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Doctor insights on: Cervical Pinched Nerve Symptoms

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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


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What wording would i look for on a cervical/lumbar MRI that would indicate a pinched nerve?

What wording would i look for on a cervical/lumbar MRI that would indicate a pinched nerve?

Herniated disc: There are different causes of a "pinched" nerve. The most common and most readily treated is a herniated disc (or hnp-herniated nucleus pulposis). This means that there is a protrusion of disc material from its usual status so that it impinges on a nerve root. Other terms include "stenosis"-this means narrowing of the canals where the nerves travel. ...Read more

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Have two pinched nerve in neck, vicodin is no longer helping. What should I do? I am scheduled for a cervical epidural in a month.

Timing : Vicodin's ineffectiveness may be due to worsening of your condition, but more likely due to tolerance to opiates. There is a sense of urgency with the latter possibility and the epidural will ideally be performed sooner than a month. ...Read more

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Is a pinched nerve in the neck at C5 C6 a serious condition? Is a pinched nerve like cervical radiculopathy? Please help

Is a pinched nerve in the neck at C5 C6 a serious condition? Is a pinched nerve like cervical radiculopathy? Please help

Outcome varies: If there is compression of one of the nerve roots it is sometimes equivalent to a "pinched nerve" . This type of physical compression of a nerve root can result in a radiculopathy. The outcome is variable. Sometimes over a period of days - weeks the radiculopathy will spontaneously improve. If you start noticing difficulty in pinching (weakness) of your thumb and index finger then check with MD. ...Read more

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I suffered a cervical pinched nerve about 2 weeks ago. I had severe pain in my chest and now has moved to my bac how log will it take to heel?

I suffered a cervical pinched nerve about 2 weeks ago. I had severe pain in my chest and now has moved to my bac how log will it take to heel?

Very variable: What you are describing is very common and the course it will run varies considerably. It may be necessary to take some anti-inflammatory medication and muscle relaxers, which do make you drowsy. I would need to know more about your exact symptoms, but chiropractic care, acupuncture and massage do play a role at this stage. You really need to be under the care of a spine surgeon from the start. ...Read more

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Can cervical spondylosis or a pinched nerve or a herniated disc cause a discomfort or pain to the touch at the back of the head? If yes, why?

Can cervical spondylosis or a pinched nerve or a herniated disc cause a discomfort or pain to the touch at the back of the head? If yes, why?

Nerve pain: Yes any of these can if there is pressure on the nerve. This causes the nerve to malfunction so that touch, cold, heat, pressure feel very different and can be very painful. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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I am having severe pain in my cervical spine on the left side radiating down my left arm and leaving a tingling feeling in my fingers. Pinched nerve?

I am having severe pain in my cervical spine on the left side radiating down my left arm and leaving a tingling feeling in my fingers. Pinched nerve?

Yes, it sounds: like it. If you have night sweats and extreme fatigue, infection is a possibility. You should get full evaluation by a doctor. ...Read more

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2 severely pinched nerves in neck from degeneration. Finally had cervical surgery. Still loss of use in arm. What is the prognosis for nerve recovery?

Depends: Recovery in surgery varies from individual to individual. In general nerves repair themselves, if they can 0.5 mm per day. Practically, one year after surgery, you will be at maximum recovery post-surgery. ...Read more

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Do cervical spondlysis cause nerve compression.What are symptims of nerve compressio .Can it b reason for dry eyes ?

Do cervical spondlysis cause nerve compression.What are symptims of nerve compressio .Can it b reason for dry eyes ?

No: Neck arthritis would not cause your eyes to be dry. Neck spondylosis can compression nerves in the neck and cause radiating pain or numbness or weakness in the arms, shoulder, and hands. ...Read more

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What is the safest test/procedure to find what parts of body are affected by bulg.disc, stenosis ,pinched nerves in cervical spine?

MRI/EMG: MRI is the gold standard to assess soft tissue in the spine. To localize and prognosticate a compressive neuropathy, an EMG/nerve conduction study is safe, sensitive, and specific. These tests are often performed together and get the most useful information for physicians to determine best next steps, i.e., conservative management versus surgery. ...Read more

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Neuro said i had severe pinched nerves in neck or "cervical radiculopathy" he said this is cause of my very mild swallowing and breathing issues true?

Neuro said i had severe pinched nerves in neck or "cervical radiculopathy" he said this is cause of my very mild swallowing and breathing issues true?

Insufficient data: Does "neuro" mean neurologist or neurosurgeon? Why did you meekly accept the answer but then post here? Ask doc to explain the neuroanatomy: EXACTLY what cervical levels, roots &/or nerves are affected & which ones involve breathing & which swallowing. Ask to review test results (MRI, CT, myelogram or EMG/NCS). Finally, if no treatment is recommended, I suggest seeking another opinion. ...Read more

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Have periperal neuropathy & lumbar and cervical stenosis with nerve compression. Have numerous symptoms. Can you identify condition causing by type?

Have periperal neuropathy & lumbar and cervical stenosis with nerve compression.  Have numerous symptoms.  Can you identify condition causing by type?

Yes, you can have : A fairly good idea as to the etiology of various symptoms and findings as these are not that unusual to see in soneone your age. Spinal stenosis can be found in 20% of population over 60 & tandem or stenosis in both cervical & lumbar regions is not infrequent. Neuropathy has many causes including age as well. See a neurologist or spine specialist to be properly evaluated- neuro or orthopaedic ...Read more

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Vibration / buzzing sensation in pelvic area when bending neck / head forward. Is this Lhermitte's sign? Compressed nerve? Cervical herniation?

Vibration / buzzing sensation in pelvic area when bending neck / head forward.  Is this Lhermitte's sign?  Compressed nerve? Cervical herniation?

Lhermitte's sign: is also called barber's chair sign. The electrical sensation can be quite alarming indeed. A more common cause of this in a 41 year old lady would be a demyelinating disorder like MS or Clinically Isolated Syndrome. Other localizing signs and symptoms will help with deciding how to proceed in the work (MRI of a portion of the spinal cord, brain or both). Other cord issues need to be excluded. ...Read more

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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

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My left forefinger numb for about a month. Chiro says nerve compression in cervical vert. Also experiencing some dizziness. Could they be related?

My left forefinger numb for about a month. Chiro says nerve compression in cervical vert. Also experiencing some dizziness. Could they be related?

Neck pain: A herniated disc in the neck can cause numbness in the finger and dizziness (imbalance). It is important to obtain an MRI of the neck to determine the extent of the nerve and/or spinal cord compression. I recommend seeing a neurosurgeon or spine specialist to evaluate and treat the symptoms. ...Read more

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Forefinger has been numb for a month. Chiro says it's nerve compression of cervical vert. Also experiencing dizziness at times. Could they be related?

Forefinger has been numb for a month. Chiro says it's nerve compression of cervical vert. Also experiencing dizziness at times. Could they be related?

Possibly: Numbness in your index finger may be due to compression of a peripheral nerve at the wrist, or a disc herniation in your cervical spine, to more unusual causes. Cervical disc disease can, infrequently, be associated with dizziness. Your doctor should be able to start the evaluation and, if necessary, order the appropriate test(s) to make a diagnosis. ...Read more

Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more