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Dr. Olav Jaren
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Nerve Damage (Definition)

A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more


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Can a person (female, 26) suffering from Hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy be given general anesthesia for the treatment of Diaphragmatic hernia?

Can a person (female, 26) suffering from Hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy be given general anesthesia for the treatment of Diaphragmatic hernia?

Depends: The severity of the neuropathy and the specific type of anesthetic are both important factors. This condition needs collaboration between your neurologistr and anesthesiologist (not anesthetist). Read more

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I have Spinal stenosis and neuropathy. Need surgery for prolapse.....is a spinal block instead of general anesthesia advisable? I use oxygen nightly

I have Spinal stenosis and neuropathy. Need surgery for prolapse.....is a spinal block instead of general anesthesia advisable? I use oxygen nightly

Depends: Muscles may need to be relaxed, and a block cannot do that like general anesthesia could, but for some of the minimally invasive options, this is possible. Discuss the procedure with your surgeon to know Read more

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I had a D&C 8 days ago. They had to use general anesthesia. When I woke my tip of tongue was numb. It is still numb. Is this nerve damage?

I had a D&C 8 days ago. They had to use general anesthesia. When I woke my tip of tongue was numb. It is still numb. Is this nerve damage?

Neuropraxia: Find out if they needed an oral airway, its a small plastic part that helps keep you airway open and rests on the tongue. If the tip was compressed under the plastic the tip can become numb because small sensor nerves get pinched for a better word. These problems should resolve in time Read more

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Can neuropathy be caused by cysts?

Can neuropathy be caused by cysts?

Sometimes: Subcutaneous cysts cannot. Cysts arising in or near the spine or joints can cause nerve compression. Read more

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Does osteoporosis cause neuropathy?

Does osteoporosis cause neuropathy?

No, there is: No association between osteoporosis and neuropathy with the exception of either trauma that could lead to nerve damage after fractures, or underlying metabolic issues which can increase progression of each separately, such as malabsorbtion issues. Read more

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Does neuropathy cause pain on your heels?

Does neuropathy cause pain on your heels?

It can: Heel pain can be caused by neuropathy but more often it is either plantar fasciitis (a heel spur) or lumbar radiculopathy (pinched nerve in your back) if it persists more than a week or so, visit your favorite podiatrist. Read more

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Have neuropathy. Not diabetic. Other causes?

Have neuropathy. Not diabetic. Other causes?

Causes of neuropathy: Other common causes of neuropathy are vitamin B12 deficiency and alcohol effects.

There are also causes from proteins (tested with SPEP), heavy metals (tested in the urine), conditions like lupus, infections, medication side effects, inherited disorders, etc. Read more

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What are the causes of neuropathy besides diabetes?

What are the causes of neuropathy besides diabetes?

Long list: Can be anything-- B12 deficiency, various autoimmune disorders, pinched nerves in the spine for example. You may want to see a neurologist for further evaluation if you have never seen one. Read more

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What are other causes of neuropathy besides diabetic?

Multiple: Vitamin deficiencies, with or without alcoholism, lead and other heavy metal poisoning. Autoimmune disease, and some cancers cause neuropathies. Read more

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What is the cause of itchy sensation due to neuropathy?

Nerve damage: Symptoms can range from numbness and tingling sensation, an itching or burning sensation, or an uncomfortable painful sensation of the extremities. Read more

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Can Trigeminial Neuropathy also cause the base of your head to hurt as well?

No: Distribution of the trigeminal nerve covers the face (V1 opthalmic branch representing forehead, V2 maxillary aka upper cheek, V3 mandibular aka low cheek/chin). The base of your head is supplied by different nerves (greater, 3rd, lesser occipital nerves coming off C2-3 roots). Occipital neuralgia causes shooting pain at the back of the head and C2-3 cervical radiculopathy can cause the same pain. Read more

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Is there anything that can cause neuropathy if a person doesn't have diabetes?

Is there anything that can cause neuropathy if a person doesn't have diabetes?

Pain, numbness.: Peripheral neuropathy can be caused by many things, including diabetes, excessive alcohol use, or chemotherapy. Patients can have tingling, burning, itching, a "tight" feeling, pain, and numbness, and once it happens it's impossible to get normal sensation back. Some medications reduce the tingling, but nothing can reverse numbness. Read more

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What is the differenc between neuropathy and mononeuropathy and what can cause them?

What is the differenc between neuropathy and mononeuropathy and what can cause them?

Neuropathy: Is basically the term used to describe damage to a nerve or nerves. This damage can be done by any number of things like metabolic issues, trauma, blood flow issues or autoimmune disease. Mononeuropathy is just a fancy way of saying neuropathy to a single nerve or nerve distribution. I hope this helps! Read more

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After all else fails, I've tried everything for peripheal neuropathy pain. Whay else is given? Don't know the cause of pn yet. Gng to mayo in sept

After all else fails, I've tried everything for peripheal neuropathy pain. Whay else is given? Don't know the cause of pn yet. Gng to mayo in sept

Fuzzy Question: Patients need to tell us what, where, when, why, how, who, etc. When did problem start, is constant, what type pain, does pain radiate, what diagnosis from other doctor, does activity incite symptom, does lying down or food worsen, what body part affected, any injuries, etc. Doctors need clues to increase guessability. Read more

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Is there a difference in the symptoms of neuropathy caused by a tumor & other neuropathy (not caused by tumors)? How do the symptoms in each differ?

Is there a difference in the symptoms of neuropathy caused by a tumor & other neuropathy (not caused by tumors)? How do the symptoms in each differ?

Not really...: Neuropathy is damage to a nerve with the effects usually felt at the point of damage downstream from the damaged area of the nerve. As the nerve does not necessarily differentiate what the damage is from, one from compression of a tumor may feel similar to one from a bulging a disc. However, every patient is different and every situation involving tumors and nerve damage will be different. Read more

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What are the causes of neuropathy after a gastric bypas?

What are the causes of neuropathy after a gastric bypas?

Neuropathy: Nutritional deficiencies can cause neuropathy so it is important to have your vitamin levels checked routinely. In completely healthy individuals (who have had bariatric surgery) it is unclear why neuropathy develops. Read more

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What causes peripheral neuropathy?

What causes peripheral neuropathy?

Many causes: There are many causes of peripheral neuropathy. Common causes are elevated blood sugar, alcohol, and vitamin B12 deficiency. A common "cause" is idiopathic neuropathy, meaning the cause cannot be found. Other causes include medicine side effects, certain kinds of infections, cancer, inherited causes, chemical exposure, and changes in blood chemistry. Read more

Dr. Karen Sibert
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Anesthesia (Definition)

Anesthesia is a field of study that involves methods of removing sensation, pain, and consciousness from a person in order to perform surgeries, do other uncomfortable procedures, or relieve his pain/suffering. A doctor specializing in ...Read more


Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Neuropathy (Definition)

Weakness, numbness, and pain from nerve damage, usually in ...Read more