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Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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Re: Gastroparesis , constant core and back pain, is it nerves or muscles causing this?

Re: Gastroparesis , constant core and back pain, is it nerves or muscles causing this?

Sometimes back pain: Gastroparesis delayed emptying of stomach. Sometimes acquired after presumed viral infection or can be related to diabetes mellitus. Some other neurologic diseases such as dystrophy and cerebral palsy. Some patients do have back pain. Should rule out other causes. Nuclear medicine gastric emptying test can confirm emptying problem. Should see physician if persists for evaluation. ...Read more

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I have a localized tingly feeling slightly below and left of my right breast, more noticable when i lay down. Accompanying back pain same side.Nerves?

I have a localized tingly feeling slightly below and left of my right breast, more noticable when i lay down. Accompanying back pain same side.Nerves?

Could be nerve: Tingling is usually a symptom that suggests a nerve is irritated, inflamed or compressed, and painful, if more severe. Nerves from your thoracic area travel to the area you describe along the path of ribs. If back pain in that pattern, a disc or other cause of nerve irritation from the back could be causing it. Request evaluation, reflexes and sensation should be checked at least. ...Read more

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On&offupper left back pain nerves or muscle?Could this also cause pain in arm&(chest warm twitching sensation) all this is giving me anxiety symptoms

On&offupper left back pain nerves or muscle?Could this also cause pain in arm&(chest warm twitching sensation) all this is giving me anxiety symptoms

Pain Management: Complaints of anxiety and chest/arm pains can be purely a muscle involvement however your complaints should be taken more seriously because they may represent conditions involving your heart. I would recommend to you that a full evaluation by your primary treating physician take place to assure you have no associated cardiac or other serious involvement in your case. ...Read more

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Is there any form of thermal ablation that is a permanent pain stop for chronic back pain or will the nerves still grow back?

Is there any form of thermal ablation that is a permanent pain stop for chronic back pain or will the nerves still grow back?

Nothing Permanent: Usually RFA lasts at least 12-18 months on average. Some people can get less relief if nerves re-grow sooner. In my patient base most people will come back for repeat treatments at around 12-15 months. Some of my patients have had multiple years of relief. Sometimes after the 2nd or 3rd treatment the nerves grow back slower. ...Read more

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My doctor tells me that I need an MRI on my back because of my constant back pain. He checked my nerves and said they they were OK. An ultrasound was also done. He found a slight curve in my spine. Are there any side effects of an MRI and what else other

My doctor tells me that I need an MRI on my back because of my constant back  pain. He checked my nerves and said they they were OK. An ultrasound was also done. He found a slight curve in my spine. Are there any side effects of an MRI and what else other

No side wffects: The MRI is a safe test that uses a magnet instead of X-rays. Because of this there is no radiation exposure. It is one of the best tests for deteriorated or herniated disk problems. Tests to get an answer are not always necessary. The MRI is usually done only if surgery is being considered , if your symptoms don't fit a specific pattern, or if the treatment isn't working. ...Read more

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Having back pain and when I bend head forward I can feel something pulling and painful. Have s pped discs and pinched nerves. Could this be the cause?

Having back pain and when I bend head forward I can feel something pulling and painful. Have s pped discs and pinched nerves.  Could this be the cause?

Yes: If it is clear that you suffer from displaced disks or pinched nerves in the neck then, certainly flexing the neck forward can create a pulling sensation on the spinal column and subsequently place drag or stretch on the nerves and vertebral disks which may not be perfectly aligned causing pain in the neck. Have you participated in some type of exercise therapy for your condition? ...Read more

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I am scheduled to have nerves in lower back cauterized to address back pain. Wondering about success of procedure in your experience. ?

I am scheduled to have nerves in lower back cauterized to address back pain.  Wondering about success of procedure in your experience. ?

Mixed: Back pain has many causes: muscles, disks, joints, ligaments, and referred pain from other sources. The small branch nerves to the facets which are treated with Facet Rhizotomy are only one part of the picture. In my experience, the success rate of Facet Rhizotomy has been less than 40 percent in terms of long term relief. This procedure is also called radio frequency ablation. ...Read more

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Can muscles or nerves cause lower back pain?

Can muscles or nerves cause lower back pain?

Yes: Both muscles and nerves can cause back pain and may be difficult to separate the body protects itself , so with nerve injury it goes into muscle spasm. ...Read more

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I had a strong upper back pain, even when i walk I have pain in the central lower back as well, can be related to nerves or spine problems?

