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can nerve damage heal?

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Dr. Aileen Shieu
Hand Surgery 20 years experience
Yes: If the damage does not cause the nerve to be completely cut, then healing can occur. If a nerve has been cut, it will need to be reconnected in order to grow. Nerve grows about 1 mm/day, so depending on where the injury is, it may take over a year for recovery. It is difficult after a nerve is cut to get 100% recovery, but some return of sensation can be expected after repair.
Dr. Annette Occhialini
Plastic Surgery 36 years experience
Some types: Some types of nerve injury can heal. For example a bruised nerve or compressed nerve can heal with time or relief of the compression. A nerve that has been cut may regrow from where it is cut if it is sewn back together.

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Does chinese medicine work for nerve damage?

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Traditional Chinese : With complete damage or loss of function, probably not.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Does it take a long time for vats-related nerve damage to heal?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 27 years experience
Yes: If the nerve damage is to skin and muscle the nerve may take a long time to regrow. Sometimes numbeness or neuropathic (nerve related) pain may take 6-12 months to go away completely. The good news is that there are a lot of new medications to help with pain control after vats.
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What essential oil can be used for the nervous system or nerve damage?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
? Vit b12, Cod liver: The nervous system has a limited change to recover from nervous death or sick cells. Vitamin b 12 and fish oil, omega 3 ( oil from cod liver) have been recommended but reconstruction of nerve cells can be achieved only by stem cell transplant and ordering the brain to repair the affected area ( physical therapy). Check what other drs. Have to say.
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How long takes a alveolar nerve damage to heal?

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Dr. Gary Wang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 40 years experience
Nerve damage heal: There are different type of nerve damage. If it is just demyelinating injury (damage the peel of nerve), it would need a few weeks to heal after the etiology removal. If axonal damage, the nerve need regrowth from spine about 2-3 mm per day if the pathway soft tissue (frame of nerve) is still intact. It is almost impossible to full recovery nerve function if both axon and frame are messed up.
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A 32-year-old male asked:

Is there anything you can do to help heal peripheral nerve damage?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Really general: In some situations - acupuncture can help with some types of peripheral nerve damage. This is just such a broad question that it is difficult to respond to.

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