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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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Any side effects to lower lumbar nerve blocks?

Any side effects to lower lumbar nerve blocks?

Yes: Quite uncommon like infection, nerve damage, spinal headaches and failure to achieve goals. ...Read more

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Can lumbar puncture leave permenant nerve damage?

Can lumbar puncture leave permenant nerve damage?

Rarely: While it is possible to pierce a nerve root directly during a spinal tap, that is quite uncommon. ...Read more

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What are the risks of a lumbar nerve block and what care should be taken afterwards?

What are the risks of a lumbar nerve block and what care should be taken afterwards?

Epidural: The most common "lumbar nerve block" is lumbar epidural. Risks include bleeding if you are on blood thinners. Infection that may lead to meningitis so sterile technique is very important. 1 in 100 can get headache that is worse when sitting up (for midline epidural). Nerve damage, paralysis and death are very rare. Usually these are same day procedures with little down time. ...Read more

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Does chronic nerve damage of lower lumbar cause back pain?

Does chronic nerve damage of lower lumbar cause back pain?

Different types of p: It is not uncommon for someone with a back injury to have nerve pain. Nerve pain can be experienced as radiating pain away from the spine and into the buttocks, hip or leg. You can have back pain that is not specifically related to a nerve injury. You would need to be evaluated by a physician to better determine the nature and cause of your pain. This will help determine the best treatment. ...Read more

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Lumbar nerve root irritation and eds type 3... 5 months later still in pain and using crutches. Will I ever recover?

Lumbar nerve root irritation and eds type 3... 5 months later still in pain and using crutches. Will I ever recover?

Discuss with: Your orthopedic doctor who has been treating you and knows your history. If you have not seen a back orthopedic doctor you nee to see one. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me about a lumbar nerve block?

Lumbar nerve: A lumbar nerve block is 1 way to treat pain caused by compression of a lumbar nerve root. It can be done " blind" or via fluoroscopy or us guidance. Local anaesthetic and a steroid is injected close to the nerve. If the correct nerve location is identified, the pain will resolve. ...Read more

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I have a pinched lumbar nerve, tried pt but pain has got worse I can't stand to be on my feet long it goes down my leg and numbs my foot?

I have a pinched lumbar nerve, tried pt but pain has got worse I can't stand to be on my feet long it goes down my leg and numbs my foot?

Be seen: I would certainly be seen in followup, if you have not had an MRI you may need one to fully evaluate your problem. Progression in neurological symptoms, particularly if weakness develops, can sometimes be an indication for surgical intervention. ...Read more

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After a lumbar nerve block IV some numbness/drop in foot ihave feeling but little movement. Pysio thinks its from the block. Can you help explain this?

After a lumbar nerve block IV some numbness/drop in foot ihave feeling but little movement. Pysio thinks its from the block. Can you help explain this?

Normal if resolved: A nerve block means the doctor injected Lidocaine or another local anesthetic (numbing medication) around a nerve. It is done for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. It is normal, after the nerve is 'numbed' to have numbness and decreased muscle strength. It should resolve after max 12 hours (depending on medication used). If it has not resolved. Call the doctor asap for evaluation. ...Read more

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Can a lumbar puncture that caused explosive pain in the thigh cause nerve damage and muscle weakness in the same area? Is that damage permanent?

Can a lumbar puncture that caused explosive pain in the thigh cause nerve damage and muscle weakness in the same area? Is that damage permanent?

Could: Whether there is damage (let alone whether it is permanent) can be best determined by a good neurologic exam and may require an emg. ...Read more

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Have lumbar nerve root damage numbness in leg, , doctor put me on Cipro for bacterial infection in urine., is that a good medicine?

Have lumbar nerve root damage numbness in leg, , doctor put me on Cipro for bacterial infection in urine., is that a good medicine?

Please repost: Please repost and explain the relationship in your thinking between lumbar nerve root damage and a urinary tract infection. I don't see the connection. Also, please include the answer you got to your question about ciprofloxacin from the doctor who prescribed the antibiotic; or, if you did not ask your doctor, please state why not. ...Read more

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I have lumbar spinal stenosis and have had four back surgeries. I also have nerve damage in my legs and feet. I feel extreme burning and tingling. Now they want to puta spinal cord stimulator (scs) in. Is it a good idea?

I have lumbar spinal stenosis and have had four back surgeries. I also have nerve damage in my legs and feet. I feel extreme burning and tingling. Now they want to puta spinal cord stimulator (scs) in. Is it a good idea?

Medically Sound: One cannot generalize for every patient and their own particular situation. In general, if a patient has been adequately decompressed, as you have been with 4 surgeries, and still has residual or continuing neuropathic pain they would be considered an excellent candidate for SCS at first assessment. Further spinal surgeries have not been seen to help and may in fact worsen your situation. ...Read more

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I broke my tailbone and lower back; could this cause sciatic nerve damage?

Possibly: If you use the term sciatic nerve to mean nerve root damage, it depends upon the type of fracture. Sciatic nerve damage would depend upon the location of the fracture as well. You doctor can tell based upon your symptoms, exam, and the images. ...Read more

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I have an itch but can't find it? Iv had 3 lower back operations and severe nerve damage down leg, could this be the reason?

I have an itch but can't find it? Iv had 3 lower back operations and severe nerve damage down leg, could this be the reason?

