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I have found out I got nerve pain but I am still waiting for an MRI to see what's causing the pain have u got and advice for me how to ease the pain?

I have found out I got nerve pain but I am still waiting for an MRI to see what's causing the pain have u got and advice for me how to ease the pain?

Vague: I would consult the dr. That ordered your mri. Can't just start prescribing meds without hopefully determining a source of your problem. You might try warm water aerobics/baths/etc. Or stretching, but hard to make any educated advice without even knowing where the nerve pain is located. ...Read more

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Mri (Definition)

Mri or magnetic resonance imaging is one of the more recently developed imaging modalities available to physicians. It uses powerful magnets to generate images. There is no ionizing radiation which is a major advantage over many other modalities. Mri is the best imaging exam that we have for most soft tissue and joint related problems. There are radiologists ...Read more


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my mri found 5 herniated discs and a tear in my thecal sac. Pain just keeps getting worse, and I now I shooting nerve pain, headaches and blurryness.

my mri found 5 herniated discs and a tear in my thecal sac. Pain just keeps getting worse, and I now I shooting nerve pain, headaches and blurryness.

Spine evaluation: It sounds like you had imaging ordered by a specialist. I encourage you to follow up with a specialist in spine surgery for a full history and physical exam. Your physician will evaluate the spinal imaging you had performed and also evaluate you for conditions such as spinal stenosis and possible problems with cerebrospinal fluid circulation and your headaches and neurological symptoms. Good luck. ...Read more

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What can cause erratic nerve pain down one leg? Spine MRI normal, lumber spine fine.

What can cause erratic nerve pain down one leg? Spine MRI normal, lumber spine fine.

See pain management: Impingement of the S1 nerve can lead to weakness and erratic nerve pain down one leg. The interventional pain management involves special procedures to treat and manage nerve impingement pain. Ask your PCP for the specialist referral. ...Read more

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Thigh goes numb nerve pain when lying had MRI for this year's ago showed nothing I have a knot on side of thigh dime sized hard tofeel at times burns?

Thigh goes numb nerve pain when lying had MRI for this year's ago showed nothing I have a knot on side of thigh dime sized hard tofeel at times burns?

Meralgia Paresthetic: This could be Meralgia Paresthetica - which is a benign neuropathy of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve. This would not be diagnosed by an MRI. I am not sure the know is related and could be a benign lipoma. Your physician can confirm the Meralgia Paresthetica or have you see a neurologist. ...Read more

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Have recently been in a rta, since then my leg has become very weak and suffering from severe nerve pain down outer thigh. Mri rules out spine. Help?

Have recently been in a rta, since then my leg has become very weak and suffering from severe nerve pain down outer thigh. Mri rules out spine. Help?

Recommend EMG/NCS: Recommend you see a nerve/spine specialist (usually a neurologist or physiatrist) that does a lot of nerve conductions studies or is board certified in EMG to rule out any nerve entrapment or injury. If the MRI rules out your spine as a source then a nerve injury might need to be evaluated. ...Read more

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MRI says Postero central and paracentral disc protusion at L5 S1 nerve pain left^right is surgery required although after rest less pain and relief.

MRI says Postero central and paracentral disc protusion at L5 S1 nerve pain left^right is surgery required although after rest less pain and relief.

No surgery: If pain is better with rest or meds then no surgery is indicated. Watch out for urinary or bowel incontinence, leg weakness and numbness around anal aperture, coz that would be serious such as cord compression. ...Read more

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Have had leg nerve pain, got mri, showed mild arthritis in facet joints. What are they?

See below: The facet joints are cartilage covered joints that link one vertebrae with another. They guide the motion of the spine. With age they do get more arthritic but do not always cause pain. Pain from facet joints is usually achy and can certainly radiate down into the leg. Usually the pain from facet joints goes into the buttocks, back of the thigh and sometimes to the upper calf. Worse with standing. ...Read more

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Can muscle unbalances cause Pain in SI joint Area on one side? Plus nerve pain down leg. Had MRI and showed no disk problems, pain in side really sharp

Yes but may not b: Yes muscle involvement can be involved, but also the facet joints can also cause radiating down the leg. As part of your evaluation the other thing to consider is if the nerve is being irritated outside the spine such as by the piriformis muscle. These are things your physician will need to try to evaluate and help you ...Read more

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Lower disc pain in my back, slight numbnes and nerve pain at R foot, then both feet, L-MRI is normal, Neurologist and ortho says normal. I'm not comfort?

