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Can You Die From Facial Nerve Paralysis
...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
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. ...Read more
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 ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unlikely: The nerves most at risk for injury, especially when the roots of the wisdom teeth are fully grown, are the lower jaw nerves that give feeling to the lower jaw, teeth and lower lip. The nerve that causes movement of the facial muscles is not located close to the wisdom teeth but could conceivably receive pressure during support of the lower jaw. I have not yet seen such an injury though. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Sma type 1, also known as infantile spinal muscular atrophy or werdnig-hoffmann disease, is the most common and severe type of sma. It typically presents in the neonatal period. Majority of affected infants die within a year from respiratory failure. Type 2, 3, and 4 present at a later ages and are milder forms. ...Read more
Good rehabilitation: A good rehabilitation program will focus in maximizing function of people with paralysis. The exact rehabilitation interventions will depend on the level of injury (the part of the spine affected). Many of my patients have spinal injuries and very productive lives. Things are done differently and they are harder to do but independence and fulfillment are possible. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Let a Dr eval it: The most trustworthy way would be a good evaluation by a Dr. You might start w/ your GP or find an appropriate neurologist. Best! ...Read more
Other ideas: It is extremely unusual to have permanent vertigo. The only disease I know that produces vertigo that lasts for hours is Meniere's disease. Although vestibular nerve section on the effected side may cure you, I prefer to chemically ablate the vestibular system with Gentamycin. It is easy, successful and much less risky than cutting the vestibular nerve in the internal auditory meatus. ...Read more
Can neurogenic atrophy in thenar muscle from nerve injury cause als? Or does it only apply to those with nerve disease?
Prob not ALS: Thenar atrophy is normally caused by median mononeuropathy, aka carpal tunnel syndrome. Other causes are relatively rare. ALS may cause thenar atrophy, but since if affects multiple nerves and muscles, this should not be the only sign or symptom. Of course, thenar atrophy does not cause ALS. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Innervation : That is best studied with an anatomy atlas...Not really in a 400-character venue like this. ...Read more
Yes: All abnormal growths in the brain are serious. A meningioma is brain tumor that can vary from very mild to very severe. Some are very slow growing and depending on the patient's age and risks for surgery "might" not be removed. Most are removed, simply because the earlier one can be removed the less the chance it could grow so big as to kill someone. That is too simplistic an answer. ...Read more
Absolutely: Back fusion is not a benign surgery. Make sure you have it done by a skilled neurosurgeon or ortho-spine physician if you have to have it. However, avoid having a fusion as long as possible. You will most likely trade the pain at the fused levels for pain at the overcompensating levels above and below afterwards. I hope this answer helps and best of luck! ...Read more
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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