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A 41-year-old member asked:

what about vagus nerve stimulation as a treatment for chronic depression?

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Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Lukewarm option: Vagal nerve stimulation (vns) for treatment resistant depression is fda approved (2005). However, subsequent studies have not been too supportive of its use. There are many medication options and combinations these days as well as transcranial magnetic stimulation (less invasive) and electroconvulsive therapy (still an effective treatment).

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A 37-year-old member asked:

When does postpartum depression usually present after giving birth?

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Dr. Terrence Harris
Obstetrics and Gynecology 23 years experience
Up to 6 months: Pp depression can present anywhere from immediately following birth, up to 6 months after. If at any time you feel symptoms of depressed mood, talk with your doctor. There are treatments available, and if caught early enough, medication may not be necessary.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Will my depression have a negative impact on my baby while I am pregnant?

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Yes: It is possible. Most of the medications used to treat depression have rare but serious problems in the newborn. Women whose depression worsens may not eat well or take good care of themselves which could affect the pregnancy.
A 27-year-old member asked:

Can urinary incontinence be caused by decreased (improper) nerve function of the sacral nerve supply?

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Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Yes: The nerve centers in the sacrum are very important for bladder function. One of the most important centers is at s3. Loss of s3 function can cause urge incontinence, bladder spasms, urinary retention or stress incontinence.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Do "the shakes" indicate nerve damage?

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Dr. Michele Arnold
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 22 years experience
Not typically: Tremor is typically unrelated to the nerves in your arms, legs, and spinal cord. Areas deep in the brain control your coordination, smoothing muscle contractions. Tremor can be inherited, or related to degeneration of coordination centers in the brain. It can also be triggered by caffeine, tobacco, & other stimulants. A neurologist can often distinguish the type by examining you.
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A 30-year-old female asked:

Fell off my high bed - does numbness on the inside of my forearm mean that I have nerve damage?

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Dr. Kevin Considine
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Yes: It depends on the severity of the contusion or injury to the forearm. But yes numbness could be a sign of nerve damage or if less severe- just a temporary nerve injury. Often times these injuries are less severe and as a result the numbness simply goes away on its own.
Dr. Mark Sterling
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 30 years experience
There are reversible nerve injuries called neuropraxias, so even if this goes away it is an injury. There are treatments available depending on the cause so see your doctor.
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