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Can nerve damage repair itself?

Can nerve damage repair itself?

Sometimes: A broad question, because there are many ways a nerve can be damaged: compression (carpal tunnel), crush, cut, etc. A "bruised" nerve can heal itself; it grows back at about 1 inch/month. If the nerve is divided, it may occasionally heal, but more often needs surgical repair--and this doesn't always result in return of function. ...Read more

Dr. Olav Jaren
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Nerve Damage (Definition)

A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more


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Carpal tunel : can nerve damage repair itself?

Carpal tunel : can nerve damage repair itself?

Yes: 98% of patients will get improvement in sensation and most complete recovery. It could take up to 3-4 months, so be patient. It also depends on how much damage you have going into the surgery (based on emg/ncv test). Permanent and irreversible nerve damage can also occur for many reasons without decompression of the nerve. ...Read more

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How long is recommended off work after having nerve damage repair operation on little finger?

How long is recommended off work after having nerve damage repair operation on little finger?

Talk with surgeon: In all likelihood your surgeon has splinted the finger to minimize damage. Depending on the type of work you do it might be safe to go back to work. Discuss with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Can a tummy tuck damage the vagus nerve? And is vagus nerve damage repairable? Temporary? Permanent? How is it diagnosed?

No: The vagus nerves travel along the esophagus and onto the stomach, deep within the chest and abdominal cavities. A tummy tuck involves the superficial skin and tissue under the skin, outside the abdominal cavity. No chance for injury to the vagus nerve during tummy tuck. ...Read more

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Could radial nerve damage be repaired 100%?

It depends: It depends somewhat on the degree of the damage. Mild issues often resolve with time. More serious damage may improve but not completely resolve. Sometimes, there is no improvement. ...Read more

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If B12 deficiency causes confusion, depression, loss of balance, tingling etc. From NERVE DAMAGE, can the NERVE DAMAGE be repaired with shots/supplement?

If B12 deficiency causes confusion, depression, loss of balance, tingling etc. From NERVE DAMAGE, can the NERVE DAMAGE be repaired with shots/supplement?

Sometimes not always: Often many of the symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency can be treated by replacing the vitamin. Shots may be needed for large doses. If the deficiency is very long-lasting, some of the damage can be irreversible. This usually counts for cases that are a year or older for example. ...Read more

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Could nerve damage really be repaired?

Could nerve damage really be repaired?

Yes and no: A severed or ruptured nerve theoretically can be repaired surgically, but that does not guarantee complete healing and normal function. Nerves do have the ability to regenerate. New connection can be made to bridge the area of injury. This takes time and most healing will occur within the first year after injury. Ultimately, your body will do the best it can to heal the injury. ...Read more

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What causes sensory nerve damage, what could help repair it?

What causes sensory nerve damage, what could help repair it?

Not so simple: Need to provide diagnosis of cause so that the actual pathology can be addressed. If you possess a true sensory small fibre neuropathy, this does need confirmation via a skin punch biopsy. You could have an immune disorder, amyloidosis, diabetes, b-12 deficiencies. Repair maybe possible, and medical foods may be useful. A few neurologists deal with these problems and can guide you. ...Read more

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Can nerve damage to sciatic nerves repair/heal itself?

Maybe, maybe not: Nerve pain from sciatica almost always (over 90%) heals itself. Nerve damage is less predictable. Some nerve damage is reversible, but the healing process is very slow - years. ...Read more

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If you were having an operation to repair nerve damage would you need time off work?

If you were having an operation to repair nerve damage would you need time off work?

Possibly: There are many types of surgery to repair nerve damage. Time off from work depends on what the operation is being done. Minor surgery may need little time off (also depends on what type of work you do), while major reconstructions could require extended time off. ...Read more

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Who can repair nerve damage after prostate removal?

Who can repair nerve damage after prostate removal?

No one: You can't repair the nerves if they've been damaged but some reports show return of function up to 18 months after surgery if the nerves were spared. In the meantime, 1st try the meds; viagra, cialis, levitra (vardenafil). 2nd level would be vacuum pump, muse or injections. 3rd level would be a prosthesis. There is help. See your urologist. For more: www. Peedoc. Com @thepeedoc. ...Read more

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Can inguinal hernia repair nerve damage?

