What is it?

Thoracic or lumbosacral neuritis or radiculitis is a term that is used to describe the irritation of the several nerves that line the vertebrae or spinal column.

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Signs & symptoms

* Pain
* Numbness and a Tingling Sensation
* Weakness of the Muscles
* Reduced muscle control and muscle coordination
* A reduction in muscle mass
* Poor reflexes
* Pain that is only experienced at night
* Chronic pain experienced only during the day or only at night and sometimes both
* A sharp pain
* Burning pain
* Inability to feel anything when the skin is touched or when pressure is applied
* Inability to feel any changes in the temperature
* Muscular atrophy that can affect one muscle or an entire muscle group


Given all the factors that have been discussed, the diagnosis can be a bit challenging. There are a lot of factors involved and more specifically there are several nerves to test or check. An important step is for your doctor to perform specific tests in order to identify which nerves are actually affected. Another concern that will be raised by a physician is the identification of the disc or discs that have been affected by this condition.
The diagnostic tests that a doctor will recommend may include any of the following:
* Complete Blood Count (CBC)
* Electromyogram (EMG)
* White Blood Cell Count (WBC)
* Nerve Conduction
* Nerve Biopsy
* X-Ray
* Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)


After a definitive diagnosis, a doctor can help provide at least three different types of treatment approaches. There are conservative approaches, moderate approaches, and surgical treatment approaches.
* Conservative Approach: A conservative approach of treatment usually involves only the intake of over the counter medication. Sometimes prescriptions from your doctor may be required using this treatment type. There are also at home helps that can be prescribed by your doctor, which would include the use of lumbar cushions, assistive devices, certain types of exercise, and stretching that helps the lumbar region.

* Moderate Treatment Approach: A moderate approach to treating lumbosacral neuritis will also involve the taking of medication (over the counter and/or prescribed) as well as physical therapy. Included in this category of treatment are alternative methods of treatment which include chiropractic and acupuncture therapy. Note that both the moderate and conservative modes of treatment are non-invasive and will not have a huge impact on the quality of life of the patient.

* Surgical Treatment Approach: A doctor will only suggest and prescribe a surgical treatment approach when there is no other alternative than to use an invasive treatment. That means there are no other alternatives to relieve the pain and alleviate the other symptoms of lumbosacral neuritis. Remember that the treatment option will always be specific to the type of cause of the condition and its accompanying symptoms. If there is a co-occurring condition such as an infection, then the infection should be treated and then the other symptoms should be alleviated in time. Doctors will not focus on a symptomatic form of treatment. The strategy is to address the underlying condition for a longer lasting treatment and hopefully a complete resolution of the medical condition.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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