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How can you tell if nerve pain is coming from herniated disc vs. Peripheral neuropathy vs. Degenerative disc disease? What are the symptoms of each?

How can you tell if nerve pain is coming from herniated disc vs. Peripheral neuropathy vs. Degenerative disc disease? What are the symptoms of each?

Read on!: peripheral neuropathy is usually a symmetrical bilateral set of symptoms sensory or motor, Disc problems are often focal, local and unilateral A neurologist with the help of an electromyogram can help ...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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I have been diagnosed with degenerative mixed sensory peripheral neuropathy. Is tongue pain/cramp a normal part of this disease's progression?

I have been diagnosed with degenerative mixed sensory peripheral neuropathy. Is tongue pain/cramp a normal part of this disease's progression?

Possible: The pain is possible, the cramping is an unusual complaint for a tongue problem. However the the tongue has similar sensory nerves as other areas of your body and you could be having these symptoms because of your primary problem. ...Read more

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Could a nerve block in your neck cause peripheral neuropathy in a 31yr old woman?

Nerve block neuropat: It is possible that a neck nerve block could cause neuropathy.

However, don't assume this to be the case. Please get this properly evaluated, examined and worked- up by a neurologist. ...Read more

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What is the difference between peripheral neuropathic disease and peripheral neuropathy?

What is the difference between peripheral neuropathic disease and peripheral neuropathy?

Disease / Condition: One refers to the disease entity causing the problem the other refers to the condition resulting from the disease. ...Read more

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Can myelin sheath heal in peripheral nerves. (Peripheral neuropathy) And how long does it take?

Can myelin sheath heal in peripheral nerves. (Peripheral neuropathy) And how long does it take?

Peripheral Neuropath: It depends on how the myelin was injured. If myelin was severed/ traumatized axon only damage neuron will grow ideal conditions 1mm / month
Instead if disease process responsible for myelin damage (autoimmune disease i.e. MS, ALS,) this damage is permanent myelin sheath will not grow back damage is permanent. Peripheral diabetic Neuropathy if addressed before perm damag meylin can regenerate ...Read more

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Why is trigeminal neuraligia considered a peripheral neuropathy even though it is a problem with a cranial nerve not a peripheral nerve?

Why is trigeminal neuraligia considered a peripheral neuropathy even though it is a problem with a cranial nerve not a peripheral nerve?

Because: Because the involved nerve is the last post synaptic "axon" that leaves for the "periphery".Any involvement prior to that ("pre synaptic")would have been a central lesion. ...Read more

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What are some strong pain relievers for nerve pain? And peripheral neuropathy? I've tried almost everything and nothing is wrkng, I feel awful.

Nerve pain: Commonly, anti-seizure medications like Gabapentin or Lyrica (pregabalin) are used for neuropathic pain. Antidepressants like tca are also shown to be effective for neuropathic pain.
Sometimes, we will add low dose opioid for severe pain. Nerve blocks are also effective for peripheral neuropathy. Please see a pain specialist for evaluation. ...Read more

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What role does celiac disease play in peripheral neuropathy?

What role does celiac disease play in peripheral neuropathy?

Common: Peripheral neuropathy (burning, tingling or numbness in hands or feet) is a relatively common finding in celiac disease and may predate other manifestations. Of concern, although it may 'just' be associated with nutritional deficiences, it 'can be' associated with lymphoma. Please be evaluated.
Gltuen-free diet will not improve the neuropathy - but may prevent further deterioration. ...Read more

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Is there a special treatment for peripheral neuropathy and nerve damage caused by inhalation of cleaning chemicals.

Is there a special treatment for peripheral neuropathy and nerve damage caused by inhalation of cleaning chemicals.

Neuropathy: No specific treatments at this time. The treatment usually begins with medications in the antidepressant or anticonvulsant categories. A nerve test Is performed to determine the type of peripheral nerve and the extent of the injury. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation and spinal cord stimulation may help too. Compound creams applied to the affected areas can provide significant relief. ...Read more

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What if the cause of the neuropathy (i.e peripheral neuropathy) is injury/trauma can the problem be resolved? I.e nerve damage. E.g in the penis.

