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I, too, believe I have a pinched nerve that is causing a pinching sensation down my left arm. I also have left side rib pain esp. when coughing or tur?

I, too, believe I have a pinched nerve that is causing a pinching sensation down my left arm. I also have left side rib pain esp. when coughing or tur?

If you're asking...: ...whether the two are related, it's not likely. Also, a "pinched" nerve does not mean you will have "pinching" sensations in the affected limb. That's a misinterpretation of a colloquial term for a compression neuritis/neuropathy or radiculitis/radiculopathy. ...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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2 months ago I had two pieces of my rib removed on back. I am now feeling sharp, burning pains along side of my rib. Pinched nerve? What Can I do?

Why did you have it?: What was the reason for the surgery? Could you have impingement on an intercostal nerve? Yes. If so, response depends on the background situation. If you don't have pain proneness and no other background pain syndromes then injection of an impinged intercostal nerve can be helpful. Was the background problem something that could be progressive? Do you need re-eval for that? ...Read more

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I keep getting numbness in my back that wraps around to my rib cage, both sides, and i can pinpoint it, it is midback. No pain. Pinched nerve?

I keep getting numbness in my back that wraps around to my rib cage, both sides, and i can pinpoint it, it is midback. No pain. Pinched nerve?

Get imaging: Could be...I'd get imaging of the Thoracic spine (an MRI). if it wraps around one side and gives you numbness is a classis distribution, it could be a disc herniation or a pinched nerve for another reason. If it's on both sides, i'd get some imaging of this area given your history of duodenal issues ...Read more

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Is there a possible connection between pericarditis and pinched nerve(s) in your back? Had peri 8 weeks ago and my back/rib cage still hurt pretty bad

Is there a possible connection between pericarditis and pinched nerve(s) in your back? Had peri 8 weeks ago and my back/rib cage still hurt pretty bad

Yes it is a possible: That there could be referred pain or that you may have some muscular pain or myalgias from your infection in that region. It could also be just muscular pain from being inactive while you were sick. The other remote possibility is that the infection may have spread to the spine if it was a bacterial infection so if the pain is increasing or persisting tell your physician. ...Read more

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Having bone pain on left side, hip, shoulder and ribs. Alkaline pos level is250. Is it a pinched nerve?

Having bone pain on left side, hip, shoulder and ribs. Alkaline pos level is250. Is it a pinched nerve?

Not likely: Probably need plain xrays, a bone scan, determine if alk phos is originating from bone and rule out paget's disease among other items. ...Read more

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Is there a scan that can identify, muscle, tendon, or nerve damage closer to spine or ribs, or pinched nerve? I ve chronic backpain & MRI was normal?

Is there a scan that can identify, muscle, tendon, or nerve damage closer to spine or ribs, or  pinched nerve?
I ve chronic backpain & MRI was normal?

Not really: Mri is the best test to see pinched nerves in the back. If a superficial muscle is suspected to be torn an ultrasound can be done but this is not used for spinal issues. Unfortunately even with all our current technology we don't have tests that see everything. A good physician should be able to diagnose your back pain in spite of the lack of a test to tell. ...Read more

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