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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

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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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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

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