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Could lidocaine cause permanent nerve damage?

Could lidocaine cause permanent nerve damage?

Rare but possible: Lidocaine is one type of local anesthetic or "numbing medicine". It is used for numbing skin, in nerve blocks, and in epidurals. It should not be directly injected into a large nerve because the nerve could be damaged. This is why ultrasound is often used to place nerve blocks, so that the local anesthetic is injected near, not in, the nerve. ...Read more

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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Does nerve damage in neck cause swishing sound when turn head?

Does nerve damage in neck cause swishing sound when turn head?

Probably Not: I wouldn't expect nerve damage to cause any noticeable sound. It could be an inner ear issue or you may be sensing arthritic changes in the cervical spine or neck. ...Read more

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Is it possible for cold therapy devices to cause skin and nerve damage?

Is it possible for cold therapy devices to cause skin and nerve damage?

Yes: If your speaking about a constant cold therapy device such as one of the ones which circulate cold water continuously or even a simple ice bath or ice pack, the answer is yes. Take care to protect the skin and subcutaneous structures from damage by icing through a towel or facecloth, and limiting ice to 10-15 minutes. Consult your doctor, pt or atc as to the best method for your particular problem. ...Read more

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Can nerve damage cause swelling in the head and facial area?

Can nerve damage cause swelling in the head and facial area?

CRPS in the Head: When any new symptoms appear, talk with your doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Burning sensation feeling on skin over pelvic area. No other symptoms. Is this nerve damage or just caused from health anxiety and stress? Ovarian cyst

Burning sensation feeling on skin over pelvic area. No other symptoms. Is this nerve damage or just caused from health anxiety and stress? Ovarian cyst

It depends: The pelvic area is from navel to upper thighs. Are you saying lower abdomen or lower back/sacral area; deep or on the skin? Contact dermatitis may be one cause due to detergent or fabric softener in your panties or some other chemicals in that area. If it is not painful to press on lower belly, move the hips or lower back, bend or extend, then not likely internal or spine/joint related. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have neuropathy from shingles without skin lesions?

Is it possible to have neuropathy from shingles without skin lesions?

Shingles issues: Yes although unlikely. Generally shingles manifests itself with the rash and then you develop the post herpetic neuralgia but sometimes the rash is very minor and unless you suspect that its shingles may be confused with poison ivy or other types of benign skin irritations. ...Read more

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I have nerve damage on my back. This week it's been extremely painful and I now have two red painful blisters. Should I be concerned of shingles?

I have nerve damage on my back. This week it's been extremely painful and I now have two red painful blisters. Should I be concerned of shingles?

Pictures uploaded?: If you can upload the photos to your electronic medical record then, one of us would be happy to consult you and tell you what it looks like. Of course, I'll bet that out there in Salem, OR you must have someone qualified to tell you about those 2 red blisters. ...Read more

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Could a stroke feel like nerve damage and pain in the face/head/jaw?

Could a stroke feel like nerve damage and pain in the face/head/jaw?

Alternative answer: The pain over face and jaw could be due to dental or temperomandibular joint problems, and if severe and intense, would suspect trigeminal neuralgia, but your issues would not likely be explained by a stroke per se. Have a neurologist evaluate you, but answers to your dilemma might be uncovered by your dentist. ...Read more

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Can nerve damage affect the whole body, I have a weird (tightening sensation) that affects my head, mostly aggravated in cold weather.?

Can nerve damage affect the whole body, I have a weird (tightening sensation) that affects my head, mostly aggravated in cold weather.?

Cold sensitivity: On the first question yes - nerves can effect the whole body, but your descripation does not seem to fill that bill. Tightening around the head with cold weather makes me think of muscle contractions. Try a muscle relaxant per your M.D. See if it clears. I like Fioracet for muscle contraction hadaches. If it doesn't clear see a neurologist? Not enough info here for a more specific diagnosis... ...Read more

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I can feel the pain from nerve damage run down my head or wherever it is at the moment. Is this pain treatable and what damage is this causing?

I can feel the pain from nerve damage run down my head or wherever it is at the moment. Is this pain treatable and what damage is this causing?

Seecondary Headache: Your question is too general, however in your case the most important is to rule out secondary type of headache. These headaches are symptomatic of an underlying cause: head trauma, headache with vascular disorders or without vascular disorders (ex. High CSF pressure) or headaches with non-cephalic infection like viral, bacterial or other. My recommendation is to see headache neurologist. ...Read more

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Will witch hazel help with irritation and swelling in the head due to nerve damage?

Witch Hazel: It is used mostly for skin irritation, It contains chemicals called Tannins which help reduce swelling & inflammation. Doubt it can help with nerve damage. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have nerve damage because I keep getting leg vibrations under my skin. Often. And can that be related to my scoliosis?