I had a strong upper back pain, even when i walk I have pain in the central lower back as well, can be related to nerves or spine problems?

Back pain: Many conditions can cause back pain. In younger patients scoliosis is the most common cause. It can also be due to muscle spasm due to poor posture or improper lifting or twisting. Arthritic conditions and disk disease are more common in older patients but can happen on young adults as well. An x ray of the back would help. ...Read more

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If my back pain responded well to strong steroids and anti inflammatory meds does that mean i would benefit from those injections that numb the nerves?

If my back pain responded well to strong steroids and anti inflammatory meds does that mean i would benefit from those injections that numb the nerves?

Get 2nd opinion: With cardiac catherization, endoscopy procedures done, and taking otc pain, and prescription blood pressure meds, you may benefit from seeing an osteopathic doctor to evaluate your pain, and musculoskeletal issues further, before using injectables. Steroids and anti-imflammatories are not safe to use long term, because of their side effect profiles.So, look at some non-drug alternatives 1st. ...Read more

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How risky is for a 72 year old female have back surgery to align 2 vertrebass out of place are pinching nerves causing severe back pain and leg crams?

How risky is for a 72 year old female have back surgery to align 2 vertrebass out of place are pinching nerves causing severe back pain and leg crams?

Depends : The surgery that you describe in general is a big surgery that sounds like it would involve a fusion and spinal instrumentation. That being said, these are surgeries that are done frequently with good results. The things that make these surgeries risky are concurrent medical issues:heart problems, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis etc. The risk is also decreased with the experience of the surgeon. ...Read more

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I have lower back pain, have gone to pain specialist and have gotten some of my nerves burned to get rid of the pain. 3 weeks later the same painnus t?

I have lower back pain, have gone to pain specialist and have gotten some of my nerves burned to get rid of the pain. 3 weeks later the same painnus t?

Eval SI joint: Often there are several causes of pain. If the RFA was done correctly, the pain should be gone for 6-12 months. Are you using adjuvants like the gabapentinoids? Common back pain can also be caused by sacro,iliac joints and lumbar muscles. I do,assume you had a good work up,with imaging and EMG........to determine pain generator. ...Read more

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I'm 30 yrs old and dealing with low back pain for last three years. Have had epidurals, facet injection, rfa of l5-l1 nerves and no fix yet. ?

I'm 30 yrs old and dealing with low back pain for last three years. Have had epidurals, facet injection, rfa of l5-l1 nerves and no fix yet. ?

Need to see spine md: Have you done pt or have a weight issue or strong family history of back issues? Do you exercise and is your core strong? If ok on these, then need to see a spine specialist. ...Read more

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What is the difference between muscle pain and nerves pain ?Because recently I have lower back pain but it feels like a shock

What is the difference between muscle pain and  nerves pain ?Because recently I have lower back pain but it feels like a shock

Ache vs. Sharp: Typically muscle pain is more of a aching soreness and nerve pain typically feels sharp, stabbing, burning, cold-like, shocking , electric-like, etc... Hope that helps. ...Read more

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When i lower my chin to my chest while slightly leaning forward, lower back pain increases and radiated to hips. Nerves or muscles?

When i lower my chin to my chest while slightly leaning forward, lower back pain increases and radiated to hips. Nerves or muscles?

Low back pain: Depending on your clinical history ; exam findings, that could suggest lumbar radicular nerve root or sciatic nerve pain from stretching nerves. As well, paraspinal erector muscles commonly accompanies lumbar disc degeneration, and can hurt when stretched. Meninges (membranes encasing the spine and nerve roots) can also hurt when stretched. Have your neurologist check you out. Good luck! ...Read more

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What are symptoms of damaged nerves in left leg.I have pain above knee that radiates to fumer to hip.Sometimes the whole leg from behind.No back pain?

What are symptoms of damaged nerves in left leg.I have pain above knee that radiates to fumer  to hip.Sometimes the whole leg from behind.No back pain?

Depends: Damaged nerve pain is usually described as electrical shocks, burning, stabbing, pins and needle sensations. The pain can be exacerbated with movement but it can arise spontaneously. I would see a physician to work this up further. Damage to nerves can also present as weakness in the leg. ...Read more

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Back Pain (Definition)

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Pain In The Back (Definition)

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