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Dr. Olav Jaren
1,345 Doctors shared insights

Nerve Damage (Overview)

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 surgical repair if needed.


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How long does nerve damage from B12 defeciancy take to heal?

How long does nerve damage from B12 defeciancy take to heal?

B12 nerve damage: Healing of nerves after vitamin B12 deficiency takes different amounts of time, depending on how severe and how long lasting the deficiency was. Nerves also heal slowly. They do not heal until after the B12 level is restored to normal. In my experience, recovery takes 2-3 months, although I have seen it take 12 months, and sometimes healing is not complete. Most cases have a good outcome. ...Read more

Dr. Olav Jaren
1,345 Doctors shared insights

Nerve Damage (Overview)

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 surgical repair if needed.


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Can vagus nerve damage be a symptom of ms?

Can vagus nerve damage be a symptom of ms?

UNUSUAL: Lesions in the lower brainstem, medulla oblongata are rather rare, but if they do occur, one might encounter problems with speech, such as a dysphonia, or a strained speech pattern. If there is widespread inflammation, also involving glossopharyngeal nerve, might see dysphagia, or swallowing problems. Likely the internal organs such as heart, lungs, GI tract would not be involved. ...Read more

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Living with Neuropathy (Checklist)

Monitor your blood sugar levels
Once
Wear loose-fitting shoes
Once
Abstain from alcohol
Once
Stop smoking
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How can you distinguish the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and symptoms of nerve damage?

How can you distinguish the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and symptoms of nerve damage?

See below: Trauma to peripheral nerve causes local pain, numbness, weakness. Parkinson's, affects older males more than females, and is associated with resting tremor, gait imbalance, muscular stiffness, masked facies, perhaps loss of cognition, trouble swallowing, constipation, etc. A good neurologist can sort this out and direct therapy. ...Read more

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Could a disc herniation (l4, l5)lead to permanent nerve damage. If so what are signs of nerve damage around l4, L5 does nerve damage show on a mri?

Could a disc herniation (l4, l5)lead to permanent nerve damage. If so what are signs of nerve damage around l4, L5 does nerve damage show on a mri?

It is possible: If any nerve is compressed severely for a long
time it can be permanently damaged
damage at l4- could cause foot drop
it is possible to see compression on MRI but injury would not necessarily be seen. ...Read more

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Treating a Pinched Nerve (Checklist)

Exercise and stretch
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Get an X-ray/MRI if pain lasts more than 4 weeks
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See a spine/pain specialist if pain doesn't improve
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Can nerve damage heal?

Yes: If the damage does not cause the nerve to be completely cut, then healing can occur. If a nerve has been cut, it will need to be reconnected in order to grow. Nerve grows about 1 mm/day, so depending on where the injury is, it may take over a year for recovery. It is difficult after a nerve is cut to get 100% recovery, but some return of sensation can be expected after repair. ...Read more

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On feb 20th I had a diagnostic laproscopy and d&c done. I suffered what I believe is nerve damage to my right leg I have numbnes in my thigh and sensitive pain to touch in the area from my pelvic down to my knee I've been on heavy pain medication but stil

On feb 20th I had a diagnostic laproscopy and d&c done. I suffered what I believe is nerve damage to my right leg I have numbnes in my thigh and sensitive pain to touch in the area from my pelvic down to my knee I've been on heavy pain medication but stil

First: First of all, follow up with your doctor. There are pain medications aimed at relieving nerve pain. The good news here is that nerves regenerate and heal themselves. If you did suffer nerve damage or irritation it will improve over time. However, you need to see your doctor to make sure this is really the issue.
Best of luck. ...Read more

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Please tell me if there is a test to determine nerve damage?

Please tell me if there is a test to determine nerve damage?

EMG/NCS: The best study to evaluate nerve injury is emg/ncs - nerve conduction study. These are preformed by a neurologist. It involves placing small needles and passing a small amount of current through them.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Can a chiropractor make a referral for tests for nerve damage?

Yes: It is a rare chiropractor who can make this diagnosis let alone give a referral to a real doctor. But in most states and most insurance plans, they can make a referral for nerve damage. ...Read more

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Two part? What's the difference bettween an EMG and nerve conduction test AND is it more painful or less if you have nerve damage?