Is it possible to have nerve damage because I keep getting leg vibrations under my skin. Often. And can that be related to my scoliosis?

Could be: There are a couple of possible explanations. A visit to a neurologist or rehab doctor and a emg/ncs is a test that can help determine if that is the cause. How is your back? ...Read more

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What are some signs that nerve damage in the head is progressing?

It depends: It depends on the area of the brain or spinal cord involved and the severity of the involvement. There are numerous possible answers to your question. ...Read more

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Tighness feeling in my head I don't feel normal for almost 3 months after I took oxyelitepro 1 dosgae could it be a nerve damage in head!

Would be rare: Taking only a dose of a medication usually does not cause such protracted symptoms. However, this supplement has not been vigorously studied in humans in a similar fashion to approved medications. An idiosyncratic reaction is possible. Exam & a better history is needed. Laboratory testing & specific neuroimaging studies may or may not provide the answer but can rue out more serious etiology. ...Read more

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Would a head MRI show nerve damage? Constant pinching on left side of head and body tremors.?

Would a head MRI show nerve damage? Constant pinching on left side of head and body tremors.?

Some: A few things... It could show evidence for example of:

blood vessel "balls"
a tumor
effects from a stroke or whiplash
multiple sclerosis plaques
infections. ...Read more

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What is the difference between nerve damage in head region and a migraine? Clean mri. Details please. Constant numbness.

What is the difference between nerve damage in head region and a migraine? Clean mri. Details please. Constant numbness.

Migraines are related to bloodflow not Murphy injury: Migraine headaches are due to changes in blood flow to the brain not neuronal injury per se. However, migraine headaches can be a cause of small bright spots in the white matter tracks of the brain as seen on mri. Your constant numbness could be caused by changes in the spine and not the brain. ...Read more

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My husband broke his neck over 20 years ago. He has nerve damage recently 6 wks he has been having a bit of sneezing followed by intense head pain?

My husband broke his neck over 20 years ago. He has nerve damage recently 6 wks he has been having a bit of sneezing followed by intense head pain?

Chronic pain.: Unfortunately, back and neck problems tend to linger for most of your life. With the onset of arthritis, as we grow older, these symptoms tend to intensify. This is most likely what is going on with your husband. Unfortunately, based on the symptoms you are describing, it is unlikely that surgery would be of any benefit. The treatment, is basically symptomatic. ...Read more

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I have blood in mucus that I hack up, I had a severe head injury not to long ago and they put me on meds 4 occipital nerve damage. Wat does this mean?

I have blood in mucus that I hack up, I had a severe head injury not to long ago and they put me on meds 4 occipital nerve damage. Wat does this mean?

Maybe nothing: Severe head injury is defined by loss of function. Occipital nerve damage can & usually does occur without severe injury. Coughing up blood in mucus is common, usually unrelated to injury. What medicine are you taking? You are confused--is it a result of your injury? If so, you need to be re-evaluated by a neurologist--not because you cough or the back of your head hurts. ...Read more

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Lidocaine ok for shingles?

Lidocaine ok for shingles?

Shingles and lidocai: Sure if it works for you. You would be in much better shape than with the opioids. ...Read more

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Received permanent nerve damage on back of head and suffer severe headaches would nerve decompression work for this, medicine doesn't.

Received permanent nerve damage on back of head and suffer severe headaches would nerve decompression work for this, medicine doesn't.

Possibly: I would recommend seeing a neurosurgeon first. If they can't help, then I would recommend a pain management specialist or a palliative medicine specialist. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Can I stop the pain and thumping from nerve damage that occured from a car accident? Head on collision, broken leg and ankle.

Pain control: Are you certain the cause of pain is nerve damage? Pain and thumping suggest an injury to muscle, joint or bone. Sometimes when nerves are injured they cause a feeling of burning, shocking or tingling. The pain of these two conditions is treated differently. Many pain medicines help with orthopedic injuries, gabapentin and amitriptyline sometimes help nerve pain. ...Read more

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I have had a skin ulcer on my lower left abdomen for almost a year. I'm afraid it's causing nerve damage. I'm in constant pain. What to do?

I have had a skin ulcer on my lower left abdomen for almost a year. I'm afraid it's causing nerve damage. I'm in constant pain. What to do?

Skin Ulcer: Ulcers are commonly seen in people with diabetes, renal failure, hypertension and lupus, diseases that impair circulation and improper healing following accidents or trauma to the skin. Infections often turn into skin ulcers in people who have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, bowel disorders and sickle cell anemia. Disorders that affect blood clotting cause ulcers. See your doc for a biopsy. ...Read more

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Will have hysterectomy, head will be 30 degrees lower than heart during 1-2 hr. Surgery. Have glaucoma should I be concerned about optic nerve damage?