Can inguinal hernia repair nerve damage?

Yes: Nerve injuries are rare complications of open & laparoscopic hernia repair. In open surgery, the nerve that innervates the skin of the groin & thigh is prone to injury, leading to numbness or pain. In laparoscopic repair, a tack holding the mesh can irritate branches of the same nerve, or, more rarely, catch a nerve to the leg. Chronic pain responds to injecting the nerve, if necessary. ...Read more

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Is severe nerve root damage surgicaly repairable at the L4 L5 nerve root with paralysis of the inner left leg.?

Nerve injury: The L5 nerve root exits at the l4/5 level and is responsible for raising the foot and big toe. The nerve can be be repaired but the recovery can be months. In addition to nerve cream, a tens unit, neuropathic oral medications, and a trial of spinal cord stimulation can used to relieve or eliminate the pain. See a neurosurgeon for evaluation. ...Read more

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How effective are repair operations of lingual nerve damage from impacted wisdom tooth surgery after 4 months of injury? Which operation is the best?

How effective are repair operations of lingual nerve damage from impacted wisdom tooth surgery after 4 months of injury? Which operation is the best?

Ineffective: If, after a reasonable course of steroids, the patient reports decreased sensation and pain consistent with neuronal injury, neuropathic pain medications should then be considered. After 4 month the surgery is already known to be ineffective. See orofacial pain specialist for neuropathic pain management. ...Read more

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What is the best repair operation4 lingual nerve damage from wisdom tooth surgery? Isit effective after4 monthsof injury? I've got burning&painin tongue

What is the best repair operation4 lingual nerve damage from wisdom tooth surgery? Isit effective after4 monthsof injury? I've got burning&painin tongue

Did you try meds?: The lingual nerve is in a very difficult place to access surgically (almost impossible) without creating more problems. Have you by tied a course of steroid therapy to reduce the amount of nerve inflammation caused by our wisdom tooth surgery? That should be your first course of action, followed by possibly the injection of some meds at the injury site. Try to avoid surgery! ...Read more

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Had nerve entrapment in cervical spine with repair surgery in 2010. Have nerve damage in the medial side of the arm to thumb. I get sporadic spasms in the arm that locks my hand and fingers. Cause?

Had nerve entrapment in cervical spine with repair surgery in 2010. Have nerve damage in the medial side of the arm to thumb. I get sporadic spasms in the arm that locks my hand and fingers. Cause?

As above: What is the question? If u want treatment ask u physician. But. U need to remember some times pain can be chronic and medication r to nake it more tolerable and not to cure it. In addition physical therapy may be helpfull. ...Read more

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Can nerve damage heal?

Yes: If the damage does not cause the nerve to be completely cut, then healing can occur. If a nerve has been cut, it will need to be reconnected in order to grow. Nerve grows about 1 mm/day, so depending on where the injury is, it may take over a year for recovery. It is difficult after a nerve is cut to get 100% recovery, but some return of sensation can be expected after repair. ...Read more

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Does a m r I show nerve damage?

Does a m r I show nerve damage?

Not really: An EMG is the best test for nerve damage. The MRI can show evidence of compression or damage but cannot quantitate it or really confirm its extent. In most cases. ...Read more

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Can nerve damage reverse itself?

Can nerve damage reverse itself?

Variable: Generically, if only the coverings of a nerve are involved (myelin), and healing begins, it will take about 4 weeks. If the central portion of the nerve fibre is involved (axon), recovery is the speed of finger nail growth (.1 mm daily). Depends on location, causation, and whether successful treatment is available. ...Read more

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How permanent can nerve damage be?

How permanent can nerve damage be?

Very permanent: Your question is not open to an answer because you offer no specifics. What nerve? How severe is the involvement? ...Read more

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How to know if I have nerve damage?

Nerve damage?: Please consult with your primary care physician or a neurologist for a thorough exam. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have nerve damage?

Nerve injury: An examination would be the place to start. If there is evidence of a nerve problem it could be further evaluated as to extent of injury with electro diagnostic testing. ...Read more

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What can happen if I have nerve damage?

