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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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What's better for a pinched nerve, heat or ice?

What's better for a pinched nerve, heat or ice?

Pain Treatment: I recommend using the treatment which gives you better pain relief. Usually ice for the first 3-4 days to decrease swelling followed by heat to improve bloodflow and promote healing is prescribed.

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What is best for a pinched nerve in neck? Heat or ice?

What is best for a pinched nerve in neck? Heat or ice?

New:ice;old:heat: A "pinched nerve in the neck" covers a lot of diagnostic ground. If you have numbness and/or tingling in your arm or hand this may be a cervical neuropathy caused by a nerve impinged as it exits the cervical (neck) vertebral hole (foramen). A cheap and often effective treatment is home traction.It consists of an over the door pulley and halter.

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31 male Pain in my left chest above my nipple. When I move only feels like a pinched nerve it squeezing? Also what does pi in oximeter stand for? Is it the strength of the pulse? It was 12.2 and I can't feel the pounding heat beat feeling in chest

31 male Pain in my left chest above my nipple. When I move only feels like a pinched nerve it squeezing? Also what does pi in oximeter stand for? Is it the strength of the pulse? It was 12.2 and I can't feel the pounding heat beat feeling in chest

A pinching feeling: Above the nipple could be a sign of costochondritis, inflammation of the joint that connects a rib to the breast bone. Pulse oximetry measures the percent of your red blood cells that are carrying oxygen (normal >95%.) It also measures heart rate (normal 60-110) but not the strength of heart contraction. A doctor can estimate the strength of contraction by feeling your pulse. Dr. Anne

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I have a pinched nerve and I am having pain down from my knee down and sharp pains at the bottom of my feet what should I do to to keep the pain down ice and heat is no longer worker and im also on motrin and flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl)

I have a pinched nerve and I am having pain down from my knee down and sharp pains at the bottom of my feet what should I do to to keep the pain down ice and heat is no longer worker and im also on motrin and flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl)

Evaluation: If you havn't been evaluated for this problem I would see and orthopaedic surgeon. Physical therapy can help as well as oral steroids. Injections in the spine, called esi's or epidural corticosteroid injections can be helpful as well. If several months of conservative management does not work then sometimes surgical management is necessary to resolve the pain.

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I have a herniated disc in T 6 and bulging disc in 5&7 in neck for yrs. Pinched nerve in shoulder blade causing pain in arm and numbing in hand I have tried over the counter meds heat and ice. Nothing helps.?

Further treatment: There are more aggressive treatment options for the spine that are more powerful than using over the counter medications, but they get progressively more involved. From non invasive alternatives such as physical therapy or chiropractic care, to interventional pain procedures which are invasive but non surgical, to even surgical considerations. I would not hesitate to be seen to discuss options.

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Is ice or heat better for a lower back pinch nerve that effects my right hip?

Is ice or heat better for a lower back pinch nerve that effects my right hip?

Likely not a pinched: Is there a ropey muscle and a very tender knot in your butt muscle? If so, find the knot and push on it to make it smaller. If this helps your pain, this is not a pinched nerve. Learn more about myofascial pain www. Blatmanhealthandwellness. Com

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I work outside all day in the heat and I have been feeling lightheaded could it be affecting the pinched nerves in my neck more? Or what could it be?

I work outside all day in the heat and I have been feeling lightheaded could it be affecting the pinched nerves in my neck more? Or what could it be?

Blood pressure?: There could be several reasons as to why you are feeling light-headed--especially out doors. The Florida heat and lack of good hydration may be contributing. Also, if you are anemic (or pregnant). Certain medications can also contribute to feeling light-headed. If it persists, you may want to check with your doctor. Best of luck.

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What would be a good way to take care of a pinched nerve in a shoulder caused by a friend?

Depends: A literal pinched nerve in the shoulder can be treated with physical therapy vs injections vs surgery. Often, however, a sensation of a pinched nerve in the shoulder is caused by a cervical pinched nerve, and even shoulder pathology such as a rotator cuff tendonitis could be mistaken for a pinched nerve in the shoulder. If your symptoms do not improve over time, see a physician.

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Can you give me some good tips for back pain pinched nerve?

Can you give me some good tips for back pain pinched nerve?

Stretch and PT: If you are having back pain and pinched nerve symptoms (pain and tingling into your leg (s)), you will need to try both stretching and may want to seek the services of a physical therapist (pt). If you also have weakness, you should see a md immediately. Pt can be very helpful for patient with early (less than 3 months) pinched nerve symptoms. Over 3 months, you may need a neurosurgeon.

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What is a good way to relieve back pain from a pinched nerve?

Rest, icing: The goal is to relieve the pressure on the nerve a diminish the local inflammation. Resting in a position to relieve strain in that area is useful. Icing can be a great relief and the use of nsaids is frequently helpful. Massage is a good reliever but if the condition persists week after week or is worsening, then you need to be evaluated by your orthopod.

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Can you recommend a good way to relieve back pain from a pinched nerve?

Pinched nerve: For most people, a pinched spinal nerve will cause predominantly extremity (i.E arm or leg) pain rather than back pain. Treatment options include physical therapy (progressive strengthening/stretching) and medications and spinal injections. If severe (i.e. Causing neurologic deficit), a pinched nerve may even require surgery.

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How good are epidurial cortisone injections for a pinched nerve?

How good are epidurial cortisone injections for a pinched nerve?

Fair: There is strong scientific evidence that esi for a pinched nerve from an acute disk herniation can help control symptoms, buy time for recovery, and decrease the need for microdiscectomy. Esi for a pinched nerve from sources other than an acute disk herniation is widely accepted, but less definitively proven. Esi in the absence of symptomatic nerve compression is of unproven benefit.

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Is it a good idea to see a chiropractor for a pinched nerve in my lower back. I also have 3 slipped discs?

Is it a good idea to see a chiropractor for a pinched nerve in my lower back. I also have 3 slipped discs?

Yes: Yes, I think it is fine to see a chiropractor for your back, it is an accepted treatment for patients with back problems. If it is not helpful, you can see an md for a second opinion, but there are many people who can get good symptom improvement through chiropractic care.

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I have severe pain at the base of my skull that radiates up behind my right eye. Could it be a pinched nerve? Is there a good way to tell?

CervicogenicHeadache: The most common cause of a cervicogenic headache is a stress to your neck and spine due to a bad posture, previous trauma, bulging disk or pinching nerve. The treatment is conservative, nonsurgical and reversible. Re. See a headache or orofacial pain specialist.

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