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How To Fix A Pinched Nerve In Arm
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
Dr. Prescribed a 14 day course of Prednisone for a diagnosed pinched nerve in arm. Does this just treat symptoms or address cause? Will pain return?
Oral Pred: This is considered useless by most evidence reviewed papers. If it went away, nature did it and it can easily reoccur. ...Read more
It depends on nerve: The most common arm compressions are carpal tunnel (median N at wrist) cubital tunnel (ulnar N at elbow) and less commonly guyon canal (ulnar N at wrist). Each requires a decompression surgery. Carpal tunnel involves opening the flexor retinaculm, and can often be done by scope. Cubital tunnel requires open surgery and often replacing the N in its canal. Steroids and PT may prevent surgery. ...Read more
I have a minor pain in my left arm that is transiet. It feels like a pinched nerve. Should I be concerned?
Pulled muscle?: There are a lot of things, many of them minor, that can lead to such a complaint. If it's really bothering you, it needs to be evaluated by your doc to rule out anything bad. Osteopathic manipulation can be very helpful for minor pain complaints such as this that aren't caused by more ominous problems. ...Read more
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
With pinched nerve in neck, could you get zaps in arm & back? After those zaps it's like my nerves are impaired or I have loss of sensation. ..should I see someone?
Yes and yes: Yes, you should see someone. If your nerves are impaired now, they may get worse without treatment, causing a serious problem. ...Read more
Possible.: I would need to know more about your symptoms and do a physical exam. Any weakness should be evaluated by your physician without delay. ...Read more
In neck, yes: Lower in back, it will not normally cause pain in your arms. The nerves running into the arms go down to your upper thoracic, or t1 range. Any nerves that are pinched below t1 near the spine will usually cause pain or irritation in ribs or back. Some peripheral nerves, such as the suprascapular nerve, could be pinched coming off scapula with referred pain into your arms. Hope that helps! ...Read more
I got a pinched nerve in my arm, loads of resting pain, can't get much sleep. Feek fine during work and training. What have caused this? What helps?
Herniated discs: Herniated discs in the neck (cervical spine) can cause pain, numbness, or weakness in the neck, shoulders, chest, arms, and hands. In some cases a very large herniated disc in the neck may cause weakness or unusual tingling affecting other parts of the body, including the legs. ...Read more
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
The reason I think I have a pinched nerve, when I move my right arm up and to the side reaching I get severe pain scale 1 to 10 its a 10?
Shoulder: More likely your shoulder has signs of impingment. Please get an evaluation from an orthopedic surgeon or a Physical Medicine and Rehab physician. You may improve just with physical therapy and/or a steroid injection. If you have tingling or numbness and weakness, it might be a nerve getting pinched. Good luck ...Read more
Pinched nerve? This past week I have had feeling of uncomfortability in my arm but it came and went. Consistant and tingling fingers 3 and 4 now.
Usually if there is: Pain from a pinched nerve causing arm or leg pain that will usually resolve over time without any specific treatment and if there are neurologic symptoms they too usually resolve with the pain but they can also persist past the point of the pain ending with most getting better over weeks to months but sometimes there can be some permanency due to nerve damage which can be evaluated by emg. ...Read more
I have a pinched nerve on upper left back that gives my left arm &chest pain but somedays I feel small pains &somedays I don'tfeel it is that possible?
I, too, believe I have a pinched nerve that is causing a pinching sensation down my left arm. I also have left side rib pain esp. When coughing or tur?
How long will it take to recover from the pinched nerve surgery on my arm, or could it be a torn rotator cuff?
Hard to say: Recovery from a compressive neuropathy can take several months to a year to completely recover depending how much damage to the nerve was caused and the recovery my be incomplete in some cases. You could potentially have a rotator cuff tear also, you might need an MRI or ultrasound. Surgery to decompress a nerve should have some immediate relief, but certainly not complete relief. ...Read more
What are some signs that left arm pain is cardiac in nature as opposed to a pinched nerve or something like that?
Call your doctor: It would be dangerous to give you any advice in this forum. A thorough risk assessment an focused exam would be much safer for you. It takes training and experience to differentiate the cause of many symptoms. Your doctor has this and you should rely on him/her first. ...Read more
Pinched nerve 1yr ago/lost most of lft tricept. Still have little feeling in 3 fingers. Can I rebuild arm/& will numbness stop?
There is a chance: Since you are still able to feel it, the nerve is still functional. I am not sure if you already had injection/therapy, or nerve decompression surgery done yet. If you have not had the surgery, you may need this done to regain your tricep. Don't wait too long because the neuropathy (degeneration of the nerve) maybe irreversible. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
I have pinched nerve in my back but I'm getting weakness in my arms and pains in my chest it don't larst long what is wrong?
Had pinched nerve in back/left arm. Started lifting weights after it felt better. Now left arm is weak & MUCH smaller than right arm. What to do?
Pinched nerve damage: A pinched nerve can lose function and this may be irreversible. The nerve tells the muscle to work, and if the nerve is pinched and not working, the muscle will shrink. Until the nerve function recovers, the muscle will not work. This can be permanent and although some nerves function well when pinched, ongoing muscle weakness is a reason to see a spine specialist soon. ...Read more
Since last month I've had a sharp pain in my neck, shoulder, & arm all on the right side. Wondering if it could possibly be a tear or pinched nerve?
Neck, arm pain: This question is not appropriate as it is patient specific. Having stated that, yes cervical nerves do travel to the neck and upper extremity and can get "pinched". There can be many other causes of sharp pain, some of which need looking into. The exact distribution of pain is very important to direct further diagnostic tests such as MRI. ...Read more
Having a burning sensatiom im my upper left arm. But also feels like a charlie horse. Been 2 days. Gets worse at night. Could it be a pinched nerve?
Absolutely: A pinched nerve can cause neck pain headaches, and pain or numbness running into the arm. There are other potential causes, however, and so it would be food to just get a regular check up to make sure it is nothing else. Physical therapy, chiropractic, and interventional pain management are the non operative treatments for it if it doesn't get better. Thank you. ...Read more
Whenever I turn my neck to the right it really hurts. Also when I cough it hurts and when I lift my right arm...does this sound like a pinched nerve?
I'm a 38 year old male and I have a pain radiating down my left arm and it feels like a pinched nerve. I also get pins and needles in this arm daicthis?
Numbness in arm and leg on left side including face and getting worse, do I have a pinched nerve?
I have a pinched nerve in my neck, the pain radiates down my arm to my fingers, what can help my problem?
Time, medication...: Time is the biggest factor as most disc problems resolve. Activity modification, traction, wearing a soft cervical collar backwards, exercise/physical therapy, medication & epidural steroid injections are options. Regular exercise and smoking cessation play a role in maintaining a healthy spine. In 10% of disc herniations, surgery indicated with 90% success rate in a non smoker. ...Read more
Twice today, my left arm felt like a pinched nerve numb and my tongue felt numb seconds later...it all cleared once I moved my arm.
Be seen: This could be a number of things, but I would want to rule out a vascular or nervous system cause. It sounds like this is new so it is best to be seen promptly. ...Read more
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