What if the cause of the neuropathy (i.e peripheral neuropathy) is injury/trauma can the problem be resolved? I.e nerve damage. E.g in the penis.

Damage and IVIG: Nerve damage does not normally heal in response to IVIG therapy, but there are several helpful treatments that may be available from urology for this particular situation. ...Read more

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With peripheral neuropathy, what conditions could cause damage to both axons and myelin as shown in nerve conduction tests? And can it be reversed?

Brief explanation: Most neuropathies affect myelin coverings (Schwann cell), but an advancing axonal neuropathy can secondarily affect the myelin. This is not simple, and you would be far better served by a Concierge consult, and/or find an experienced Medical School neurologist. Reversibility depends on causes and appropriate therapy. ...Read more

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Could my hand foot mouth disease be the cause of my aggravated peripheral neuropathy symptoms?

Could my hand foot mouth disease be the cause of my aggravated peripheral neuropathy symptoms?

Quite possibly: I would like to know why you have neuropathy. the commonest cause is diabetes. Acute infections are well known to exacerbate symptoms of neuropathy. How did you get hand foot and mouth disease,? sympathy. Are you in contact with children? you wii get better as the infection clears in 5-10 days ...Read more

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Can nerve block in your neck trigger other pain syndromes to show up like trig neuralgia, CNS inflam, &peripheral neuropathy?

Highly unlikely: Meds injected in a nerve block tend to stay right there and not create problems all over the body. ...Read more

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Can chronic kidney disease cause peripheral neuropathy.? . I have normal blood sugars.

Can chronic kidney disease cause peripheral neuropathy.? . I have normal blood sugars.

Potentially yes: Peripheral nerve problems could be due to secondary metabolic imbalances due to the renal issues, but also could be complication of medications you are using, and of course could be due to a co-morbidity associated with an additional disorder. There may well be one unitary disorder causing both kidney and nerve dysfnctn. ...Read more

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Can you have peripheral neuropathy with negative nerve. Conduction tests? Tested positive for bilateral carpal tunnel

Can you have peripheral neuropathy with negative nerve. Conduction tests? Tested positive for bilateral carpal tunnel

Carpal tunnel or PN: If your nerve conduction test showed you have carpal tunnel syndrome, that is your diagnosis. Your nerve conduction test is not normal or negative if this is the diagnosis. This is a good test for distinguishing these two conditions. It is possible to have rare kinds of neuropathy with a normal nerve conduction test- this is why it is important to have an interview and exam with the test minder ...Read more

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I suffer from sudden onset peripheral neuropathy of the feet and nerve pain throughout my body. Yesterday I fell at work and had a complete a-c separaion of the shoulder. My feet hurt more now. Why?

Nerve pain: Since you have been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy, did they pinpoint its origin? You list a pain killer and an antidepressant. Are you taking them simultaneously? They should be taken separately. The fall enhanced and excited your pain receptors and your feet are now more painful. Try to soak the feet in cold water and see if this helps. You may want to alternate to warm water too. ...Read more

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Mixed motor sensory peripheral neuropathy in both legs. Ncs also found ulnar neuropathy both elbows. What disease can cause this?

Mixed motor sensory peripheral neuropathy in both legs. Ncs also found ulnar neuropathy both elbows. What disease can cause this?

An approach: We approach peripheral neuropathy etiology by blood and urine testing, but can focus our tests based on whether this is an axonal or Schwann cell involvement, which your EMG-NCS should have indicated if done properly. Most common causes in USA are diabetes, and nutritional deficiency, associated with alcohol. Worldwide, may well be leprosy or HIV.? Concierge? ...Read more

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Esr st 50. Severe peripheral neuropathy. Severe nerve pain. Nerve biopsy on my foot next wk.

Esr st 50. Severe peripheral neuropathy. Severe nerve pain. Nerve biopsy on my foot next wk.

