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Is Nerve Damage Repairable
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
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
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
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
Is vagus nerve damage repairable? Or, will the person have to deal with the issues for the rest of their life?
Can a tummy tuck damage the vagus nerve? And is vagus nerve damage repairable? Temporary? Permanent? How is it diagnosed?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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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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
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
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
I always feel something crawling on me. Could this be a medical matter? For example, nerve damage?
Possibly nerves: See you doctor and have a neurological examination. ...Read more
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?
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
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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