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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

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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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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What causes chronic burning neck pain? Could this be caused by a pinched nerve in the neck? Please help

What causes chronic burning neck pain? Could this be caused by a pinched nerve in the neck? Please help

Yes: As always, a proper evaluation by a spine specialist (pm;r physician, ortho spine, or neurosurgeon for example) is needed.

Chronic burning in the back of the neck can be nerve root irritation, but can also sometimes be referred from the cervical facet joints. ...Read more

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What to do for a pinched nerve in neck?

What to do for a pinched nerve in neck?

Trickey: If you have a definate diagnosis either by MRI and emg, then ask your pcp to refer you to an interventional pain doctor. Epidural steroid injection may be very helpful. ...Read more

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Might a pinched nerve in neck heal itself?

Might a pinched nerve in neck heal itself?

Pinched nerve: It is certainly possible for a pinched nerve to "heal." in many cases, pinched nerves are caused by herniated discs, and these can heal/resolve with time - once the herniated disc has resolved, the nerve is no longer pinched. ...Read more

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Can a nvc pick up a pinched nerve in neck?

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Can a nvc pick up a pinched nerve in neck?

EMG/NCV: Nerve study (emg/ncv) is a sensitive test to identify pinched nerves in different area. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve in neck cause fainting?

Can a pinched nerve in neck cause fainting?

Yes, but it's not: Likely. Before assuming the cause is pinched nerve in the neck, other possible causes must be investigated. You should see a doctor about this. Dr. Anne ...Read more

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What does a pinched nerve in neck feel like?

What does a pinched nerve in neck feel like?

Pinched nerve: A pinched nerve's main symptom is pain. This pain is typically described as shooting or radiating pain. If one particular nerve is pinched or irritated one could typically expect to have radiating pain is a consistent pattern (dermatome). The best things to diagnose this are a good physical exam, MRI and/or emg.
Helpful article:
http://arizonapain. Com/pain-center/pain-treatments/neck-pain. ...Read more

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How can you determine if you have a pinched nerve in neck?

How can you determine if you have a pinched nerve in neck?

Radicular pain: If you have a significant 'pinching' of a nerve in neck you may get root pain, tingling and numbness along the appropriat nerve to the fingers a neurologist can tell you where the problem is somtimes with the aid of an emg (electro myogram, an electrical study of the nerve and muscles) the symptoms may be due to the peripheral nerves such as the median nerve in carpal tunnel syndrome. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from a pinched nerve in neck?

Variable: It depends on the cause of the pain. When inflammation and swelling in the spinal canal decreases, the symptoms improve. If it has been there for over 3 months, it becomes chronic pain so you should consult a doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Pinched nerve in neck affecting breathing?

Need more info: If your question is whether a pinched nerve in your neck affect breathing, possibly if there is compession of the 4th cervical nerve root that innervates the diaphragm. ...Read more

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Does a pinched nerve in neck cause sinus like pain?

Does a pinched nerve in neck cause sinus like pain?

Yes: Cervicogenic headaches which are headaches that originate from the cervical spine (the back of the neck) can cause headaches on either one side or both sides of the face. ...Read more

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What is best for a pinched nerve in neck? Heat or ice?

What is best for a pinched nerve in neck? Heat or ice?

New:ice;old:heat: A "pinched nerve in the neck" covers a lot of diagnostic ground.
If you have numbness and/or tingling in your arm or hand this may be a cervical neuropathy caused by a nerve impinged as it exits the cervical (neck) vertebral hole (foramen).
A cheap and often effective treatment is home traction.It consists of an over the door pulley and halter. ...Read more

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Will an inversion board help or hurt a pinched nerve in neck?

Temporary: While you are in traction the pressure is better, but will not create long term relief. Active exercising much more effective. ...Read more

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Can pinched nerve in neck cause serve pain on the side of your head?

Can pinched nerve in neck cause serve pain on the side of your head?

Neck and head pain: Cervical nerve problems and cervical arthritis can cause cervicogenic headaches. Not uncommon. ...Read more

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I've been consulting w you about this all week and am happy 2 inform u I got a diagnosis - pinched nerve in neck. Ortho 2morrow. What are my options?

I've been consulting w you about this all week and am happy 2 inform u I got a diagnosis - pinched nerve in neck. Ortho 2morrow. What are my options?

