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Doctor insights on: Thoracic Spine Injury Signs And Symptoms

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Shoulder pain-popping, with arm/hand pain numbness. Done pt, tens, and cervical epidurals. Mri of neck ok emg showed abnormalities but symptoms worse?

EMG should show : If you had a normal cervical spine MRI it is no surprise that epidurals were ineffective. The EMG you said is abnormal - it should suggest the nerves affected and allow your pain management physician to develop a diagnosis and treatment options. If your doctor can not seem to help, consider obtaining another medical opinion. ...Read more

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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more


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Chronic whiplash injury and luq has malfunctioned. Brachial plexus triggers nerve symptoms but nerves not injured. Starting rehab. Healing possible?

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

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Mild thoracic spondylosis is evident with endplate andmargial osteophytes seen through out the thoracic levels. Lots of thoracic pain. Any Importance?

Mild thoracic spondylosis is evident with endplate andmargial osteophytes seen through out the thoracic levels. Lots of thoracic pain.  Any Importance?

Important in that...: ....U kno the source of Ur pain. It means U have arthritis in Ur thoracic spine. Ur PCP can Institute a treatment program 4 U . Image is a severe lumbar arthritis on a 3-D, ,reformatted CT ...Read more

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36yo female w/history of spine issues (disc). Have tingling/numbness in both hands & headaches. Not carpal tunnel, vitamin, etc. MRI shows mild cord compression at C6-7. Could this cause my symptoms?

36yo female w/history of spine issues (disc). Have tingling/numbness in both hands & headaches. Not carpal tunnel, vitamin, etc. MRI shows mild cord compression at C6-7. Could this cause my symptoms?

Yes: The nerves involed at that level could be the cause of your symptoms. There are tests that can help localize the origin, an EMG. Manual treatment, PT can help too. Be very careful c nsais. They may not be worth the risk. A steroid dos pak might help. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms associated with brachial plexus injury?

What are the symptoms associated with brachial plexus injury?

Pain, numb, weak: A brachial plexus injury is a nerve injury. Resulting symptoms can include nerve pain (typically a burning sensation), numbness, tingling and weakness of the upper extremity. Fortunately, most brachial plexus injuries heal simply with time, in a matter of hours to months, depending on severity. Treatment of your symptoms can be directed by your physician. ...Read more

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If scapular instability is the cause of thoracic outlet syndrome, would rib resection/scalenectomy resolve neck & scapula pain?

If scapular instability is the cause of thoracic outlet syndrome, would rib resection/scalenectomy resolve neck & scapula pain?

More complex: Thoracic outlet syndrome surgery includes, often, first rib resection and/or scalenectomy, but there are different surgical approaches and also, pectoralis minor decompressions. Scapular instability may or may not be present, and this may represent problems in the upper brachial plexus. Since this is so individualized and particular in most cases, best to discuss with experienced vascular surg. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms after a femoral neck fracture?

What are the signs and symptoms after a femoral neck fracture?

Femoral neck fx: Most often, groin pain following a fall. Typically patients have inability to walk or standings affected leg. Diagnosis made with x-ray. Sometimes if fractureissuspected, but x-ray is non-diagnostic, MRI can make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Would worsening lower spine damage cause bone on bone pain and leg weakness? Prev MRI diagnosis annular tear, ddd, scoliosis...

Would worsening lower spine damage cause bone on bone pain and leg weakness?  Prev MRI diagnosis annular tear, ddd, scoliosis...

Possibly: Your brief description of MRI findings demonstrate degenerative disease which would get slowly worse with time. If the leg weakness is new, i would see your doctor and get evaluated as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I have lumbar hypolordosis, sacroiliac joint pain and sciatic nerve pain and numbness, can these symptoms be linked?

I have lumbar hypolordosis, sacroiliac joint pain and sciatic nerve pain and numbness, can these symptoms be linked?

