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What occurs when the median nerve is compressed as it passes through the narrow area in the wrist?
Carpal tunnel : syndrome is the medical name for that but I'm sure you know that If you mean what exactly happens Most studies talk about a change in the blood flow to the nerve initially the epineurial l tissue Later a change in this layer leads to more consistent nerve problems which is reflected as an alteration in the nerve conduction velocity. Has these nerve changes accelerate clinical symptoms progress as well ...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
If sensory part of median nerve is dead, will I lose functionality which I still have. And does a dead nerve rot in the body requiring amputation?
Complicated question: The sensory part of a nerve only controls sensation - it feels numb. The motor part (moving muscles) should be intact, so you have functionality (for now). A dead nerve ultimately leads to problems - you don't sense trauma or pressure, so you can repeatedly injure a body part w/o knowing it & the sore can get infected. Over time, chronic infections set in bone, requiring amputation. HealthTap Prim ...Read more
That dpends: The nerve damage is rated three ways:1) numbness/little weakness, 2) major numbness/obvious weakness, 3) doesn't feel or move the hand. For the lattr two, in an acute laceration(not tearing injury) surgery to repair the nerve is best option. If the first type, then therapy and protective care will give the best outcome. ...Read more
Depends on severity!: Carpal tunnel syndrome can be treated with splinting at night, streroid injections, and outpatient surgery. My bias is to get an injection first. I would get nerve conduction studies prior to surgery. Also, the median nerve can be trapped higher up: this is called pronator teres syndrome, and is above the wrist and immeidately below the elbow. Check it out on wikipedia. ...Read more
See your doctor: If you have constant numbness or tingling in your hand, this could be a significant problem. This is usually due to carpal tunnel syndrome which can be treated. Start with a wrist splint that you wear mostly at night. If that does not help check with your doctor. Prolonged pressure on the nerve can cause some permanent damage if it goes on for too long. ...Read more
Severe numbness 2 weeks after cts. Medellin dose pk completed. No improvement. I suspect surgeon cut median nerve. What now? I am so uncomfortable.
How quickly does the median nerve repair itself after being damaged during carpal tunnel release?
Depends: Patients with intermittent symptoms before carpal tunnel surgery are usually better the same day. If the nerve has been significantly injured-usually the fingers are always numb-the sensation may return over months to years. If the muscle has been lost for over a year, it will never recover. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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