Lower disc pain in my back, slight numbnes and nerve pain at R foot, then both feet, L-MRI is normal, Neurologist and ortho says normal. I'm not comfort?

Numbness: A bulging or herniated lumbar disk causing numbness in both feet is highly unusual. Peripheral neuropathy is a more likely cause. Tests like an EMG, vitamin b12 level, hgbA1c (diabetes test), thyroid studies may be considered. Discuss this with your physician or neurologist. ...Read more

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Can SI Joint pain cause nerve pain in the calf? Get horrible pain at night when trying to sleep. Had MRI and have no disk problems, so confused.

Sciatica: SI joint pain alone can't, but if you have a muscle spasm irritating your sciatic nerve, it can cause pain shooting down your leg. This requires very specific treatment. See your doctor who can examine you and prescribe the correct medications. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Six weeks after laminectomy, MRI shows a 9 cm pseudo meningocele coupled with head and eye pains, left leg nerve pain. Surgery to repair or wait?

Six weeks after laminectomy, MRI shows a 9 cm pseudo meningocele coupled with head and eye pains, left leg nerve pain. Surgery to repair or wait?

Pseudomeningocoele: You a loosing CSF that will cause low pressure HA. The hole in your meninges probable needs a patch to prevent this. Possibilities of spontaneous closure seem limited. Get a second opinion, from a different clinic or out of town if your surgeon is reluctant to fix it. ...Read more

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Back pain right foot nerve pain, numbness in both feet, specially when bending moving object running, MRI is normal Is that common? Should I have x-ray?

Back pain right foot nerve pain, numbness in both feet, specially when bending moving object running, MRI is normal Is that common? Should I have x-ray?

MRI of what??: The symptoms you describe could be from your lumbar spine! If your spine MRI is normal the next step would be a visit to a Neurologist! Another xray would be useless!

Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more

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I have nerve pain in my right foot when bending, doing some activities&when holding an object, plus a lower back pain, Lumbar MRI is normal. Sacrum MRI?

I have nerve pain in my right foot when bending, doing some activities&when holding an object, plus a lower back pain, Lumbar MRI is normal. Sacrum MRI?

CT Scan: I would suggest a CT scan of the lumbar back. Your symptoms are still suggestive of an L4 radiculopathy.
MRI is better at seeing muscles not nerves. Ask the radiologist to suggest the best imaging test. Some CT scans use dye some do not. Your regular doctor can order the CT based on the radiologists input.
An Orthopedic spine specialist could offer better diagnostic/imaging next steps as well. ...Read more

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Causes of nerve pain from the L. thumb-wrist, to the L. Arm bicep, with a swollen 1 in. Lump around Extensor pollicis brevis, with a clear neck MRI?

It could be due to a: Several conditions like De Quervain's tenosynovitis which is a painful inflammation of the tendons on the thumb side of the wrist, carpal tunnel syndrome affecting the tendon across the wrist, a radial nerve or other nerve entrapments, or an abnormal fluid collection like a ganglion cyst. See a specialist for electrodiagnostic testing or imaging studies. ...Read more

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Other causes of severe nerve pain in both legs, feet, pelvis and groin with tingling, numbness. Mri shows no compression in spine, no diabetes. Help?

Other causes of severe nerve pain in both legs, feet, pelvis and groin with tingling, numbness. Mri shows no compression in spine, no diabetes. Help?

Abnormal nerve: Neuropathy is a condition resulting from abnormal nerve function. Neuropathy can be due to certain vitamin deficiencies, nerve damage due to trauma, alcohol consumption, radiation, side effects of certain medications, or due to certain medical conditions such as diabetes. Treatment varies depending on the cause of the problem. Have it evaluated and appropriately treated. ...Read more

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Can trigeminal neuralgia be seen in MRI?

