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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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Does Prozac (fluoxetine) cause Ultram to work better? I saw that Prozac (fluoxetine) increases opiod receptors in brain. Have back pain, osteoarthritis pain, foot nerve damage.

Does Prozac (fluoxetine) cause Ultram to work better? I saw that Prozac (fluoxetine) increases opiod receptors in brain. Have back pain, osteoarthritis pain, foot nerve damage.

Unlikely: No evidence i know of that and there are significant interactions. Though interactions are the same there is evidence that Cymbalta (duloxetine) may help with chronic pain. Talk to your doctor about all the medications you are on and he/she can help you weigh the benefit vs risk of such combinations. ...Read more

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Why might my doctor order a brain MRI for back pain?

Why might my doctor order a brain MRI for back pain?

Complicated: If your doctor has evaluated your spine and all the studies are negative, then your doctor is looking for other causes of back pain. In a sense, all pain is perceived in the brain, and an injury to the brain could make you feel like you have back pain without a specific injury to your back. Brain problems such as a a mass, infarct, bleed, demyelinating disorder and others can produce your pain. ...Read more

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I am having a back pain, high degree constipation heavy left side due to constipation , left leg pain and sometimes left brain pointed irritation.Cure?

I am having a back pain, high degree constipation heavy left side due to constipation , left leg pain and sometimes left brain pointed irritation.Cure?

Too little info: I am not sure how these symptoms correlate. More information and clarification is needed. It is probably best if you see your family doc for a good history, physical and clarification of your symptom complex... ...Read more

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Is sharp pain in my left chest/armpit/arm, left side of brain ice pick like and tingling, and left abd and low left n right back pain endometriosis?

Is sharp pain in my left chest/armpit/arm, left side of brain ice pick like and tingling, and left abd and low left n right back pain endometriosis?

Jumping, Careful: Symptoms: only that. Almost always very non-specific, meaning have many different bases, person-to-person & time-to-time same-person. Symptoms, combined with many details: timing, pattern, associations, etc. Only 1 of many clues which may help sort out reasonable educated guess about what is happening. Many people get too much exercise - by jumping to conclusions - which are not true & harmful. ...Read more

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My mom is complaining of lower back pain. She has had cancer in lung and brain both removed. Should I worry?

Yes: 80% of people experience back pain and the usual response from urgent care or a primary md is appropriately to watch and wait, use heat/cold, pain meds, back strenghening program, pt, etc. However, in cancer patients with new pain we think cancer. This needs to be "ruled out" as normal back problems. In these cases we often due xr or MRI imaging much sooner than in "normal" people. ...Read more

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I have chest pain around heart. Behind the heart . That is back pain. My neck is very hard. I feel slow blood circulation to brain. My left is week?

I have chest pain around heart. Behind the heart . That is back pain. My neck is very hard. I feel slow blood circulation to brain. My left is week?

Seek medical attent: Chest pain, neck rigidity and sudden weakness are concerning for something critical. Is very important that you go to an emergency room as soon as possible to rule out any serious condition. www.otwithmd.com. ...Read more

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Hern l5s1.Leg&back pain.Foot drop.Failed s1nerveblock.Emg&conduct study with nuero&brain scan clear.The drop is unexplained.Any suggestions would help?

Hern l5s1.Leg&back pain.Foot drop.Failed s1nerveblock.Emg&conduct study with nuero&brain scan clear.The drop is unexplained.Any suggestions would help?

?second opinion: Your disc problem is a little low to explain foot drop, unless a disc fragment is lodged at l-5. If this involved peripheral peroneal nerve or nerve root, would usually be picked up on emg, but perhaps you have spinal cord extrinsic compression at some level, as another explanation. Mri of neck or mid-back should demonstrate whether this is an issue. Have a conference with your doctors. ...Read more

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Been having back pain, neck pain and tingling all over..even scalp. Blood work normal, brain MRI normal, stenosis in neck. Worried patient!

Been having back pain, neck pain and tingling all over..even scalp. Blood work normal, brain MRI normal, stenosis in neck. Worried patient!

Focus on stenosis: In certain people, even mild stenosis in the neck (narrowing of the openings where nerve roots travel) can lead to headaches. In fact these even have a name "cervicogenic headaches." Physical therapy that may include traction, therapeutic massage, and suboccipital release may bring relief, especially when integrated by the physical therapist into an overall aerobic exercise plan. ...Read more

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Brain And Nerves (Definition)

The brain and nerves are parts of the body, forming the "nervous system" that processes information, thought, and memory; the location of personality and emotions; and the control center ...Read more


Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more