Two part? What's the difference bettween an EMG and nerve conduction test AND is it more painful or less if you have nerve damage?

There are two parts: Nerve conduction study: Electrodes are put on skin over a nerve. Mild electric shocks (not painful) cause axons to transmit action potentials (nerve impulses). Velocity & amplitude (speed & strength) of impulses are measured. This measures nerve's function. Electromyogram: Needle electrodes are stuck in muscles innervated by a nerve. Electrical activity of muscle => data on nerve function. ...Read more

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Could orthodontal work cause nerve damage?

Something Else: Nerve damage may need to evaluated by a dentist that is very familiar with TMJ ; muscle dysfunction as well as a neurologist. The source of nerve damage needs to be determined otherwise it generally gets worse over time. ...Read more

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Does mononeuritis complex mean nerve damage? Can a mitex foot anchor cause nerve damage? Can a person be allergic to the mitex foot anchor?

Does mononeuritis complex mean nerve damage? Can a mitex foot anchor cause nerve damage? Can a person be allergic to the mitex foot anchor?

Possible...but: There are documented cases of being alleric to titanium, but it is not common. I really don't think it would cause nerve damage. Usually it is a rash....http://www. Hindawi. Com/journals/crior/2013/932167/
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If a chiropractor will see me., does he treat nerve damage?

Always will see you: Chiropractors cannot treat nerve damage. They will insist they can. They can relieve the discomfort a little with deep massage but cannot diagnose or cure nerve damage. See your regular doctor first and perhaps an orthopedic specialist or neurologist for nerve damage. ...Read more

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How can a patient be treated that has painful nerve damage as a reult of varicose vein laser ablation from knee to ankle?

Nerve damage: Nerve damage is a difficulty problem, no matter how it occurred. EVLT of the saphenous vein does have a small risk of "heating" a adjacent nerve & leading to nerve damage which can cause chronic pain. If often improves with time & can also leave some numbness of the adjacent skin. Recommend exercise to stimutate blood flow & neuropathy med such as neurontin (gabapentin) if the pain is severe. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the cure/treatment for nerve damage caused by oral surgery?

Please help! What is the cure/treatment for nerve damage caused by oral surgery?

Dental paresthesia: Most cases of dental paresthesia will spontaneously resolve within days, weeks, or months. Those cases that last beyond 6 to 9 months are considered permanent. The sooner rather than later for a better outcome. Best of luck! ...Read more

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How do you cure nerve damage in the foot?

No cure: Nerve damaged can't be cured. It can be relieved or reduced in symptoms. Nerves take a long time to heal in order of 1cm per month. ...Read more

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Age 58. 30 percent optic nerve damage in 1 eye due to open angle glaucoma. Withg treatment is it possible to prevent vision loss in lifetime?

Age 58. 30 percent optic nerve damage in 1 eye due to open angle glaucoma. Withg treatment is it possible to prevent vision loss in lifetime?

Yes: You will most likely be able to be controlled medically. Your chances of not losing vision from glaucoma are very good. Make sure you are compliant with your medication. ...Read more

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Could statin drugs cause nerve damage (polyneuropathy)?

Nerve damage: There are case reports but no definitive studies that show that statins cause nerve damage or polyneuropathy. Often there are other causes for the neuropathy that can be explained by a careful history, blood work, and a nerve test by a neurologist. ...Read more

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30 percent optic nerve damage. Pressure 31. If slt gets it down to 25 is it possible to be enough to stabilize? Doc says I could try.

30 percent optic nerve damage. Pressure 31. If slt gets it down to 25 is it possible to be enough to stabilize? Doc says I could try.

Possibly: It is possible for an slt to effectively lower your eye pressure. There are other options to lower pressure including eye drops and even surgery. Depending on your diagnosis, certain options work better than others--this is best determined by someone who has examined you. Ask your eyemd for opinions on these other options if you are concerned about slt or consider getting a second opinion. ...Read more

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Is automatic neuropathy genetic?

Is automatic neuropathy genetic?

Riley-Day: You probably are asking about autonomic neuropathy. There are three types of peripheral nerves: motor, sensory, and autonomic. Any or all can be affected by genetic disorders. Any or all can be affected by toxic or metabolic disorders. Some genetic autonomic neuropathies are well known such as riley-day. Others are obscure. Few are treatable. ...Read more

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Lazer lift (face): any risk for nerve damage, how long do positive effects last and is it a few weeks on the market? Manufacturer? Fda approved?