Yes: Likely the hypolordosis results in bulging disks that can cause the sciatic and numbness symptoms. The sacroiliac joint issues are on top of that causing pain. See spine/pain specialist to discuss your options for relief. ...Read more

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Can cervical spine pain, shoulder pain, tingling, ankle pain and burning eyes be symptoms of prediabetes?

Can cervical spine pain, shoulder pain, tingling, ankle pain and burning eyes be symptoms of prediabetes?

Very very unlikely: No, "diabetic neuropathy" involves the feet or rarely hands, but not the neck , ankles or shoulders ...Read more

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Can a full spine xray show any nerves being pinched? And a full spine xray include the lumbar region also?

Can a full spine xray show any nerves being pinched? And a full spine xray include the lumbar region also?

No and yes: Full spine x rays would involve the lumbar area. Plain films can help in diagnosing bone problems, and narrowing of the space between vertebrae, suggesting where a problem with a pinched nerve may arise from, but definitive diagnosis is more specifically acquired by more specialized testing, like MRI and nerve conduction studies. ...Read more

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Can fibromyalgia manifest after cervical spine surgery? Chronic pain 7 mos. After surgery with no known cause or signs on MRI but mild disc bulges.

Can fibromyalgia manifest after cervical spine surgery? Chronic pain 7 mos. After surgery with no known cause or signs on MRI but mild disc bulges.

It can manifest. : At any time. I live in southeastern wisconsin where fibromyalgia is considered to be endemic. I am shocked at the number of cases that i see. I remember practicing in illinois and rarely seeing anyone with this condition and when i practiced in michigan i can count on one hand the number of fibromyalgia patients that i saw. Now i estimate that i see 2-3 such patients per day. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Had neck MRI final result said DEGENERATION OF CERVICAL INTERVERTEBRAL DISC OTHER MUSCULOSKELETAL SYMPTOMS REFERABLE TO LIMBS what does this mean?

Had neck MRI final result said DEGENERATION OF CERVICAL INTERVERTEBRAL DISC
OTHER MUSCULOSKELETAL SYMPTOMS REFERABLE TO LIMBS what does this mean?

Degeneration: basically mean arthritic changes at the disc space. As for the other part of the statement about musculoskeletal symptoms, I'm not sure what it means in the context of an MRI report. It is referencing symptoms, not MRI findings. ...Read more

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What are sign and symptoms of lumbar disc prolapse?

What are sign and symptoms of lumbar disc prolapse?

Disc herniation: A prolapsed disc is another way to refer to a disc herniation. Most commonly seen on people aged 30-50 with a predominance in men. About one in 20 cases of acute low back pain are caused by a herniated lumbar disc. Other common symptoms include radiating pain, pins and needles, or numbness into the lower extremity, antalgia (painful gait), and rarely bowel or bladder dysfunction. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms following spinal cord injury?

What are the symptoms following spinal cord injury?

Numbness, paralysis: Spinal cord injury affects the function of things below the site of the injury. There is a direct relationship between the spot on the cord damaged and changes below that point. So, the higher up the injury, the more damage is noted. This can be leg numbness or paralysis, the same for arms and if the neck is involved, breathing may be affected. ...Read more

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Son is 24 with neck pain & tingling fingers. Can a posterior osteophyte c4-5 without spinal or foraminal stenosis cause these symptoms?

Yes: Yes it could. Visit your doctor for a complete exam and possibly referral to a pain medicine specialist who could offer an epidural steroid injection for treatment of the pain along with neuropathic agents (nerve pain medications). ...Read more

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Can sexual activities like ejaculation and orgasm cause worsening symptoms in patients with Spinal stenosis , Herniated disc , Bulging disc ?

Can sexual activities like ejaculation and orgasm cause worsening symptoms in patients with Spinal stenosis , Herniated disc , Bulging disc ?

Nothing permanent: Activity can affect these diseases but usually for the better. Exercise helps the problems but only a little. Bulging discs are rarely symptomatic so have at it. ...Read more