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I'm experiencing very bad muscle like cramps and spasms in my upper back between the spine and shoulder. Feels like a compressed nerve. From injury.

Muscle spasm: Muscle spasm in the back between the spine and the shoulder following an injury is common because the entire shoulder is supported on muscle. The only attachment to the skeleton is between the Clavicle "collar bone" and the Sternum "breast bone". If recent, ice and Tylenol or Motrin with gentle range of motion and stretching. If injury was more than six weeks ago, I would see an orthopedist. ...Read more

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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I stumbled without any trauma or fall. Thigh muscle felt like it was tearing & there was a lot of pain, what would cause this? I do have scoliosis and a compressed nerve in my lower back. I was told this was the cause of these incidents, but this was def

I stumbled without any trauma or fall. Thigh muscle felt like it was tearing & there was a lot of pain, what would cause this? I do have scoliosis and a compressed nerve in my lower back. I was told this was the cause of these incidents, but this was def

Could be unrelated: It could be unrelated. However I would check to make sure your knee works normally. You can tear your quad tendon which can result in significant disability if not picked up quickly. ...Read more

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I have a sore back I think sciatic nerve pinch. The front of me quad muscle is numb down to the knee are they related?

I have a sore back I think sciatic nerve pinch. The front of me quad muscle is numb down to the knee are they related?

Meralgia paresthetic: Pain in the anterior & lateral (front & side) of the thigh is more often a pinched lateral cutaneous femoral nerve, rather than sciatic nerve. In any case, physical therapy can likely help both problems, but it's important to see your neurologist to get a diagnosis first. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can a person loose muscle mass in the leg from having a compressed nerve in the lumbar spine right at the nerve root and if so is the reversible?

Can a person loose muscle mass in the leg from having a compressed nerve in the lumbar spine right at the nerve root and if so is the reversible?

Yes: Chronic sciatica can cause not only numbess but also weakness and with time atrophy. Unfortunately, sometimes even with surgery to decompress the nerve, the weakness and atrophy may still persist. These type of findings may be a good indication for surgery. ...Read more

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Slipped disc, pinch nerve or muscle strain? I have 3 days lower back mild pressure in one point in the hip near spine. On difen b12 and muscle relaxer

Slipped disc, pinch nerve or muscle strain? I have 3 days lower back mild pressure in one point in the hip near spine. On difen b12 and muscle relaxer

Back strain: Probably not a "slipped" disk. This sounds more like a back strain. This should respond to muscle relaxers, NSAIDs, stretches, heat, time and manipulation. ...Read more

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Can a compressed nerve in the back cause you to have muscle weakness and wasting in your upper body and lower body. Arms and legs muscle.

Can a compressed nerve in the back cause you to have muscle weakness and wasting in your upper body and lower body. Arms and legs muscle.

Nerve Compression: Nerve compression can cause weakness and muscle wasting in the extremities. The nerves coming out of your neck go down the arm. The nerves coming out of the back go down your legs. If there is wasting in both the arms and the legs, their is likely a problem with both back and neck. See your chiropractor, for spine manipulation and rehabilitation. ...Read more

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I pinched my back muscle or nerve, what to do?

I pinched my back muscle or nerve, what to do?

Should resolve: Most flares of back pain resolve within a few weeks. Nsaids, heat/ice, stretching, chiro or pt treatments are all indicated. Xrays should be considered if there is concern for osteoporosis (post-menopausal, steroid medication history, thin, white, smoker) and if you are very tender over the spinal bones. Otherwise, imaging only needed if you develop sciatica or other neurological issue. ...Read more

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Difference in symptoms between muscle knots and pinched nerve on the back?

Difference in symptoms between muscle knots and pinched nerve on the back?

Sometimes: A pinched nerve can alao cause muscle knots or muscle spasms especially early on prior to the onset of sciatica. ...Read more

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What is the difference between muscle knots and pinched nerve on the back?

Pinch leads to knots: Muscle spasms can occur on their own without a pinched nerve, but commonly occur with pinched nerves. ...Read more

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How are nerves reconnected in back and neck? What is the timeframe for reattaching muscle and nerve in neck after tear and pull?

How are nerves reconnected in back and neck? What is the timeframe for reattaching muscle and nerve in neck after tear and pull?

Too vague: Have you seen non-physician? Sometimes non physicians (chiropractic) will use terms you described. ...Read more

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Can a torn muscle in neck and back be diagnosed and repaired if injury occurred several months ago? How are torn nerves diagnosed and treated?

Can a torn muscle in neck and back be diagnosed and repaired if injury occurred several months ago? How are torn nerves diagnosed and treated?

