A pinched nerve in the lumbar region of the spine can lead to neuropathy over time. This can be a result of a herniated disc, spinal stenosis or scoliosis. If you have neuropathy in the lumbar region, you might experience tingling, numbness, weakness and perhaps paralysis in your lower extremities. It is possible for these nerves to heal over time with the proper care, but it takes patience.
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Things you need
- Complex B vitamin
- St John's wort
- Liquorice root
- Valerian root
Eliminate the cause of the pinched nerve. You might need physiotherapy, rest or surgery to remove what is creating pressure on the nerve. If the nerve remains pinched, it will not get the nutrients to heal.
It is also important to prevent permanent damage. If the nerve has experienced severe necrosis, it might never fully heal.
Rest the injury. Don't do exercises or activities such as running or lifting that strain the lumbar region. It can take up to 18 months to heal the nerve completely.
Take herbal supplements that promote nerve function and health. These include valerian root, liquorice, St John's wort and ginger. Take these up to three times daily to provide the nerves with the nutrients needed to heal.
Take a B vitamin complex daily. B vitamins help nerve conduction and have been shown to help heal damage from carpal tunnel syndrome.
Tips and warnings
- If you are concerned about the extent of nerve damage you have experienced, your doctor can order a nerve conduction test that determines which nerves are affected and to what degree. This can help you set realistic goals for healing nerve damage.
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