Can trigeminal neuralgia be seen in MRI?

Rarely: Sometimes you can see a vascular anomaly like an extra loop or an aneurysm causing compression on the CN5 but in most cases mri/mra brain come back normal ...Read more

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Have Glossopharyngeal neuralgia on right side, bilateral palatal tremors, and nerve compression on mri, but my uvula deviates to side of lesion. Why?

Have Glossopharyngeal neuralgia on right side, bilateral palatal tremors, and nerve compression on mri, but my uvula deviates to side of lesion. Why?

Glossopharyngeal: neuralgia is a rare condition that occurs in the areas innervated by the SENSORY branches of the glossopharyngeal (CN9) and vagus (CN10) nerves. You also have a motor component weakness, where uvula deviates toward strong side. Hope it makes sense.
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Is Trigeminal Neuralgia always visible on an MRI scan?

Is Trigeminal Neuralgia always visible on an MRI scan?

I'm not sure it is.: Talk to a Radiologist on HealtthTap for a definitive answer... ...Read more

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My MRI report shows a disc protrusion with pressure t6t7 nero didn't mention it even though I went to him with symptoms of bilat intercostal neuralgia?

My MRI report shows a disc protrusion with pressure t6t7 nero didn't mention it even though I went to him with symptoms of bilat intercostal neuralgia?

Did the doctor look: At the actual images or report or both. The doctor, if looking at the actual images and also evaluating you, is in a better position to assess you than if just relying on a report. The other question is did the doctor review anything at the time of your visit? You should call the doctor to clarify the report's findings. The doctor can give you an explanation to you about the report. ...Read more

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Had a clear MRI after a diagnosis of Trigeminal Neuralgia. What could this mean? Tegretol XR 400mg twice a day has significantly reduced pain flares.

Had a clear MRI after a diagnosis of Trigeminal Neuralgia. What could this mean? Tegretol XR 400mg twice a day has significantly reduced pain flares.

DX=Trigeminal Neural: A clean MRI (with contrast) simply means there is no obvious INTRACRANIAL explanation to your diagnosis of TN. But there are certain assumptions being here such as if you for sure HAVE neuralgia and not NEUROPATHY which can sometimes be mistaken. Have you had a neurological examination? If not, that should be your next step. Want to chat about it? Www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi Key Code: PDXFNR ...Read more

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What's the difference btn sinus headache and supraorbital neuralgia? Dr suspects SN but I also suffer from sinus issues. All scans/mri's clean

What's the difference btn sinus headache and supraorbital neuralgia? Dr suspects SN but I also suffer from sinus issues. All scans/mri's clean

"Sinus" headache?: I don't know where this popular myth of the "sinus" headache came from. I suspect it was invented by the makers of Dristan. 99% of people who think they have "sinus" headaches, don't, including, I'm pretty sure, you. Does "clean" scans mean normal sinuses? If so, you DON'T have sinus "issues." You should eliminate the "sinus" headache from your thinking unless a doctor tells you different. ...Read more

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My mum has trigeminal neuralgia for more than 4 months. Mri showed small ischemic lesions. Please explain what are they and its side effects. ..

My mum has trigeminal neuralgia for more than 4 months. Mri showed small ischemic lesions. Please explain what are they and its side effects. ..

Brain attack: Ischemic lesion (stroke) is caused by inadequate blood supply to the brain and selective neuronal necrosis. Ischemic lesions covering the trigeminal spinal tract and nucleus and this condition leads to a secondary trigeminal neuralgia. ...Read more

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Can Supraorbital Neuralgia cause naseau? Dr suspects this. Can SN go away without anything like Aleve (naproxen)? Does SN show up on MRI bran scan? Mine was clean

Can Supraorbital Neuralgia cause naseau? Dr suspects this. Can SN go away without anything like Aleve (naproxen)? Does SN show up on MRI bran scan? Mine was clean

Yes: Any type of significant pain may cause nausea. Supra orbital neuralgia is not seen on an MRI or any x-ray studies. It can worsen and improve with nothing in particular. If medications are necessary may want to consider antidepressant and anti-convulsant. Good luck ...Read more

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I got infraorbital neuralgia, Brain MRI=good, CT scan = chronic maxillary sinus issue on side of the neuralgia. Could there be a relation?