Exam, X-ray, MRI: A good exam, x-rays, and if indicated an MRI should be able to tell you the source of your pain. If you have already healed from your injury, your studies may all be normal. ...Read more

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Do muscles nerves etc run down front and around circumfrance of body? If these get pulled and torn can they be repaired? What if pulled from spine?

Do muscles nerves etc run down front and around circumfrance of body? If these get pulled and torn can they be repaired? What if pulled from spine?

Did you have injury?: Muscles and nerves are throughout the body, and trauma can cause damage anywhere. Every situation is different and treatment varies based on diagnosis and location. You seem concerned about a potential problem. Are you at risk? Contact your doctor and discuss. ...Read more

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How long do nerves and muscles take to heal after back surgery?

How long do nerves and muscles take to heal after back surgery?

It varies: It depends on how much irritation there was before surgery, how long it was there, and how much of those tissues were manipulated during that procedure. Many will improve quickly (days to weeks), others take months, and some never fully recover. Follow your surgeon's instructions, and ask questions if your recovery is delayed. ...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 woke up with feeling like squeezing muscle or nerves all over my body and left side of my back dull & burning almost everyday & can't sleep well?

I woke up with feeling like squeezing muscle or nerves all over my body and left side of my back dull & burning almost everyday & can't sleep well?

Fibromyalgia?: 61y fem. W. daily "squeezing pain all over my body" & left back "burns". This sounds musculoskeletal, and General Medical exam needed. If no distinct findings, then fibromyalgia needs to be considered. ...Read more

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Why do my chest muscles hurt when I flex them I haven't worked out my chest recently could it be coming from my back muscles or nerves? Chest twitches

Be observant: Twitches of muscle occur with magnesium deficiency. Magnesium can be lost with exposure to loud sounds and also with use of stimulants like coffee. Chronic stress coming from back pain could also increase magnesium losses. Topical magnesium oil can be applied on the skin in painful areas to see if magnesium deficiency in the underlying muscle is causing the tightness or pain. ...Read more

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Could pinched nerve (s) in back cause muscle pain throughout body?

Could pinched nerve (s) in back cause muscle pain throughout body?

Unlikely: If you are talking about the lower back, then answer is no. However, many conditions can cause generalized pain including pain in the spine. See a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Can tight upper back muscles cause nerve irritation? Prickly painful sensations.

Can tight upper back muscles cause nerve irritation? Prickly painful sensations.

Sort of.: Tight muscles can certainly cause prickly sensations in the overlying skin. This is probably due to irritation of small nerves. It may also be due to medications or anxiety. In any case, gentle stretching may help. ...Read more

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Can anterior shoulder instability cause nerve, tendon, muscle, shoulder blade problems?

Can anterior shoulder instability cause nerve, tendon, muscle, shoulder blade problems?

Yes: This is very plausible. To be sure, and due to the complex nature of the shoulder, and evaluation by an orthopedist would determine the exact cause of your symptoms. Best of luck. ...Read more

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I have severe anxiety and muscle tension as well and I had the SMG because of back problems and was. Told nerves were fine?

I have severe anxiety and muscle tension as well and I had the SMG because of back problems and was. Told nerves were fine?

If your: EMG is fine and your nerves are fine then theis cold tension is from stress and anxiety. You should consider exercise to relieve tension and also seeing a therapist for other coping mechanisms so you don't take everything out on your body. Talk to your prescriber of your Paxil (paroxetine) too. ...Read more

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I have a muscle in the back of my head that hurts when I cough or move my head and comb my hair. Could this be the trigminial nerve?

I have a muscle in the back of my head that hurts when I cough or move my head and comb my hair. Could this be the trigminial nerve?

See below: There are several muscles in the back of your neck that support your head. Coughing or moving your head could apply pressure to these muscles causing pain if you have a painful joint or disk. Trigeminal nerve pain typically causes facial pain ...Read more

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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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Back pain. Mid back. Only fine laying flat on back. Doesn't feel like a muscle issue as it's not sensitive to touch. Nerve?

Back pain. Mid back. Only fine laying flat on back. Doesn't feel like a muscle issue as it's not sensitive to touch. Nerve?

Pelvis subluxation?: 27y fem. W. "mid-back pain" better lying on back. Have seen in cases of sacroiliac subluxation caused by unilateral sacrotuberous ligament injury. Lying on back causes both posterior superior iliac spines to equally incur ground force of sleep surface & thereat shift both sacroiliac joints to neutral anatomic position. Detected by manual exam. Not discovered by MRI, which is "snapshot". Osteopath? ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more