Pinched Nerve Indication?
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Previously, there were several questions that I needed to confirm, was it confirmed that your father's condition was indeed a pinched nerve based on a doctor's examination? Then if it was a nerve clamp, where would it be? is it on the back, neck, hands, feet or other places?
In general, a pinched nerve can be caused by a tightened muscle pinching, for example after strenuous activity, it can also be caused by clamping of the formed bone spurs (osteophytes) which usually occurs in old age or in certain parts of the body that often support it. body weight, such as knees, heels, neck, back, etc.
In addition, a pinched nerve can also be caused by inflammation around the nerve pressing on the nerve.
In conditions where the nerve is pinched in the back, it also often occurs due to the release of the core in the spinal cord that clamps the spinal nerve root (Hernia nucleus pulposus / HNP). This often occurs in the lower vertebrae, namely the L4, L5, and S1 segments.
Common symptoms of nerve clamping are:
Pain in the innervated area. The pain in the nerves feels sharp, hot, and feels like electric shock. This pain radiates in accordance with the direction of travel of nerves to parts of the body. Sensory disturbances such as numbness, tingling, in the innervated area. Muscle weakness according to the innervation If it has been checked before, please continue treatment as directed by the doctor and control to the doctor afterward. However, if it has not been checked, to confirm the condition, you should check with a neurologist. The doctor will further dig into your father's complaints and will perform a related nerve examination. If necessary, the doctor will carry out supporting examinations such as x-rays, CT scans, bone densitometry, or MRI. And after that the doctor will provide treatment for your father's complaints according to the underlying conditions.
Some things you can do at home to deal with complaints and prevent worsening are:
Avoid maintaining posture or doing certain movements that can clamp the nerves for a long time, such as legs crossed, bending the wrist continuously (for example when typing), etc. Get used to standing or sitting in an upright posture so as not to overload the spine Avoid lifting heavy weights Regular exercise and take care ideal body weight Use a back girdle to help maintain good back posture and prevent worsening of the condition, especially if your case is HNP. If the pain is due to nerve pinching, your father can take over the counter drugs such as paracetamol to reduce these complaints. Regarding blood fats, if what you mean by the examination is total cholesterol levels, then the results are already higher than the normal limit, which should be <200 mg / dL. Cholesterol examination will be more accurate to describe the condition of cholesterol in your father's blood if before the test he has done 8 hours of fasting. If the current examination is not preceded by 8 hours of fasting, you should repeat the examination by fasting for 8 hours before the examination to ensure the accuracy of the results.
The things that can be done to reduce blood cholesterol levels are:
Avoid foods that contain saturated fat. Increase consumption of fruits and vegetables because the fiber in them can help lower cholesterol levels. Sufficient fluid needs, namely drink 2 liters of water per day Regular exercise 3-5 times a week, especially aerobic types Achieve and maintain ideal body weight Overcome stress well If after doing these things your father's cholesterol is still not controlled, you should immediately check with a general practitioner to get treatment therapy to lower cholesterol levels.
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dr. Princess Claudya