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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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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

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Tingling in left forearm down to fingers after blood draw 2 days ago.Shock-like pain at poke site each time I flex arm.perm nerve damage?visit doc?

Inflammation: Most likely you just have localized inflammation of the nerve. There is nothing a physician will be able to do to fix this problem. You can try an NSAID such as ibuprofen or naproxen to help with the inflammation ...Read more

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Is this normal or is it nerve damage i had neck sergery this past october. When i got to my room i had no use for my right arm and hand. Now i can raise my arm a little from my side and in front of me. My right hand amd fingers is swollen now my left hand

Is this normal or is it nerve damage i had neck sergery this past october. When i got to my room i had no use for my right arm and hand. Now i can raise my arm a little from my side and in front of me. My right hand amd fingers is swollen now my left hand

Lasting : Lasting numbness and weakness of part or all of a limb is usually caused by damage to the brain or spinal cord, or to a nerve or nerves. A surgeon or physician (doctor) can evaluate new or worse problems and help answer questions about progression or recovery. Limbs that are weak or numb can also become swollen. Sometimes this is because they are not being used, but there are other causes that are more serious. Swelling that is new is a reason to see a doctor quickly. ...Read more

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Left forearm pain radiating between wrist and elbow. No relief with pt, naproxen and celebrax. Pt trainer puzzled. No nerve damage. Very painful.

Left forearm pain radiating between wrist and elbow. No relief with pt, naproxen and celebrax. Pt trainer puzzled. No nerve damage. Very painful.

May be several thing: There are many possible causes although it sounds like possible tendinitis or bursitis of the elbow. It depends on whether the pain is present at rest or with activity and if there are particular activities that cause the pain. With no history of trauma best to see an orthopedist or rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What to do for this possible nerve damage in my arm?

What to do for this possible nerve damage in my arm?

Evaluation: Before treatment can be discussed a cause needs to be identified. See a neurologist. ...Read more

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How do I heal nerve damage under my arms from crutches?

Visit a doctor: There is a whole nerve plexus called the brachial plexus under the arm in the armpit region. You need to see a doctor for this(orthopeist or neurologist) you can develp some serious problems for this if not professionally managed. ...Read more

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Can tingling and numbness in the cheeks be caused by nerve damage in the arm?

Can tingling and numbness in the cheeks be caused by nerve damage in the arm?

No: Although inflammation in the hand can cause shoulder pain at times (hand-shoulder syndrome), the face is not neurally connected to the arm. ...Read more

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If symptoms in arm still persist after anterior distectomy with fusion and plates c7 t1 does it mean that there is irreversible nerve damage ?

If symptoms in arm still persist after anterior distectomy with fusion and plates c7 t1  does it mean that there is irreversible nerve damage ?

Don't despair: The surgery may well have prevented further damage, but reversal of pre-existing problems may take time. Nerve damage may reverse, if optimal, at a speed of 0.1mm daily or speed of fingernail growth. Physical therapy has some potential, and exercise may restore part of this. An EMG test can tell if there is re-innervation and peripheral nerve sprouting. ...Read more

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Hey, I've gotten a weird sensation in my right arm, it felt like someone sprayed cold water on it, do you happen to know why? Nerve damage?

Hey, I've gotten a weird sensation in my right arm, it felt like someone sprayed cold water on it, do you happen to know why?
Nerve damage?

Potentially: The nerves do carry all sensation from your arm to your brain, so it is possible even probable that it is nerve related. I would not hesitate to be seen for an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can checking yout blood pressure too often (20x per day) cause arm pain or nerve damage. Occasional arm pain no other symptoms.

Can checking yout blood pressure too often (20x per day) cause arm pain or nerve damage. Occasional arm pain no other symptoms.

BP checks & pain: No, no nerve damage could occur from checking the blood pressure this often. The arm may be sore from compression of the muscles, that is all. Why is the blood pressure being checked 20x per day? ...Read more

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My arm above elbow hurts. Heat & ice do not help. Friend says nerve damage. What can I do? No trauma has occurred to that area .

See a doctor: Because it could be angina pain referred to arm. Also, it could be anything, from bone tumor to shingles, and some conditions could be serious. ...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