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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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How long does a pinched nerve usually last?

How long does a pinched nerve usually last?

12-16 weeks: Your symptoms should resolve within the first 3-4 months. Physical therapy, rest, and injections can help. If the pain is unbearable, if you have weakness, then you may need to seek treatment sooner. You have excellent neurosurgeons in your town. Dr. Wade ceola and dr. Chad morgan are spine fellowship trained neurosurgeons in springfield who can help you. ...Read more

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How long will my pinched nerve last?

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How long will my pinched nerve last?

Depends: This depends on the severity and cause of the pinched nerve. The good news is that in most cases, the pain from a pinched nerve improves within a few days to a few weeks. If symptoms persist or you have associated weakness or numbness or bowel/bladder problems, see a physician. ...Read more

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How long can cubita pinched nerve last?

Short or long time: Depending on the cause, and severity of the initial injury. See a doctor who does emg/ncv studies, such as a physiatrist, and have the nerve tested looking for cubital tunnel syndrome. Treatment options can be decided based on the test, symptoms and physical exam findings. ...Read more

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How long could a pinched nerve last for?

How long could a pinched nerve last for?

Until relieved: What is causing the pinch. A herniated disc? An arthritic spur? A displaces vertebral segment?

Until the problem is relieves by swelling going down or the pinched area is resolved, by itself or surgery, the problem can remain. ...Read more

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How long does the effects of a pinched nerve last?

How long does the effects of a pinched nerve last?

Variable: This can be vary greatly, and there's always a chance that some damage to the nerve might be permanent. Usually, improvement happens on the order of weeks to months. Some patients, however, notice near-immediate relief following surgery. ...Read more

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I had a pinched nerve in my back the pain went away but my back feels funny and I can't stand for long why?

I had a pinched nerve in my back the pain went away but my back feels funny and I can't stand for long why?

This pain that you: Had may have been friim a joint in the back known as a facet joint or from a disc issue. The facet joints are under load with standing while the discs tend to be under a higher load when sitting. So you need to exercise to strengthen your core muscle groups to help support your spine. See your doctor or a physical therapist for some exercise recommendations ...Read more

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How long would muscle spasms last due to a pinched nerve?

How long would muscle spasms last due to a pinched nerve?

Varies: Muscle spasms are usually a temporary phenomenon; however if u have a significant nerve entrapment muscle spasms can last weeks. See your physician for treatment options w/ referral to a qualified orthopedist if no improvement for definitive diagnosis. Best of luck! ...Read more

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How long does pinched nerve numbness finger scissors last?

How long does pinched nerve numbness finger scissors last?

Variable: This can be vary greatly, and there's always a chance that some damage to the nerve might be permanent. Usually, improvement happens on the order of weeks to months. Some patients, however, notice near-immediate relief following surgery. ...Read more

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I think I have a pinched nerve in lower back. Went to doc, today and got meds. How long until pain stops? I have had severe pain for 5 days now?

I think I have a pinched nerve in lower back. Went to doc, today and got meds. How long until pain stops? I have had severe pain for 5 days now?

Pain will go gradual: Pain can linger longer if you have muscle spasm. but either way, don't be surprised if it goes on longer than one week. Recovery and resolution will be quicker if you do everything right- rest, relax the muscle, take pain meds and do gentle range of motion exercises AFTER the pain goes away. The key is not to rush it ...Read more

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Woke up w/ entire left arm stiff (couldn't move) &numbness. Lasted 5 min, fell back asleep. Recent pinched nerve in back on left side. Related?

Woke up w/ entire left arm stiff (couldn't move) &numbness. Lasted 5 min, fell back asleep. Recent pinched nerve in back on left side. Related?

Not if pinched nerve: It seems that you may have slept with neck in unusual position if symptoms only lasted 5 minutes. If symptoms come back or persist then imaging of neck will be needed. ...Read more

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I have a pinched nerve in my Trapezius. What can I do to? And how long would it take to heal? The pain spreads to my Neck, upper & lower back & arms.

Depends: It is a little unusual to have a "pinched nerve in my trapezius" as you put it. Pinched nerves in the neck are fairly common, or muscular injuries to the trapezius also. I would encourage you to be seen if it does not get better soon. ...Read more

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I have sore toes from pinched nerve in my back. Neurologist put me onEndep, how long till l know if it works or not?

I have sore toes from pinched nerve in my back. Neurologist put me onEndep, how long till l know if it works or not?

Minimum of 2 weeks: Endep or Amitriptyline is commonly used for neuropathic pain you describe. The drug can be effective in 2 weeks but the majority of people will need to take the medication for 6 to 8 weeks and you may require some dosing changes if the initial dose is not effective. Good luck ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve cause dizziness? My son was in a accident last year and has had constant back pain, now he is getting light headed and feeling na

Can a pinched nerve cause dizziness? My son was in a accident last year and has had constant back pain, now he is getting light headed and feeling na

Concussion Syndrome: Typically a "pinched nerve" in the lower back will not cause any dizziness. If he was in an accident, it is possible that your son may have suffered a concussion even without loss of consciousness. I would recommend further evaluation by a specialist for that possibility. There are many other causes of dizziness that may require an ENT evaluation or neurological consult. Medication side effects? ...Read more

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How long can you have a pinched nerve or a herniated disc or suffer from nerve pain? And even with mild scoliosis can this affect your disc in your back and injuries that can happen to your the rustic spine

How long can you have a pinched nerve or a herniated disc or suffer from nerve pain? And even with mild scoliosis can this affect your disc in your back and injuries that can happen to your the rustic spine

It varies: Pain arising from a "pinched" or irritated nerve in the spine usually goes away within a few weeks to a few months depending on the cause. However in a minority of cases the pain can persist for months or even years. Scoliosis is rotation/curvature of the spine most often in the middle back (thoracic) or lower back (lumbar). This can cause added stress to the discs in your spine. ...Read more

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Pain in my neck, and upper back. I get a tingly sensation in my neck/hand. Last night I had a brief but mild throb by my armpit. Pinched nerve? Thanks

Pain in my neck, and upper back. I get a tingly sensation in my neck/hand. Last night I had a brief but mild throb by my armpit. Pinched nerve? Thanks

Can be: Sometimes the C8 root will give symptoms like this. Just need to see specialist to get a more detailed question and answer session and exam. ...Read more