxants, and corticosteroid injections, and physiotherapy. However, if the method does not improve, the doctor will suggest referring to a neurosurgeon for a surgical procedure. However, advance investigations such as MRI are needed to ensure that the condition of the nerve is squeezed, including seeing the location, the structure of the tissue around the nerves and muscles, and the severity.
It is better if you wait for the MRI schedule, your mother will continue to control routinely to a neurologist to deal with complaints for the time being. In addition, your mother can also visit the physiotherapist to do physiotherapy treatment on the legs that are pinched nerves. The things that can be done to reduce complaints at home are as follows:
Lie down a lot and avoid strenuous activity. Compress the painful part with cold compresses. Although it is not recommended to do strenuous activities, it is recommended to keep stretching muscles and exercising regularly, especially sports that can strengthen muscles and joints, such as swimming. Do not lift heavy items for a while. Maintain ideal body weight, or reduce weight, to prevent excess pressure on the pinched nerve. Stretching the muscles when doing repetitive movements such as walking long and long on the legs. Hope it helps and hopefully your mother's condition gradually improves :)