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Long Thoracic Nerve Pain
Injury to rib nerve: Each rib has a nerve that runs along the rib in a groove under the bone. This nerve can be cut if not separated from the rib before the rib is removed. Even when separated, the nerve can be stretched or damaged causing pain. The pain can be improved with an injection or with more sophisticated stimulation techniques of the spinal cord or over the root itself. ...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
No more than 6 month: Most herniated disk symptoms resolve with therapy, medication and time. When pain is associated with numbness, tingling and/or weakness it is essential to treat the condition before nerve damage is permanent. After oral steroids and therapy, epidural steroid injections are used to calm down the nerve irritation. If all of this fails, surgery can be used to relieve symptoms. ...Read more
4-6 weeks: Initially the symptoms last 4-6 weeks and if your body heals like it supposed to then pain relief starts. However disc herniations which are the cause of majority of sciatica symptoms last for 6-9 months and therefore people can have pain during that time as well. If not better after 6 weeks see a spine specialist to evaluate this further. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes and No: Short answer is that any opiate or narcotic, oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine etc, will help just about any pain. But one develops rapid tolerance to such drugs and in time they become less effective. Most all neuralgias are much more effectively treated with more "nerve specific" meds like Gabapentin and carbamazepine. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Timeline for healing: The answer to this question depends on how it was acquired. People with sciatic nerve injury from sitting on the bleachers with a toddler on their knee may have symptoms for 1-2 weeks. People with an injury from penetrating trauma may have the symptoms for a long time, possibly forever. Compression ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pinched lumbar nerves. Any negative side effects to long term mechanized traction to relieve pinch nerve?
No, not Realy: As long as mechanical stretch gives you productive hours in your day, it is a good technique. If you forgo stretch of your legs, conditioning and strengthening exercise you will not achieve full recovery. When you know you have bad discs, avoid prolonged sitting, driving, and jarring sports which lead to chronic facet problems (arthritis) in the back. Inversion techniques / yoga mimic traction. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Nerve compression is just one way sciatica can happen. Often when looking at MRI, doctors don't take into consideration that this is a still image and doesn't show what your spine will do when you move, bend over or even stand up. That is why you need to see a spine specialist that can discuss this with you and your options for treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Thoracic t5t6 herniation can the nerve cose me to have left shoulder pain rib pain and mussel pain .?
Yes: Nerve compression is just one way sciatica can happen. Often when looking at MRI, doctors don't take into consideration that this is a still image and doesn't show what your spine will do when you move, bend over or even stand up. That is why you need to see a spine specialist that can discuss this with you and your options for treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Annular tear: Sometimes the herniated disk has annular tear that releases the spongier nucleus pulposus out that can cause a chemical neuritis on the nerves that is similar to sciatica. Also if the MRI reflects any listhesis (slipping of one bone on the other) there may be a compression on the nerves that will not be appreciated on the MRI because you are lying down and not allowing gravity/forces to move it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could sharp pain between my shoulder blade and spine be attributed to my brachial plexus injury and suprascapular nerve compression.
Mri :lumbar radiculopathy l4-5, s1, edematous sciatic nerve. Severe leg pain. Epidurals not helping. Do i f?
Surgery: If you have completed a proper work-up and have failed a reasonable period of conservative care ( at least 6-8 weeks ) and you are in significant pain that prevents you from doing your normal activities, then surgery is an option to discuss with your doctor. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Several days: Epidural steroid injections have used since the early 1950s to treat lower back & radicular pain. It is generally accepted that they provide short term relief of symptoms in at least 50% of cases, there is still no good studies to substantiate long term effect. There may several days of increased pain initially because of increase of pressure from the injected fluid or due to local irritation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is steroid nerve block contradicted if sciatic nerve pain is caused by tumor compression? How long does the pain relief usually last?
Caution: Surgery is done to relieve pain. "Long term pain" is probably referring to failure of the surgery to relieve the pain of TOS. TOS is complicated. Vascular TOS needs surgery. Neurogenic TOS should only have surgery after ALL CONSERVATIVE therapy has failed. The surgery is not always successful. Your thoracic outlet is filled with nerves, blood vessels and muscles: serious complications can occur! ...Read more
It varies: It varies from person to person, perhaps depending on the severity of the pressure, the time the nerve has been compressed, the amount of inflammation, and other variables. Some are blessed with immediate relief. For others, it take take a month or so for the pain to subside. Sometimes anti-inflammatory medicine may help speed the healing, but ask your doctor before taking or if no relief. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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