Nerve damage: Injury to nerves can cause odd feeling such as burning or itching that is difficult to localize. Your 3 prior back operations could be related depending on the area (dermatome) that is itching and the levels of surgery. ...Read more

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I have pain in my lower back painful to lie on it if it's pressed etc could it be nerve damage had major bowel surgery 4 months ago?

I have pain in my lower back painful to lie on it if it's pressed etc could it be nerve damage had major bowel surgery 4 months ago?

Could be: Could also be due to muscle spasm, vertebral dysf., sacroiliac dysf, stretched/torn ligament in back, nerve injury/inflammation from a number of causes, or post-surgical scar adherent to back abdominal wall, to name a few. If pain is chronic &/or severe, a good history & physical by your dr. Incl osteopathic hands-on exam may find cause. Care can be symptomatic-NSAIDS, heat, or manipulation, etc. ...Read more

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My middle back hurts a lot I never had this problem before? I do have inflamed nerve in neck and nerve damage lower back from sports....

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My middle back hurts a lot I never had this problem before? I do have inflamed nerve in neck and nerve damage lower back from sports....

Back pain: The back pain can be caused by muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement. ..
Neck and low back pain can cause radiating pain as well.
Please see a pain specialist for evaluation. You might benefit from therapy. ...Read more

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I have lower back nerve damage from sports would electro acupuncture and therapy help my injury?

I have lower back nerve damage from sports would electro acupuncture and therapy help my injury?

Acupuncture w e-stim: Ensure that your injury has been properly worked up (ie. Orthopedic surgeon, neurologist, neurosurgeon).
Talk with your physician about using acupuncture as an adjunct to your treatment. Acupuncture with electric stimulation is often effective to improve range of motion, and to decrease inflammation & pain. ...Read more

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Can neurophathy emg test in lower back tell you if you have upper body or hand nerve damage as well?

Can neurophathy emg test in lower back tell you if you have upper body or hand nerve damage as well?

No: Emg of muscles in your low back and legs looks only at the lumbar roots, while nerve conduction studies (ncs) check nerves in your legs & feet. To check the cervical nerve roots in your neck you would need EMG of the muscles in your arms and hands, and possibly muscles in your neck. To check nerves in your arms and hands (carpal tunnel), you would need ncs of the arms and hands. ...Read more

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I have lower back pain really hurts to press on back think it's nerve damage from surgery any advice reduced movement sometimes?

I have lower back pain really hurts to press on back think it's nerve damage from surgery any advice reduced movement sometimes?

What surgery: You forgot to mention what kind of surgery you had it could be important my advise check with your doctors and start with the surgeon ...Read more

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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?

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

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It began whilst I was doing yoga, I feel I may have done nerve damage to my lower back to cause the severe aching of the whole muscle area of my calf/including the front. Its been present since August & it has been constant. Stretching aggravates it.

It began whilst I was doing yoga, I feel I may have done nerve damage to my lower back to cause the severe aching of the whole muscle area of my calf/including the front. Its been present since August & it has been constant. Stretching aggravates it.

Stop Yoga: Depends on what you do exactly in Yoga.
Some of the Exercises are not for every one, .Some put a lot of stress on the lower back.
Please check with your doctor.
Meanwhile you can hang from a pull up bar for 10 second twice a day and do crunches and do not bend to do things, until you are cleared by your doctor. ...Read more

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2006 I received an LP shunt in my back, and for the past year I've been suffering severe lower back pain and severe leg pain an emg show nerve damage?

Please clarify: Sorry: Please repost and clarify: Are you saying that an EMG/NCS DID show nerve damage, or asking if an EMG/NCS WOULD show nerve damage? ...Read more

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Seven weeks ago doctor said I have a herniated disc in lower back. And sciatic nerve damage. I did theropy and it hurts worse now. No improvement?

Seven weeks ago doctor said I have a herniated disc in lower back. And sciatic nerve damage. I did theropy and it hurts worse now. No improvement?

Radiculopathy: Most herniated disks will get better on their own, however if the symptoms worsen after conservative treatment then other methods should be investigated. Surgery is an option when weakness, pain and sensory loss all correlate to the location of the disk herniation. Usually physical therapy, steroid injections and other methods are employed first. Seven weeks is not a long time. But try another way. ...Read more

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Have periperal neuropathy & lumbar and cervical stenosis with nerve compression. Have numerous symptoms. Can you identify condition causing by type?

Have periperal neuropathy & lumbar and cervical stenosis with nerve compression. Have numerous symptoms. Can you identify condition causing by type?

Yes, you can have: A fairly good idea as to the etiology of various symptoms and findings as these are not that unusual to see in soneone your age. Spinal stenosis can be found in 20% of population over 60 & tandem or stenosis in both cervical & lumbar regions is not infrequent. Neuropathy has many causes including age as well. See a neurologist or spine specialist to be properly evaluated- neuro or orthopaedic ...Read more

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Any different symptoms of MS and nerve damage in the back?

Some differences: Normally nerve problems in the lower back (where they are most common) cause pain, numbness, weakness or decreased reflexes in the legs. They are often asymmetrical. The symptoms last a long time.

MS often causes numbness or weakness on one side of the body, double vision, or impaired vision in one eye. These symptoms may only last a few days. ...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