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What could cause me to get nerve damage in several areas in my back and neck. Got in neck affecting left arm and lower back affecting right leg?

What could cause me to get nerve damage in several areas in my back and neck. Got in neck affecting left arm and lower back affecting right leg?

Back: The most common cause is a disk or back injury at your age. Other less common problems for a women your age include syringomyelia, inherited disk diseases, infections, scoliosis, and certain types of arthritis ( especially a group called seronegative spondyloarthropathies). Best bet is to see your family doc or a rheumatologist to get it checked out. ...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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Can nerve damage be corrected? I've been having all symptoms of nerve damage in my legs, & left arm. What r the treatments cuz I'm terrified. Thanks!

Can nerve damage be corrected? I've been having all symptoms of nerve damage in my legs, & left arm.  What r the treatments cuz I'm terrified. Thanks!

Possibly: There are many causes of neuropathy some of which are reversible ( for example: significant hypothyroidism can be associated with neuropathies which can resolve with thyroid replacement Rx). The same is true for certain vitamin deficiency states. You should consider seeing a Neurologist to determine what type of neuropathy you have/What's causing it/what therapy could help. ...Read more

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I have had pain in my left arm pit and breast for over 2 months now. My regular dr. Seems to think it is nerve damage chest X-ray and mammogram normal?

I have had pain in my left arm pit and breast for over 2 months now. My regular dr. Seems to think it is nerve damage chest X-ray and mammogram normal?

Get Ultrasound : I recommend a ultrasound of the axilla to evaluate the lymph nodes. A breast specialist will be able to rule out a breast issue as a cause for your pain. It is possible for a breast cancer to cause pain and swelling in the armpit and this should be ruled out. ...Read more

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Left arm is tingly and sore I have neuropathy . I've had heart tests and all is well could it be my nerves?

Left arm is tingly and sore I have neuropathy . I've had heart tests and all is well could  it be my nerves?

Possibly: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more

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Is an aching left arm and left leg a sign of peripheral neuropathy, hiv, carpal tunnel or pinched nerve?

Is an aching left arm and left leg a sign of peripheral neuropathy, hiv, carpal tunnel or pinched nerve?

Depends: This can be a systemic disease process (neuropathy, hiv) affecting multiple nerves at once. Carpal tunnel affect the hand specifically, not the arm. You can have two pinched nerves possibly, but one tries to explain symptoms by the most simple explanation. Consider spinal cord issues, which would affect arm and leg simultaneously. ...Read more

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Was given gabapentin4mild peroneal neuropathy in knee.now have burning sensation n slight pain in left knee.left arm is palpitating.What should i do ?

Was given gabapentin4mild peroneal neuropathy in knee.now have burning sensation n slight pain in left knee.left arm is palpitating.What should i do ?

See pain management: specialist or a neurologist. Peripheral neuropathy is a complicate chronic dysfunction to live with. The good news is there is a treatment for this condition ranges from conservative therapies, pharmacological and alternative options. The goals of treatment are to relieve pain, maintain normal function and improve quality of life. ...Read more

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No chest pain, left arm tingly, jaw hurts a little after 20 min of cardio. Can it be my neuropathy? Or cannot be something else? Heart test all good

Maybe: My question would be what are you doing with your arm and jaw while exercising? Using arms (perhaps elliptical, ergometer, or rowing machine) may bring out tingling. Also hyperventilation (would expect both hands). Clenching jaw, or jarring from running, may bring out jaw pain. If you have already been tested for heart problems and don't have any big risk factors, i would recommend analgesics. ...Read more

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8 months post thyroidectomy, how likely will my left cord become un-paralyzed and accessory nerve healed. My right arms affected by trap nerve damage?

8 months post thyroidectomy, how likely will my left cord become un-paralyzed and accessory nerve healed. My right arms affected by trap nerve damage?

Up to 1 year: Most ENT surgeons will wait 1 year before they consider intervention to do a procedure on the vocal cord to improve your voice. SO possibly 1 year before you give up on the possibility of recovery. ...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