Nerve damage: Nerve damage most often leads to either burning pain, weakness and numbness.

The most important thing to do is to try to identify the cause of the nerve injury and if possible to treat it. ...Read more

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What should I do about the nerve damage?

Nerve pain: You must be treated by a neurologist or pain physician. Do your best to try non-addictive pills first. Pain medicines, opioids, should be back up medicines and not your first choice. ...Read more

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Does chinese medicine work for nerve damage?

Does chinese medicine work for nerve damage?

Traditional Chinese: With complete damage or loss of function, probably not. ...Read more

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What is good to take for painful nerve damage?

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Nerve pain: There are some medications used to treat neuropathy. It can be anti-seizure medications like Lyrica (pregabalin) or gabapentin, antidepressants like cymbalta, or tca. .. ...Read more

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Ok so if I do have nerve damage, what can I do now?

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See a doctor: You need to see a doctor for evaluation. A nerve test would be helpful to identify the cause and the extend of nerve damage. The general treatment would involve therapy, medications, and possible some nerve blocks. Good luck. ...Read more

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What can I do to help my husband with nerve damage?

Nerve damage: Trearment is directed at the cause of the nerve damage. Too vague to answer with specifics. ...Read more

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Can nerve damage result from taking pain medication?

If too much: Any medication or drug can cause damage if taken too much and too often. Pain medications are designed to affect nerves to reduce the bad signals. They must be used appropriately or they can cause too much effect and result in damage. Abuse of pain medications has become a major problem. Many patients end up with chronic pain due to excessive use of pain medications. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: nerve damage?

What is the definition or description of: nerve damage?

A: A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut.
A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb.
Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well.
Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost.
A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend surgical repair if needed. ...Read more

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Please tell me if there is a test to determine nerve damage?

EMG/NCS: The best study to evaluate nerve injury is emg/ncs - nerve conduction study. These are preformed by a neurologist. It involves placing small needles and passing a small amount of current through them.
Good luck. ...Read more

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How will u know if there is any nerve damage. With your child?

Using the site: You can get the most from this site when you provide adequate background info to support your question. You have not indicated important things like the history, age, nerves or symptoms involved. In the absence of this info, we cannot begin to respond to the question. Physicians donate their time to answer questions. Any fees keep the site open. You are welcome to start over. ...Read more

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Help! Need to know if there's a test to determine nerve damage?

Nerve damage: Can be detected via electrical studies such as electromyogram and nerve conduction studies. Under certain conditions, nerve biopsy can aid in the etiology. ...Read more

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What is a great solution for a person with chronic nerve damage?

What is a great solution for a person with chronic nerve damage?

No easy answer: Depends on what the cause of your nerve damage, your other health issues if any, and your functional status (disabled or just chronic discomfort). Be sure you get an evaluation by a board certified neurologist and possibly a chronic pain specialist if pain is a major part of your condition. If there is an underlying condition causing it, that should be addressed as well (such as diabetes). ...Read more

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When and what are different ways nerve damage can occur? Thanks dr!

There are many answe: Nerve damage can occur in many different ways. Some of the most common are trauma (injuries), arthritis or disk deterioration causing pressure on a nerve, compression neuropathy such as carpal tunnel syndrome in which a nerve going through a narrow canal is pinched or compressed, exposure to toxins (such as alcohol, chemicals and medication) and many diseases such as diabetes and thyroid. ...Read more

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I think I have nerve damage but when I went to get checked out they said it was just hyper sensitive. What's the difference between the two?

Neuropathy: Can involve part of a single nerve or a group of nerves, I suggest you consult a neurologist if you think you have nerve injury or peripheral neuropathy. Injury to part of the thalamus in the brain can also cause increased perception of pain (on one side of the body) ...Read more

Dr. Sam Markzar
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Neuropraxia (Definition)

Neuropraxia is defined as a temporary loss of function of the nerve. Some nerves are purely sensory while others carry both sensory and motor fibers. Traumatic contusion injuries to nerves or nerve compressions can cause Neuropraxia. Sensory nerves like sural nerve in the leg or mixed sensory and motor nerves like the median and ulnar nerves in the forearm & hand ...Read more


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