I got infraorbital neuralgia, Brain MRI=good, CT scan = chronic maxillary sinus issue on side of the neuralgia. Could there be a relation?

Yes: Yes. Strong chance of relationship. See ENT doc with special expertise in sinus problems for management of chronic sinusitis. Resolve chronic sinusitis and see what happens to infraorbital pain.
"Burning" pain is difficult to treat. If no resolution, see orofacial-TMJ doc. ...Read more

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Can Supraorbital Neuralgia affect the sinus area? Dr suspects SN. A dull ache right above the right eyebrow. No migraines. MRI brain scan clean.

Can Supraorbital Neuralgia affect the sinus area? Dr suspects SN. A dull ache right above the right eyebrow. No migraines. MRI brain scan clean.

The frontal sinuses: Behind the eyebrows so it is possible. Make sure you are not getting referred pain patterns that could originate in the neck by the atlas (C1) as often it does refer to eyebrow pain. Get a second opinion from an osteopathic doctor too to correlate the findings. The osteopathic adjustment can help clear sinuses, and referred pain. Anything residual will be some other diagnosis that warrants workup. ...Read more

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My ENT thinks I have cranial neuralgia, ordered mri. What might I be faced with? My most common pain is coccyx, right side head/eye pain, stiff neck.

Fever?: I don't think the coccyx has anything to do with the remainder. If you have any of the following, you should go to the hospital: fever, nausea/vomiting/blurred vision. ...Read more

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I have occipital neuralgia, ddd & scoliosis. Very likely have eds type iv. Base of head feels like a vice & unexplained bruising behind r ear.? Help? I have ferrous metal clips-mri? Chiari?

I have occipital neuralgia, ddd & scoliosis. Very likely have eds type iv. Base of head feels like a vice & unexplained bruising behind r ear.? Help? I have ferrous metal clips-mri? Chiari?

Need a good doctor: With multiple medical problems like yours, you need to find a good primary care doctor like a family doctor or an internist who can be the captain of your (health) ship! ...Read more

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Dx: palatal tremor and trigeminal neuralgia. Mri single hyper intense frontal gyrus. 23 years old. Left eye pain and right throat pain. Is this ms?

Possible: But I would expect there to be more MRI abnormalities other than what you have mentioned? A lumbar puncture in order to run labs on your spinal fluid may be enlightening. ...Read more

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30 year-old woman with a 4-year history of numbness in the upper body, and arms and legs, with undiagnostic imaging studies, but carries diagnos.....?

30 year-old woman with a 4-year history of numbness in the upper body, and arms and legs, with undiagnostic imaging studies, but carries diagnos.....?

Stress related?!: At age 30 with so many normal tests and diagnoses like fibromyalgia and trigeminal nauralgia (highly unusual for that age except in MS, ruled out by the normal MRIs) non organic and stress related problems come to mind Don't forget the symptoms are REAL in those cases too! ...Read more

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How do I soothe raw nerve pain?

Nerve pain: Nerve pain is understood but what is "raw"? Does that mean bad or something else? Nerve pain is best treated with anticonvulsants, tricyclics, snris, local anesthetics (topically or orally administered), sleep enhancers, various electrical modalities, moderate (or mild) exercise. Opioids should be introduced only after other treatment fail or are insufficient. ...Read more

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In what way can I handle my nerve pain?

Treat the source: Find the source and treat that if you can identify it. If it is not fixable or treatable then there are medications that can reduce the pain associated with nerve pain. Discuss with your doc. ...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


Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
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Neuralgia (Definition)

Can also be described as neuropathic pain or "nerve pain" which can occur anywhere in the body. It can also be due to many disorders such as direct nerve damage, diabetes, ...Read more