Will have hysterectomy, head will be 30 degrees lower than heart during 1-2 hr. Surgery. Have glaucoma should I be concerned about optic nerve damage?

Surgery: Your concern should be discussed with your anesthesiologist who will be doing your case. Positioning during surgery should also be discussed with your surgeon. Your concerns can be addressed by modification in positioning, with the help of your anesthesiologist and surgeon. ...Read more

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Have shingles no rash...unbearable. Sharp stabbing pain taking anti fungal/600 gabapintin 4x day. Tylonal / codene lidocaine/menthol gel...no relief?

Have shingles no rash...unbearable. Sharp stabbing pain taking anti fungal/600 gabapintin 4x day. Tylonal / codene lidocaine/menthol gel...no relief?

Need to see your doc: Need to see your doctor and discuss the situation and see if there are other treatment modalities available for you. ...Read more

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Head tightness espically if I try to move my eye brrows up like a pull in my head and my nostril alternative for almost 5 months is it a nerve damage?

Head tightness espically if I try to move my eye brrows up like a pull in my head and my nostril alternative for almost 5 months is it a nerve damage?

Headache: Muscle tension type headache or episodic tension type headache is del tile a pressure or vice like sensation. Usually in the forehead. Stress aggravates it. Check with your physician for adequate history and physical examination for proper diagnosis. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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Do I have nerve damage because my hand feels numb? I’m a 45 year old male of average height and weight. A week ago, I fell a sleep with my right hand behind the back of my head. I woke up in the middle of the night and my arm was numb with no feeling. Wit

Do I have nerve damage because my hand feels numb? I’m a 45 year old male of average height and weight. A week ago, I fell a sleep with my right hand behind the back of my head. I woke up in the middle of the night and my arm was numb with no feeling. Wit

Nerves: Nerves can get pinched by sleeping in funny positions, and this can result in temporary (and sometimes longer-lasting) numbness and weakness. A google search for the term "saturday night palsy" will reveal a "textbook example" of a not-so-common, but very well-recognized, nerve compression syndrome (in this case, of the radial nerve). Also, one of the contributing factors of carpal tunnel syndrome (pinching of the median nerve) may be hand position during sleep.

Other things can also cause numbness of the hands. Determining the cause involves a careful physical examination (which most doctors should be able to perform, but many cannot or do not), and sometimes requires special tests (including electrodiagnostic testing -- see my health guide at the link below) which probably get done more often than necessary.

Left undiagnosed and untreated, hand numbness can get worse, can become associated with weakness, and eventually cause inability to use the hands.

Indications that a doctor is qualified to diagnose the causes of hand numbness include board certification (such as by the american board of psychiatry and neurology and the american board of electrodiagnostic medicine). It is also a good idea to ensure that the board certified physician is the one who actually performs the examination, rather than a physician extender (pa or other) who is merely supervised by the physician. A thorough examination for hand numbness includes checking the strength of the major movements at each joint in the affected limb (fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulders, in this case), checking sensation in the entire affected limb up to and including the neck, checking reflexes at several points (forearms and both sides of the elbows at least), and checking coordination. This should be in addition to a general examination of the other limbs and major organs.

For more information, check:

http://patients. Aan. Com/disorders/

http://www. Aanem. Org/education/patient-resources/common-disorders. Aspx. ...Read more

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Are thereany medications for trigeminal sensory pain in left side face/head after horizontally-impacted wisdom tooth extraction & lingual nerve damage?

Several: We use different medications to help alleviate nerve pain. Amitryptilline is an old-fashioned anti-depressant that we never use for depression any more - it helps. Seizure medications like gabapentin, carbamezapine and valproic acid help. You may need more than one type of medication and sometimes you find out what works only by trial and error. See a neurologist for treatment. ...Read more

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I'm using lidocaine for peripheral neuropathy on my feet. How long before it takes effect?

Not sure: Lidocaine should work very quickly for you. If you haven't felt any changes over the first 30 minutes, then I'm not sure if it's going to work for you. Best of luck! ...Read more

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My mother needs lidocaine patches for pain, but they are causing skin reactions. Is there any way to help this situation?

Sometimes: Skin reactions can be mitigated by using a hydrocortisone cream about 1-2 hrs before placing lidocaine patch over the area. Just remember to wash skin off and dry before placing the patch on so that skin is clear of any greasiness the hydrocortisone cream. ...Read more

Dr. Sam Markzar
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Neuropraxia (Definition)

Neuropraxia is defined as a temporary loss of function of the nerve. Some nerves are purely sensory while others carry both sensory and motor fibers. Traumatic contusion injuries to nerves or nerve compressions can cause Neuropraxia. Sensory nerves like sural nerve in the leg or mixed sensory and motor nerves like the median and ulnar nerves in the forearm & hand ...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