Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar

Neurosurgery
Chapel Hill, NC
27 years experience male

Locations

Office

chapel hill, NC

Address

170 manning drive , campus box 7060, chapel hill, NC
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Neurosurgery

Languages spoken

English

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48 Answers
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Yes: If you are new to yoga would recommend working with a yoga instructor. If you have concerns regarding cervical disc etiology, discuss this further wit... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
More questions: Essential tremors are the most common reason. If you look up wiki there are a lot of other reasons. If you can have a glass of wine...Essential tremor... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Not usually: Some times in arthritic conditions like rheumatoid arthritis or other arthritic conditions. But at your age, that would be unlikely.
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Referred pain: The lymph chains are connected, either that or you are having myalgias related to swollen lymph nodes. You should seek medical opinion for why your... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
More information: Second impact can worsen concussion symptoms or bring on new symptoms depending on extent of injury.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Clarification: Stress could elevate you blood pressure causing hypertensive stroke/bleed. Also can be a risk factor for plaque build up in blood vessels.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Clarification: Usually description of symptoms should suffice to distinguish. But if you want tests...Arterial disease can be detected based on either ankle bracial ... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
More information: Sometimes one might get a bruise in the subcutaneous area under the skin, i.E a hematoma. Without other symptoms of meningitis...Nausea, vommiting, ne... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Not usually: Sciatic by itself may not. Sometimes the pain medications given to treat sciatica can. Some of the "nerve pills" neurontin, Lyrica (pregabalin) or Cod... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Medications: There are some medicationss that can interfere with the hormonal axis.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Good question: Depends on the amount of herniation. Small contained herniation may change with time/remodel. 1. Conservative treatment include:physical therapy, ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Good question: 1. Severe dehydration 2. There are some medical conditions in which there is more rbc's like polycythemia. 3. Other are more physiologic, like train... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Good question: Symptoms can be varied depending on location, size and tumor. Tumors in the posterior fossa can cause balance, nausea, vomitting, headaches. Tumors in... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Good question: Ct scan with contrast are quite sensitive to lesions about ).5-1cm in diameter. Mri brain +/- contrast is even more sensitive.
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Good question: I am assuming when he had the chest tube put in he was monitored and had some sedation? Sometimes the pulse oximeter readings can be off (movement, p... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Good question: Unlikely but possible. If you have trigeminal neuralgia, before starting medications for treatment. One would get an MRI brain, that would include t... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Information: Diabetic neuropathy is usually in extrmeties. Diet: some addtion of omega 3 topical capscacain ointment, other have tried easy-hot, topical Lido... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Depends: On severity and other related symtoms, timing etc. More commonly it is musculoskeletal.I.E local injury twisting, turning, fall etc. Based on your age... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Clarification: Cervical/lumbar or thoracic i am assuming you are talking about cervical. The canal diameter that you mention should be addressed depending on your s... Read More
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A 77-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Clarification: Lumbar degeneration, the discs, facets change with age, and can compress nerve roots to cause leg pain. Treatment based on severity of symtoms..Cons... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Clarification: Depending on the height of your fall. You should check in with your primary M.D. If the neck pain and dizziness persists and impairs you daily functio... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Questions: 1. Any recent trauma 2. History of migraine. 3. Recent fever/upper respiratory infection/flu etc. Most cases in a young person, it should be self... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Good question: 1. Nerve conduction study/emg is often used to assist make the diagnosis of cervical disc/brachial plexus/peripheral nrve compression. 2. Also helps ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Depends: 1. If you fell again or had a re-injury the concussion that you had at age 7 would be relevant. 2. If you had a period of time that you had no headac... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Yes : Lack of proper sleep can effect overall performance in all spheres, including memory. The reason behind lack of sleep could range from depression, too... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Depends : Depends on symptoms and age of person. Older with more weakness/confusion. If surgically drained on somebody doing well, they may spend anywhere fr... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Good question: Pregnancy relaxes your ligaments also the weight distribution through the spine is changed. So possible to have made things worse. Core strengthening,... Read More
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Clarification: Usually the cervical nerves will cause numbness in hands/legs/occassionally headaches/neck pain. If are having facial/scalp tingling it may be some cr... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Clarification: Have they done any studies like an magnetic resonance angiogram to evaluate? Should be safe in pregnancy. There is small risk with angiographic contra... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Good question: Infection-viral, bacterial, fungal blood- sub arachnoid hemorrhage inflammatory conditions affectng myelin multiple sclerosis, others spinal disses... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Good question: Symptoms vary depending on level and severity of bulge etc. 1. Annular bulge is a contained disc hernation 2. Dehydrated disc is loss of water co... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Interesting: Depends on how large the cyst was and for how long it was compressing the nerve. Usually, ovarian cysts do not compress the sciatic nerve/femoral/ or ... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Clarification: Any history of trauma? Infection esr is mildly elevated...Would repeat ESR to see trend. Was the MRI done with contrast? If you are worried abou... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Posture: Maybe worth getting x-ray one time to ensure you don't have any scoliosis. Talk to your doctor.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Clarification: Depends on symptoms and kind of work that you do. If one can modify work for light duty, you should be able to return to work in a few days. This mig... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Good question: There are some familial types related to von hippel lindau..Hemangioblastomas, nf1, nf2..Ther are a few more. Most brain tumors are not inherited. If ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Depends: Depends on location of tumor, treatment side effects etc. Check with treating m.D for clarification regarding location.
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Symptoms: If symptoms are mild, would try conservative treatment. Back strengthening, water aerobics.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Good question: Depends...Good shocks, good road, limited lifting, does put stress on the musculoskeletal system.
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Yes: The eyes try to maintain the same image in both eyes. The tumor in one occulomotor nerve does not effect the function directly. But the other muscles ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Clarification: Is this all the time or these symptoms come and go during the course of the day? If these are persistent you may benefit from being evaluated by your ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Clarification: 1. After cervical discectomy some times the nerve root can be irritated or recover from compression to cause pins/needle sensation. 2. Chiari decom... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Clarification: When you get the trigeminal pain does it come n left or right side in which distribution? Also is it related to a particular activity or time? If pe... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Clarification: Epidural steroids can be used as conservative treatment to treat and diagnose symptomatic levels.
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Balance?: You should get evaluted by physical therapy to ensure that you don't have balance issues. Could be due to lack of proprioecption(feet knowing where th... Read More
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A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Good question: 1. Depends on the extent of depression and compression on brain 2. Also depends on location: cosmesis, in front of hair line etc. 3. Also if there i... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Clarification: Small skin bleeding is not uncommon. If it is saturating through several bandages, should contact surgeon.
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sivakumar Jaikumar
27 years experience
Referral: Maybe a good time to get a referral to a local spine surgeon to go over information. If you have exhausted all conservative treatments.
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Jaikumar is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Jaikumar is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply! thank you so much for the quick reply the second head injury cause me to see stars and I got nauseated so I will have it a value weighted al
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It wasn't my question but I really appreciate this kind of support on health concerns from doctors that care. Thankyou4urtime
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I am 45 and lactaing. My prolactine and thyroid levels were normal.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio, TX
Graduated 1996MD

Awards

Top Doctor, Third Place, Durham, NC - Winter
2013
Top Neurosurgeon , First Place, North Carolina - Winter
2013
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