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Please tell me, could a pinched nerve cause paralysis?

Please tell me, could a pinched nerve cause paralysis?

Yes: If pinching is severe enough paralysis can occur. If there is weakness in an arm or leg you need the advice of a surgeon.

Palsy (Definition)

...is a corruption of French "paralise" from Latinized Greek "paralysis." In the old days it meant any kind of persistent weakness. To this day Parkinson's disease is also called "paralysis agitans" which is a Latin translation of Dr. Parkinson's original name for it, the "shaking palsy." We've obviously reborrowed the full form "paralysis" into English as well; today ...Read more


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If you have a pinched nerve in the upper spine and it causes permanent paralysis, is the paralysis only in the location the nerve attaches to?

If you have a pinched nerve in the upper spine and it causes permanent paralysis, is the paralysis only in the location the nerve attaches to?

Yes: That is correct. The muscles connected to the damaged nerves will not work correctly, or will not work at all. Other nerves that are undamaged will continue to send signals to their muscles, and keep them moving properly. However, muscles work together as groups of muscles. That means weakness or paralysis in a few muscles can make a limb malfunction even if other muscles in the limb are working.

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Can cervical spine root damage cause permanent paralysis in your entire body? From c1-c8? Can a pinched nerve in this area cause full body paralysis?

Can cervical spine root damage cause permanent paralysis in your entire body? From c1-c8? Can a pinched nerve in this area cause full body paralysis?

Not really.: Spinal CORD runs from brain down spine encased in column of vertebral bones. Spinal NERVE exits between bones providing movement and sensation to a very specific body area. Damage to NERVE can produce loss of function and sensation only in a local area. Damage to CORD can produce loss of function and sensation below the level of the injury. Injury above C4 paralyses respiration - often fatal

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What causes bell's palsy? I know its caused by a pinched nerve, im asking what causes the nerve to become pinched?

What causes bell's palsy? I know its caused by a pinched nerve, im asking what causes the nerve to become pinched?

Bell's palsy...: ...usually is not due to a "pinched" nerve at all. The usual cause of Bell's palsy is a herpes infection (herpes simplex virus type 1, i.e. HSV1) involving the facial nerve. Presumably you are under a doctor's care for the problem? If not, see a doctor right away. If you are, keep in touch with that doctor's office. Good luck!

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Can a compressed nerve lead to permanent damage and paralysis? Specifically cervical and right arm. Thanks

Can a compressed nerve lead to permanent damage and paralysis? Specifically cervical and right arm. Thanks

There is always that: Chance that nerve compression can led to permanent changes -that can occur with a. Acute or sudden onset or in a chronic setting but it is not the usual scenario with most resolving non operatively. If there are significant findings immediately or progressing findings of weakness especially one should consult with an orthopedic spine surgeon or neurosurgeon for an opinion.

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Pinched nerve in the spine can cause temp face paralysis Bell Palsy? Started sleeping on right side and started moving left face. Inflammation? Chiro?

Facial nerve: Bells palsy is caused by compression or inflammation of the facial nerve. The nerve starts in the brain stem and exists skull away from the spine. In my opinion a cervical spine problem would be an unusual cause of Bell's palsy. Don't think cervical manipulation with a chiropractor would be very beneficial for this condition.

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Can a pinched nerve cause dizziness?

Can a pinched nerve cause dizziness?

Yes: Any discomfort in the body can make a person worries and feels light headed. Start with your primary care doctor!

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Can a pinched nerve cause a hemiparesis?

Can a pinched nerve cause a hemiparesis?

No: A single pinched nerve may cause weakness in the distribution of that nerve only. Hemiparesis=weakness on half the body should be caused by something larger like a stroke or compression of the spinal cord/disease of the spinal cord.

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Please tell me, could a pinched nerve cause fingers to lock?

Please tell me, could a pinched nerve cause fingers to lock?

Maybe: If you are referring to both hands then it would be unusual as cervical nerve root problems are usually unilateral. Other potential causes include carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar nerve entrapment at the elbow, or primary muscle disorders. A good history and physical exam can sort this out and determine if an EMG is necessary. Good luck and well wishes.

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Can a pinched nerve cause numbness in entire keft side?

Not usually: Pinched nerves follow a specific pathway of pain in what is called a dermatome. These are isolated and well mapped in human anatomy. A pinched nerve usually affects one part of an arm or leg or specific part of the body, not an entire side of the body.

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It could be possible that a pinched nerve cause sharp pains in lower back?

It could be possible that a pinched nerve cause sharp pains in lower back?

Numb leg: Yes! Sharp pain in a lower extremity due to nerve compression can cause this. Relieve by squatting down to flex the lumbar spine. Usually, anti-inflammatory medications can help, as well as some core strengthening with a flexion-based exercise program. Make sure nothing else is the cause of the leg pain! see a doctor and maybe have a scan performed. U need a diagnosis!

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Can a pinched nerve cause tooth pain?

Can a pinched nerve cause tooth pain?

No, Nerve impingement: Can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging disc. It can cause muscle spasm and back pain. This condition must be professionally managed. See an interventional pain management specialist for definitive diagnosis and management. See your dentist for tooth pain.

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Can a pinched nerve cause tongue and facial numbness?

Can a pinched nerve cause tongue and facial numbness?

No: By "pinched nerve, " I am assuming you mean in the spine. The nerve providing sensation to the face and the multiple nerves that contribute to the tongue come from the skull base, not the spine.

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Can a pinched nerve cause pain in the neck (jugular area) and pain around the top of your head which is sensitive to touch?

Yes: Pinched nerves can cause so much actual and referred pain. So, if you've had the pain for more than a week or few days, call your PCP, and have it examined, and see what is going on. If it's musculoskeletal, it's easily fixed or remedied with meds, PT, or osteopathic manipulation by a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO).If it's more than that, you'll be visiting a neurologists. So, start w/UR PCP!

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Can a pinched nerve cause breast pain?

Can a pinched nerve cause breast pain?

Yes: If the fourth thoracic nerve root is involved, then the breast pain can be a symptom.

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Can a pinched nerve cause ankle/shin pain?

Can a pinched nerve cause ankle/shin pain?

2 considerations: Lumbar spine dysfnctn, such as disc, might pinch nerve and cause radiating pain, but you could have nerve compression at ankle (tarsal tunnel syndrome) resulting in referred pain to calf. However, also consider ankle arthritis, and even varicose veins.

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Can a pinched nerve cause stomach pain?

Can a pinched nerve cause stomach pain?

Abdominal pain: Potentially, a pinched thoracic nerve could cause pain that radiates around the flank and possibly to the abdomen. Thoracic pinched nerves are much less common than cervical or lumbar.

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Could a pinched nerve cause lower back pain?

Could a pinched nerve cause lower back pain?

Yes: The goal is to relieve the pressure on the nerve a diminish the local inflammation. Resting in a position to relieve strain in that area is useful. Icing can be a great relief and the use of nsaids is frequently helpful. Massage is a good reliever but if the condition persists week after week or is worsening, then you need to be evaluated by your orthopod.

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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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Paralysis (Definition)

A paralyzed limb cannot be voluntarily moved, and the term reflects leg involvement, paraplegia, full body, quadriplegia, and less than full, tetraplegia. Causes can be many, including stroke, trauma, ...Read more