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Plexus Injury Affect 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chronic whiplash injury and luq has malfunctioned. Brachial plexus triggers nerve symptoms but nerves not injured. Starting rehab. Healing possible?
Get diagnosis first: Be efficient, and get answers as to why your injury did not fully heal. Not uncommon is an injury to the brachial plexus from shoulder strap, with eventual scarring, called thoracic outlet syndrome. Therapy does help, but is a specific approach, such as felderkreis work. Both EMG and ultrasound studies could pin down precise mechanism. If you have tos, about 85% success with conservative rx. ...Read more
TOS: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome involves the nerves traveling through the shoulder at the level of the 1st rib. The phrenic nerve does not typically travel through the outlet and is usually on the anterior scalene muscle that forms the anterior border of the outlet. Occasionally an accessory phrenic nerve may be dominant and travel through the outlet but I have not seen any cases with breathing problems. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lost motor function and sensation in 1 hand due to brachial plexus injury. What will be my locomotor disability %?
Recommendation : For proper answer about % of disability you need proper evaluation in medical office. ...Read more
No: Spinal cord injury affects portions of the body b elow the site of the injury. The brain is not affected, but these injuries are frequently very disturbing and sometimes dangerous. The person suffering from this can be depressed and needing of assistance in many other ways. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hard to say...: Hi UMays My sympathy for you or whoever has the injury..any spinal injury can cause major changes, and regulation of circulation is one of them. Saying that, effects on respiration and upper cord function should be minimal. Regulation of circulation to lower gut, bladder, and lower limbs may be changed. this includes control of sexual response. Good luck. ...Read more
Anterior disc repl surgeon cut sympathetic nerve resulting in stage3 horners wallenborgs syndromes cut vocal cord nw hv issues breathing reversable?
Prediction difficult: Am unclear how all of this happened to you while having a disc surgery. Would suggest you see a medical neurologist and a rehab doctor and get this all assessed. ...Read more
Confirmed first rib injury with brachial plexus involvement. Nerve root C5 and C6 injured at brachial plexus near first rib. Chances of healing?
Brachial plexus : Depends on the length of time since the injury and the extent of the injury. If it involves the insulation of the nerves (myelin) recovery is 3 weeks to 3 months if no further injury. If the wires themselves (axons) are injured it depends on how bad they are injured. Can take 6-12 months if not injured past point of ability to repair. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The costochondral sep of 2nd rib interferes with shoulder movement and neck movement. Incapacitating nerve pain makes me think brachial plexus?
Could I have a brachial plexus stretch injury or damage without current compression, if lying down & sleeping provides relief? Neck/shoulder pain
Does injury or abnormality in CNS or cranial nerves cause EKG changes or disturbance in electrical signals? Does nerve damages above c-1 cause breathing difficulties? How can they identify which nerves are damaged? From the symptoms?
The : The major nerve controlling heart rate, vascular tension, and gastrointestinal function is the vagus nerve. It is the 10th cranial nerve. It can be compressed or injured a few places between the brainstem and the chest. So, there is at least one way an injury to the neck or brainstem can relate to heart rate, ekg, and breathing. An injury "above c1" implies a brain injury. If it is located in the brainstem, it would have to be very small to be survivable. This area controls many functions that are "primitive"--that is to say, common to all animals. That would include heart rate and breathing. When we talk about brainstem injury, we talk about cranial nerve signs and "long tract" signs, meaning the extremities. By finding the intersection of the involved nerves, the area can be identified. Injuries above the brainstem can be a bit more difficult to localize. Cerebellar problems can be difficult to diagnose and often involve balance and coordination. The midbrain is a relay area of sensory and motor signals. The cerebral cortices, on the other hand, are reasonably well-mapped and those lesions can be recognized more easily. A neurologist or neurosurgeon can help diagnose and treat the problem. Often MRI is needed to help locate and diagnose the problem. To be useful, though, the images should correspond to the symptoms and exam findings. ...Read more
Weakness, numbness: The paralysis from spinal cord injury causes varying degrees of weakness and muscle loss (atrophy), depending on the severity of the injury. There may also be spasticity or tightness of the muscles, putting a person at risk of contractures (joint rigidity). Numbness from spinal cord injury places a person at risk of developing pressure sores-- pressure relief is paramount for prevention. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do regional anesthetic blocks affect sensory and motor fibers both? For ex. In brachial plexus block, which hits phrenic n too could one still breath?
Yes and yes: Yes, most regional blocks hit sensory and motor nerves but the sensory nerves are smaller so you lose feeling faster and longer than you lose movement. Also, breathing is controlled by intercostal nerves as well as phrenic (which controls the diaghragm)so if you lose the phrenic, you can still breath. Usually, nerve blocks like brachial plexus blocks are only done on one side anyway. Nice q! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Not by itself: Spinal cord injury alone does not account for cognitive impairments, however, often there is an overlooked closed head injury to blame. Any injury of sufficient force to cause cord injury could cause concussion. Another possibility is that medications used to treat the effects spinal cord injury (bladder meds, spasticity meds, pain meds) can cause impairments in awareness, memory, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In many ways: A spine injury can range from minor to catastrophic. If there is spinal cord injury, a person will go through the same stages as someone losing a loved one to death: grief, anger, denial, depression, bargaining, and (hopefully) acceptance. Even less devastating spinal injuries can lead one down a similar path. It is normal, and getting support from friends, family, and professionals can help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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