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Lumbosacral Neuritis: Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Home Remedies

Trained in dentistry, Sree is currently pursuing lab sciences. She loves researching and sharing information on various health topics.

What Is Lumbosacral Neuritis?

Have you experienced lower back pains that keep coming back? Sometimes it can be accompanied by shooting pains that go down your leg. For some people, the pain that is felt in the lower back and legs is accompanied by a pronounced weakness of the muscles of the said leg or legs. These may be signs that you are experiencing what is called lumbosacral neuritis.

So, what is lumbosacral neuritis? Lumbosacral neuritis is a term that is used to describe the irritation of the several nerves that line the vertebrae or spinal column. Well, particularly in the lower back of the person being diagnosed. This part of the spine is called the lumbar region.

This particular area of the back and spine is densely packed with essential structures of the body. Now, they are housed along the spine which gives them support and protection. That means these structures that can be found on the lower back are actually really fragile.

The said structures include the joints of the spine, the soft pads that can be found in between each vertebra of the spine called discs, muscles, blood vessels, and nerves. As you can see, there are a lot of different sensitive areas that can trigger the pain felt on the lower back region.

All of these fragile essential structures can get inflamed and possibly cause lumbosacral neuritis. Whenever you feel pain in the lumbar area, know that there are several possible trouble points that your doctor will have to check. This means that your doctor will be very careful before making any critical decisions.

He or she will try to make the most accurate diagnosis. This is critical and should be made before recommending an appropriate treatment for pain in the lower back.

Note that the lumbar region includes up to 5 different vertebras – designated as L1, L2, L3, L4, and L5. Another bone – one that is particularly large – is the sacrum. That is the bone that can be found at the very base of the spinal column. This particular bone connects the spine to the pelvis.

The pain that one feels that stems from lumbosacral neuritis can be caused by the irritation of a nerve that lines any of these 5 vertebras. The irritation can be at the nerve root or at the fibers of the nerves.

Note that that is only one possible cause. Lumbosacral neuritis can also be caused when the discs on the lumbar region become bulged due to inflammation. That means inflammatory substances that are naturally produced there, such as the prostaglandin produced in the nerves, are leaking.

Sometimes the pain is more physical or mechanical than chemical. For instance, some patients may have a herniated disc which can cause a direct compression on the nerves. This continuous compression of the nerves will cause an irritation and eventually cause changes in any of the nerves that are degenerative in nature.

Ultimately, these degenerative changes in the nerves are the ones that cause the pain felt in the lumbar area. Now, these degenerative changes can also be caused by other contributing factors such as metabolic toxicity as well as metabolic disturbances.