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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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Can pinched nerves in the back or neck cause me to have black spots in my vision?

Can pinched nerves in the back or neck cause me to have black spots in my vision?

Not likely: Most likely these are unrelated. The nerves in your back are connected by the same structure as the optic nerve (the spinal cord) however they are located in very different areas of the body. ...Read more

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Fractured back problems vs pinched nerve. How can I tell?

Fractured back problems vs pinched nerve. How can I tell?

See a doctor: Either way each problem can be serious so why play games or waste time?Go get it checked out. ...Read more

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I feel sick all the time. I have no energy to go anything, but I also have back problems that I believe is a pinched nerve what can I do?

I feel sick all the time. I have no energy to go anything, but I also have back problems that I believe is a pinched nerve what can I do?

Be seen : I would definitely not hesitate to be seen and fully evaluated. The sickness and lack of energy you feel and sciatica may or may not be related. Getting a good medical checkup is probably a good place to start. ...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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Can a intermittent pinched nerve in the neck or spine cause orthostatic hypotention? If so how can this be fixed?

Can a intermittent pinched nerve in the neck or spine cause orthostatic hypotention?  If so how can this be fixed?

Should not: A pinched nerve of any variety should not cause orthostatic hypotension. Talk to your physician as this suggests a potential vascular problem or other cause. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve in the neck cause pain when air is on your neck? I have extreme pain in the neck that goes to the shoulder blade.

Neuropathic pain: That is neuropathic pain you describe and minor insults like air or water flowing over the nerve can cause a burning pain. Did you recently have zoster in the area? Any trauma? If this continues see yor MD or a neurologist they can work up why the nerve is "pinched" and having sensitivity ...Read more

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Is it possible that a pinched nerve in my neck or back could cause tingling in all my extremities? Other causes?

Is it possible that a pinched nerve in my neck or back could cause tingling in all my extremities? Other causes?

Possible if a large : Enough herniated disc or small enough spinal canal or a combination of both in the cervical or neck region of the spine causing not just a pinched nerve but a pinching or compression of the spinal cord which is called a myleopathy . Other causes can be non spinal as well such as certain vitamin deficiencies, diabetes etc. See your doctor if these persist. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve cause neck pain shoulder and shoulder blade pain? Or what are some different things it could be?

Can a pinched nerve cause neck pain shoulder and shoulder blade pain? Or what are some different things it could be?

MANY CONSIDERATIONS: A ruptured disc in neck, thoracic outlet syndrome, pectoralis minor syndrome, parsonage turner syndrome, all could be considered. Even carpal tunnel may refer pain upwards, but not usually into neck. Shoulder, neck, and blade pain may be seen with internal shoulder derangements, such as rotator cuff tear. With all these thoughts, see your physician and pin this down. Then treat it. ...Read more

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Pain in ball of foot when standing. When I lift foot off ground pain goes. I have a pinched nerve in back. Foot or back problem? Mri foot ok.

Back problem: My first thought was a neuroma in the foot however your MRI was normal.
The low back spinal nerves innervate the foot. Positional changes effect the pinched area of the nerve exiting the spine.
I would get a CT scan of the lumbar back. Antiinflammatory meds can help quiet the nerve down. Call in or see a doctor to get back to health. ...Read more

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Can MRI miss pinched nerve got pain from low back to legs but did 3 MRI back and were al clear(exept small stenosis on neck) what can cause this?

Can MRI miss pinched nerve got pain from low back to legs but did 3 MRI back and were al clear(exept small stenosis on neck) what can cause this?

Unlikely : Mri can't "miss" an obvious disk herniation or stenosis. However sometimes back pain with radiation to legs are caused by other problems. For example one of the lumbar disks maybe degenerative or ruptured. This may cause back/leg pain without a nerve being "pinched". ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve in my neck cause my eyeball to shake back and forth? Two days now when i wake left eye shakes for a minute then stops . Scared!

Can a pinched nerve in my neck cause my eyeball to shake back and forth? Two days now when i wake left eye shakes for a minute then stops . Scared!

Nystagmus: Is lateral "shaking" of eyeballs, but usually on lateral gaze and bilateral. If accompanied by vertigo, it is probably just labyrinthitis and benign. If you have severe vertigo, nausea, vomiting, orheadaches, it could be a brain tumor, so see your doctor about this. ...Read more

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Can pinched nerve or strained muscles in neck/upper back cause tingling in both hands? Slept bad, pain for a month, headaches, tingling in both hands

Can pinched nerve or strained muscles in neck/upper back cause tingling in both hands? Slept bad, pain for a month, headaches, tingling in both hands

strained muscle: Most likely you developed trigger points in either your neck or upper back muscles. You did not do it by sleepimg improperly unless you slept on your head. It is most likely from improper posture, slouching or not in proper shape/conditioning with muscular imbalances. If the tingling continues you need to see your primary care doctor, if you have one or a neurologist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve in back of neck kill you or cause you to not be able to swollow? Pain is base of skull into ear and up to top of skull.

Pinched nerve: Occurs when too much pressure is applied to a nerve by surrounding tissues. The common symptoms are numbness, sharp, aching or burning pain, which may radiate outward to your ear, eye, pharynx and extremities.
Treatment: physical therapy, medications, cognitive behavioral therapy and acupuncture.
The treatment is usually effective and no need to die.
Rec.: see a pain management specialist. ...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?

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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Hi can being tense, stressed and anxious cause multiple irritated / pinched nerves in neck? To an extent where fingers and head tingle randomly?

Hi can being tense, stressed and anxious cause multiple irritated / pinched nerves in neck? To an extent where fingers and head tingle randomly?

No, but it can make : You feel that way with muscular symptoms about the neck and tingling sensation about the head and neck as well as into the arms/hands. ...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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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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How do you treat pinched nerves in the neck from forward head posture? I'm getting headaches and dizziness when standing. Other problems too...

How do you treat pinched nerves in the neck from forward head posture? I'm getting headaches and dizziness when standing. Other problems too...

Physical therapy: First line treatment for forward head posture is physical therapy, in which the muscles at the back part of your neck/spine can be strengthened to improve your posture. You may find that the improved posture helps your other symptoms too. Do see a physician if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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I have pinched nerves in my back and neck and have started getting burning feet and can not sleep with it is it conected?

Neurologic: Pinched nerves in the back can be the cause of burning sensation of the feet, but other things could cause the symptoms you describe. Have it evaluated by a specialist to get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Can pinched nerves, bulg.Discs in neck cause myasthenia gravis? I have one eye lower than other, feel like choking couple days and snoring for months..

Can pinched nerves, bulg.Discs in neck cause myasthenia gravis? I have one eye lower than other, feel like choking couple days and snoring for months..

Maybe the opposite?: Myasthenia gravis is a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease. In myasthenia gravis, your immune system produces antibodies that block your muscles' receptor sites for an acetylcholine, causing muscle weakness. The condition may cause weakness in your neck, arms and legs, but this usually happens along with muscle weakness and not the other way around. ...Read more

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Convulsion (Definition)

Convulsion = violent, involuntary contraction(s) of the muscles which may occur due ...Read more