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A 33-year-old member asked:

can epidurals cause vagal nerve damage?

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Dr. Gary Roach
Anesthesiology 42 years experience
No: The vagus nerve originates in the brain, so an injection affecting spinal nerves should have no effect.
Dr. Lewis Margolis
Anesthesiology 48 years experience
Epidural complicatio: Epidurals are injections of local anesthetics and/or steroids into the space superficial to the spinal fluid. I think any complication affecting the vagus nerve would involve insertion of the epidural needle and the patient's reaction to this - such as a vasovagal slowing of the heart rate or even fainting. An experienced anesthesiologist can easily treat this complication.

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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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A 24-year-old member asked:

What causes adult laryngeal nerve palsy?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Depends: There are many causes of laryngeal nerve paresis (palsy). The most common cause is after surgery.. Thyroid surgery, neck surgery or cardiac surgery. It could be caused by a tumor or mass affecting the nerve. It may also be idiopathic... No known cause - likely viral. If you suspect laryngeal nerve palsy, you should be seen by an ent.
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Dr. Ram Madasu commented
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
In many cases, recurrent nerve palsy that occurs on one side(unilateral) can be treated with conservative measures such as voice therapy. Eventually , the opposing vocal cord can compensate to improve laryngeal function.
Aug 14, 2013
A 32-year-old female asked:

What meds can b used for fibromialgia and neropathy, if u can't take nurotin, lyrica, (pregabalin) cymbalta?

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Dr. Julian Bragg
Neurology 17 years experience
Many options: There are multiple other medications that can be helpful in individual cases, including amitryptiline, lamotrigine, and others. A neurologist or rheumatologist can help guide your treatment.

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