SOME THOTS: Not uncommon to develop a painful peripheral neuropathy with type 2 diabetes, and this symptomatology is caused by small fibre involvement. The elevated sed rate is likely due to the diabetes. Your metformin could interfere with b-12 absorption, and this needs checking. Why sural nerve biopsy, as more info available from skin punch biopsy? Maybe medical food metanx can benefit. ...Read more

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Can mild nerve damage in the penis be treatd as peripheral neuropathy with Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG)? Is there hope of successfully fixing it?

Can mild nerve damage in the penis be treatd as peripheral neuropathy with Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG)? Is there hope of successfully fixing it?

Try urology: Traumatic nerve injury would not respond to IVIG treatment. For your particular condition, a urologist could probably help. ...Read more

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What is femoral neuropathy, I've been diagnosed with sudden onset peripheral neuropathy of the feet, and nerve pain throughout my body. Have severe pan in my left upper thigh, nothing helps the pain.

Spine vs Neuropathy: The cause of your pain may be a pinched nerve in the spine or around the thigh, especially if just on one side. It may also be neuropathy not due to compression (pinching), which usually is symmetric on both sides. A good neurologic exam by your doctor may be able to differentiate the source better. ...Read more

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Can wearing tight fitting shoes over a period of time cause nerve damage in your feet or what is called peripheral neuropathy?

Can wearing tight fitting shoes over a period of time cause nerve damage in your feet or what is called peripheral neuropathy?

Tight fitting shoes: May impede circulation or put pressure on certain nerves in the foot which can add to the effect of neuropathy or cause numbness by itself. Nerves need blood supply to work well and that includes blood flowing in and out of the foot (or anywhere in the body) tight pressure on sensitive nerves in the ankle or between the toes can also cause nerve compression or neuroma formation giving numbness. ...Read more

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Is an aching left arm and left leg a sign of peripheral neuropathy, hiv, carpal tunnel or pinched nerve?

Is an aching left arm and left leg a sign of peripheral neuropathy, hiv, carpal tunnel or pinched nerve?

Depends: This can be a systemic disease process (neuropathy, hiv) affecting multiple nerves at once. Carpal tunnel affect the hand specifically, not the arm. You can have two pinched nerves possibly, but one tries to explain symptoms by the most simple explanation. Consider spinal cord issues, which would affect arm and leg simultaneously. ...Read more

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What is the common age that people get peripheral neuropathy?

It varies: Some people are born with neuropathy. Many people develop it as a consequence of Diabetes as an adult, often over 50 years old.

The age of onset really varies with the cause. Not all causes of peripheral neuropathy are the same. Neuropathy is not an illness related to age.

Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Please tell me some severe symptoms of peripheral neuropathy?

Damage to nerves: Neuropathy is damage to nerves of the peripheral nervous system, which may be caused either by diseases of or trauma
p.Neuropathy may be associated with varying combinations of weakness, autonomic changes, and sensory changes. Loss of muscle bulk or a particular fine twitching of muscle, may be seen. Sensory symptoms encompass loss of sensation and pain due to damage to the sensory nerve. ...Read more

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Say I have peripheral neuropathy, does that mean I have diabetes?

Say I have peripheral neuropathy, does that mean I have diabetes?

Quite possibly not.: The major symptoms of the flu usually last for about 2 to 5 days without a condition which impacts immunity. In a healthy person it often takes a week or more to get back up to speed. It may take longer if you have leukemia. Discuss any concerns with your physician. Take care. ...Read more

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What the difference between peripheral neuropathy and spondylolisthesis?

What the difference between peripheral neuropathy and spondylolisthesis?

Completely different: Neuropathy refers to nerve irritation, while spondylolisthesis refers to the misalignment of two vertebrae when looking from the side. ...Read more

Dr. MARIE DELCAMBRE
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Degenerative Nerve Diseases (Definition)

One type of degenerative nerve disease is when the sheath around the actual nerve fibers deteriorated, thus dramatically slowing the impulses traveling down the axon of the nerve. Other types include the development of inclusions within the nerve body itself damaging its ability to function. Also there are diseases wherein the glial support cells in the brain fall ...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