With Whom Have U Con: Do you mean you've been consulting with HealthTap PHYSICIANS for the past week or a doc in particular? If you're looking for a particular physician then, search them by name to set up an appointment. If just in general then, here is what I'd say for a cervical radiculopathy (pinched nerve in neck). you can either do therapy/medication or surgery. Depends on severity of pain & if there is weakness. ...Read more

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I am 42 male. I was diagnosed with pinched nerve in neck 3 weeks ago. Still getting pain & numbness. How long till it gets better? I'm in agony. Thxx

Variable: There are very degrees of nerve involvement ranging from mild and self-limiting to severe, which may require surgical decompression. As such, an accurate diagnosis should be determined. This can be accomplished by a neurologic examination, MRI and/or EMG/nerve conduction studies that will localize and prognosticate a compressive neuropathy. Once this is done then treatment can be recommended. ...Read more

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Does pinched nerve in neck kills pec muscles?

Does pinched nerve in neck kills pec muscles?

It can: Nerve supply comes from the nerve roots leaving at c4-5, c5-6 and c6-7. If these are severely injured you may have pectoral wasting but you should have biceps, triceps and deltoid wasting long before pecs. See a neurologist. ...Read more

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Could a pinched nerve in neck cause chest pain?

Could a pinched nerve in neck cause chest pain?

Yes: Relatively rarely, a lower cervical radiculopathy can present with chest pain. Obviously, one would want to do a thorough workup of the much more common and worrisome cardiopulmonary causes of chest pain first. I do have a few patients that have had multiple cardiac workups that were negative and only got relief after neck surgery. ...Read more

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What do doctors prescribe for pinched nerve in neck?

What do doctors prescribe for pinched nerve in neck?

Multiple things: Medications commonly given include non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, as well steroids. Other things that get prescribed include muscle relaxants and narcotics. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get dizziness from a pinched nerve in neck?

Is it possible to get dizziness from a pinched nerve in neck?

Not usually: "pinched nerve in neck" is a vague term for cervical nerve root compression. This gives you arm pain, never dizziness. Who diagnosed a "pinched nerve"? Neck pain can be a sign of vertebral artery dissection, which can lead to dizziness and brain stem stroke/come/death. Please make sure you see your family physician for a full workup, may need a vascular study for any history of neck trauma. ...Read more

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With pinched nerve in neck, could you get zaps in arm & back? After those zaps it's like my nerves went bad or loss of sensation. ..should I see someone?

With pinched nerve in neck, could you get zaps in arm & back? After those zaps it's like my nerves went bad or loss of sensation. ..should I see someone?

The short answer yes: You can start with a primary care physician who will refer you to the appropriate specialist if indicated. When a spinal nerve is pinched, regardless of the location, pain and numbness can travel along the entire length of the nerve's pathway. While there are several treatment options, the pressure on the nerve must be relieved to prevent permanent nerve damage. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve in neck area be causing chin tingling?

Can a pinched nerve in neck area be causing chin tingling?

Not likely: The nerves coming from the spine in the neck do not supply sensation to the face/chin. The trigeminal nerve, one of the nerves originating at the base of the skull supplies sensation to the face. People can have irritation to this nerve, but it's not caused by problems with a herniated disc in the neck. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve in neck cause tingling in face and head?

Can a pinched nerve in neck cause tingling in face and head?

Yes: A pinched nerve certainly can, most notably in a distribution starting at the base of your skull in the back and wrapping up around your scalp and onto your forehead on one side. Irritation to some nerves in your neck can also lead to lower face and head tingling as well. If it progresses, or if it does not go away in a few weeks, you may need some imaging to make sure there is no entrapment. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve in neck cause vertigo? Have also gotten goosebumps on one side of body.

Can a pinched nerve in neck cause vertigo? Have also gotten goosebumps on one side of body.

It can.: If you are having excessive pain, your autonomic system can get affected. It is possible vertigo and unusual skin rash/color is related to neck condition. It is best to ask your primary care to review your symptoms all together. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve in neck cause lhermitte's down the back, arm and leg on one side?

Can a pinched nerve in neck cause lhermitte's down the back, arm and leg on one side?

Neck pain: No, you should be evaluated by a doc asap and may require MRI of neck. The problem could be from spinal cord involvement. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with pinched nerve in neck, last 2 days have had lightheadedness and dizzy. Is this normal?

Neck dizziness: Because of nerve pathways between brain and neck that have to do with position sense, abnormal nerve activity in the neck is often associated with dizziness. ...Read more