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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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I have pain in my neck &arm is tingling when i strech it.Is it a pinched nerve?How can I treat it? It happend about 3 months ago.Putting in a water heater

I have pain in my neck &arm is tingling when  i strech it.Is it a pinched nerve?How can I treat it? It happend about 3 months ago.Putting in a water heater

Time: This is probably a pinched nerve. It could be occuring anywhere from your shouder to your neck. The treatment would consist of nsaids, heating pads, and light stretching. It will take time to heal as these muscles never get to relax. If the pain becomes too much, or if you notice muscle weakness or significant numbness you should consider a spine surgeon to evaluate your neck. ...Read more

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What works best for a pinched nerve in arm ?

What works best for a pinched nerve in arm ?

Depends: Depending on the severity of the "pinching" the therapy may involve anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, possible surgical intervention, etc. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Does a pinched nerve travel down an arm?

Does a pinched nerve travel down an arm?

It can: A "pinched nerve" in the neck can cause varying degrees of arm pain, weakness, numbness, and/or tingling. ...Read more

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What surgery do i need for pinched nerve in my arm?

What surgery do i need for pinched nerve in my arm?

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

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I have a minor pain in my left arm that is transiet. It feels like a pinched nerve. Should I be concerned ?

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

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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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I have a heavy weak arm, could this be a pinched nerve?

I have a heavy weak arm, could this be a pinched nerve?

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

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Could a pinched nerve in my back cause pain in my arms?

Could a pinched nerve in my back cause pain in my arms?

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

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Left arm feels weak pinched nerve?

Left arm feels weak pinched nerve?

Cervical Disc: This could be a cervical disc herniation. Please see your doctor. You need a neurological exam and an MRI possibly. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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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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

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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

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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?

If you're asking...: ...whether the two are related, it's not likely. Also, a "pinched" nerve does not mean you will have "pinching" sensations in the affected limb. That's a misinterpretation of a colloquial term for a compression neuritis/neuropathy or radiculitis/radiculopathy. ...Read more

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How long will it take to recover from the pinched nerve surgery on my arm, or could it be a torn rotator cuff?

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

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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

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Pinched nerve 1yr ago/lost most of lft tricept..Still have little feeling in 3 fingers..Can I rebuild arm/& will numbness stop?

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