Furosemide for Intervertebral Hernia
Recently, an elderly woman asked her doctor how to treat intervertebral hernia with furosemide medication. For her neighbor, the doctor at the polyclinic prescribed this medicine, and it became much easier for her.
So, let's try to understand the intervertebral hernia, furosemide and their relationship.
What is the Intervertebral Hernia?
Intervertebral hernia is a fairly new concept in Russian medicine. Much more often, coming to the neurologist with complaints of back pain, we hear the usual: "osteochondrosis", "radiculitis" and the like. But the intervertebral hernia is usually found in the tomography room or in a private clinic. Moreover, some patients at this moment are surprised to learn that in the spine, except the vertebrae, there are also intervertebral discs.
Anyway, but there are intervertebral discs in the spine. And they consist of a solid fibrous ring and a more liquid pulpous core. Intervertebral hernia is a complex phenomenon that begins with the loss of the intervertebral disc of water - a kind of "thirst".
If the disc is not "saturated" with water in time, it becomes weak and less elastic, under the influence of external forces in the fibrous ring, protrusions and cracks can form, and through them a liquid pulpous nucleus emerges. Such an end result is called the intervertebral hernia.
Intervertebral discs have almost no sensitive fibers, so the hernia of the disc itself can remain for a long time for its owner invisible. But it also happens that the displaced substance clamps and irritates the roots of the spinal nerves. The pain begins to arise at this moment, and also there is inflammation and swelling in the area of the clamped root.
What is Furosemide and how does it work?
Furosemide (synonym: Lasix) is a fairly strong diuretic or, more simply, a diuretic.
The emergency action of furosemide is often very useful: it quickly removes excess fluid from the body, thereby reducing blood pressure, reducing swelling. It is shown to patients with severe forms of arterial hypertension, edema of the lungs or brain, etc.
Furosemide (Lasix) is contraindicated in the first half of pregnancy and with severe renal pathology. The constant use of furosemide requires a diet rich in potassium from the patient.
Summing up: on the body this drug acts exactly the way a diuretic should act: it removes water and salt.
How can you get rid of Intervertebral Hernia with Furosemide?
With regard to the use of furosemide with intervertebral hernia - the mechanics is simple: if the hernia is in the acute stage, the introduction of the drug will partially remove the swelling of the cramped spinal root, the mechanical irritation will decrease and the pain will subside. But only for a while, because the cause of pain, swelling and inflammation (that is, intervertebral hernia), the use of a diuretic does not affect.
So it remains only to state: "Furosemide is useless for the treatment of intervertebral hernia".
To effectively treat intervertebral hernia, other means should be used:
1. Intervertebral hernia - a mechanical phenomenon, and it must be acted on mechanically (for example, by stretching the spine).
2. The operation will not relieve the hernia of the disc, because it does not affect the mechanisms that led to the formation of the hernia. How many operations we have not done, these mechanisms will create a new hernia.
3. The main cause of intervertebral hernia - loss of water intervertebral disc. Therefore, one of the main tasks in the process of treatment should be the restoration of the intervertebral disc and saturation of its fluid.