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Doctor insights on: Effects Of A Brachial Plexus Injury On Breathing

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Can a brachial plexus injury also affect your breathing?

Can a brachial plexus injury also affect your breathing?

Yes: When there is damage to higher brachial plexuses (involving cervical 4 part of spinal cord), it can cause see-saw breathing from the involvement of one or both sides of the diaphragm; if there is pneumothorax (air leak) because of rupture of pleura (lung cover) from the fracture of collar bone (clavicle), it can cause of severe pain and respiratory difficulty (can be life threatening), also. ...Read more

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Injuries (Definition)

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Can a brachial plexus injury affect your breathing and swallowing ability in addition to arm, shoulder, and neck pain?

Can a brachial plexus injury affect your breathing and swallowing ability in addition to arm, shoulder, and neck pain?

Brachial plexus inju: A brachial plexus injury should not affect your breathing or swallowing as the nerves that control those functions are higher up. If you had an additional injury to the skull base or base of the brain then i would be more concerned with breathing issues and swallowing problems. I would suggest you see a neurologist for a further workup if you are concerned about these issues. ...Read more

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Can a trapped nerve affect your breathing?

Can a trapped nerve affect your breathing?

Unlikely: The phrenic nerves innervates the diaphragm, while the recurrent laryngeal nerves innervate the vocal cords. It is very unlikely these nerves would be trapped or pinched, unless you had neck radiation or surgery causing scar tissue formation. ...Read more

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How long can you have a pinched nerve or a herniated disc or suffer from nerve pain? And even with mild scoliosis can this affect your disc in your back and injuries that can happen to your the rustic spine

How long can you have a pinched nerve or a herniated disc or suffer from nerve pain? And even with mild scoliosis can this affect your disc in your back and injuries that can happen to your the rustic spine

It varies: Pain arising from a "pinched" or irritated nerve in the spine usually goes away within a few weeks to a few months depending on the cause. However in a minority of cases the pain can persist for months or even years. Scoliosis is rotation/curvature of the spine most often in the middle back (thoracic) or lower back (lumbar). This can cause added stress to the discs in your spine. ...Read more

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Can you get vagus nerve damage from an abdominal massage or from a neck injury and can it heal?

Can you get vagus nerve damage from an abdominal massage or from a neck injury and can it heal?

Massage no/ neck yes: Masage therapists are trained to avoid damage. With a neckinjury aproper evaluation is required. ...Read more

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Can a thumb injury affect your vision?

Can a thumb injury affect your vision?

Not sure: Did you stick it in your eye? Sorry i couldn't resist. Seriously though there is no connection. You may want to get your vision checked. ...Read more

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Can a compressed nerve lead to permanent damage and paralysis? Specifically cervical and right arm. Thanks

Can a compressed nerve lead to permanent damage and paralysis? Specifically cervical and right arm. Thanks

There is always that: chance that nerve compression can led to permanent changes -that can occur with a. Acute or sudden onset or in a chronic setting but it is not the usual scenario with most resolving non operatively. If there are significant findings immediately or progressing findings of weakness especially one should consult with an orthopedic spine surgeon or neurosurgeon for an opinion. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve in the neck or head cause you to be off balance and have daily body tremors? How would a pinch nerve be diagnosed?

Can a pinched nerve in the neck or head cause you to be off balance and have daily body tremors? How would a pinch nerve be diagnosed?

Yes: Some of the nerves in the neck connect with your balance system (c2), and this nerve is sometimes blocked to treat vertigo. Mri may be helpful, or it may not. Tremors are another issue and most likely unrelated. ...Read more

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Can a thumb injury lead to numbness in your upper arm?

Can a thumb injury lead to numbness in your upper arm?

No: Numbness in the upper arm is not related to your injury, it is most likely from a pinched nerve in the neck. I would recommend you see an orthopedic surgeon or a neurologist. ...Read more

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Can a MVA cause a blow to the skull or brain injury that would send pain through the neck,shoulder,hands,back and leg?

Can a MVA cause a blow to the skull or brain injury that would send pain through the neck,shoulder,hands,back and leg?

Yes: The distribution of your pain may be due to either injury to the brain but also to the cervical spine. A MVA can certainly be responsible for an injury to the spinal cord high up in the neck. This area is the location of nerve fibers that arise from the areas that you mentioned. See either a neurosurgeon, orthopedic surgeon or neurologist. ...Read more

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Can having a thumb injury also cause numbness in that upper arm?

Unlikely: All though injuries to the hand fingers and thumb can cause localized numbness, it is unlikely for a thumb injury to cause numbness in the upper arm. If symptoms persist, see your doctor or hand specialists for an evaluation. ...Read more

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How is a spinal injury related to breathing?

How is a spinal injury related to breathing?

Pain & weak muscles: An injury to the bones of the spine can cause a lot of pain, which may cause someone to take shallow breaths. If the injury involves the spinal cord (paralysis), then the nerves that go to muscles in the chest that help with breathing can also be paralyzed. This can lead to breathing difficulties. ...Read more

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Does lamictal also help with nerve pain? Take 100 mg daily for seizures but also have nerve pain in hand/wrist related to old brachial plexus injury

Does lamictal also help with nerve pain? Take 100 mg daily for seizures but also have nerve pain in hand/wrist related to old brachial plexus injury

Doubtful benefit: Although on occasion, there is some pain benefit, usually far better effects with drugs such as gabapentin, lyrica, (pregabalin) cymbalta. But remember that if you have epilepsy, Lamictal is the first choice of most epilepsy specialists. ...Read more

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Can pinched nerve in the neck cause low blood flow to the body along with less oxygen to the muscles. Feel like I might have a pinched nerve in the n?

Can pinched nerve in the neck cause low blood flow to the body along with less oxygen to the muscles.  Feel like I might have a pinched nerve in the n?

Nerve impingement: can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging disc. It can cause muscle spasm and back pain. This condition must be professionally managed. See an interventional pain management specialist for definitive diagnosis and management. See your dentist for tooth pain. ...Read more

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How could shortness of breath/trouble breathing be a collateral affect from a benzo?

How could shortness of breath/trouble breathing be a collateral affect from a benzo?

May be anxiety. : The sensation of shortness of breath, or a sense of air hunger may be due to anxiety. I'll presume you are being treated for that, since you are taking a benzodiazepine. If you are taking too large a dose or combining it with alcohol, then yes, could cause respiratory depression. But there are many causes of sob in 49 y/o male, such as heart or lung problems, so should be checked by your pcp. ...Read more

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Can a radial nerve injury cause a tremor?

Can a radial nerve injury cause a tremor?

Never seen or heard: Radial nerve injury will cause wrist drop or weakness in lifting the wrist. ...Read more

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Brachial Plexus Nerve Injury (Definition)

Conditions, often occurring during birth or other traumas, that affect the group of nerves traveling from the spinal cord to the hand, arm, and shoulder resulting in limb ...Read more


Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more