Lazer lift (face): any risk for nerve damage, how long do positive effects last and is it a few weeks on the market? Manufacturer? Fda approved?

Buyer beware: There are many technologies which have great promise. But beware any good solution can be mishandled by untrained or unscrupulous individuals. Not only expect a full explanation of the treatment, seek and find info from others who that provider has. Treated. Accept no invasive tx that is not fda approved, and not by anyone who is not licensed by your state. This is one area where govt can and does. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment to treat nerve pain from ongoing chemo? Is it possible to prevent permanent nerve damage?

What is the best treatment to treat nerve pain from ongoing chemo? Is it possible to prevent permanent nerve damage?

Unclear: Unfortunately there is no clear way to prevent chemo-associated neuropathy. Some medications such as steroids, gabapentin/pregabalin, or antidepressants may be helpful. Vitamin supplementation with b-complex or folate (folic acid) may also be helpful. Your oncologist may have recommendations specific to your type of chemotherapy, and all supplements should be discussed before taking to avoid interactions. ...Read more

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With treatment can a 58 year old with 30 percent optic nerve damage avoid significant vision loss in their lifetime?

With treatment can a 58 year old with 30 percent optic nerve damage avoid significant vision loss in their lifetime?

Depends on the cause: If your vision loss is from compression of the nerve from a tumor it is best to get it treated asap to prevent further loss. Optic nerve damage may not improve if the damage is severe. ...Read more

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Can nerve damage heal?

Yes: If the damage does not cause the nerve to be completely cut, then healing can occur. If a nerve has been cut, it will need to be reconnected in order to grow. Nerve grows about 1 mm/day, so depending on where the injury is, it may take over a year for recovery. It is difficult after a nerve is cut to get 100% recovery, but some return of sensation can be expected after repair. ...Read more

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Can nerve damage repair itself?

Can nerve damage repair itself?

Sometimes: A broad question, because there are many ways a nerve can be damaged: compression (carpal tunnel), crush, cut, etc. A "bruised" nerve can heal itself; it grows back at about 1 inch/month. If the nerve is divided, it may occasionally heal, but more often needs surgical repair--and this doesn't always result in return of function. ...Read more

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Does a m r I show nerve damage?

Does a m r I show nerve damage?

Not really: An EMG is the best test for nerve damage. The MRI can show evidence of compression or damage but cannot quantitate it or really confirm its extent. In most cases. ...Read more

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Can nerve damage reverse itself?

Can nerve damage reverse itself?

Variable: Generically, if only the coverings of a nerve are involved (myelin), and healing begins, it will take about 4 weeks. If the central portion of the nerve fibre is involved (axon), recovery is the speed of finger nail growth (.1 mm daily). Depends on location, causation, and whether successful treatment is available. ...Read more

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How permanent can nerve damage be?

Very permanent: Your question is not open to an answer because you offer no specifics. What nerve? How severe is the involvement? ...Read more

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How to know if I have nerve damage?

Nerve damage?: Please consult with your primary care physician or a neurologist for a thorough exam. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have nerve damage?

How do I know if I have nerve damage?

Nerve injury: An examination would be the place to start. If there is evidence of a nerve problem it could be further evaluated as to extent of injury with electro diagnostic testing. ...Read more

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Could nerve damage really be repaired?

Yes and no: A severed or ruptured nerve theoretically can be repaired surgically, but that does not guarantee complete healing and normal function. Nerves do have the ability to regenerate. New connection can be made to bridge the area of injury. This takes time and most healing will occur within the first year after injury. Ultimately, your body will do the best it can to heal the injury. ...Read more

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What can happen if I have nerve damage?

Nerve damage: Nerve damage most often leads to either burning pain, weakness and numbness.

The most important thing to do is to try to identify the cause of the nerve injury and if possible to treat it. ...Read more

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What should I do about the nerve damage?

Nerve pain: You must be treated by a neurologist or pain physician. Do your best to try non-addictive pills first. Pain medicines, opioids, should be back up medicines and not your first choice. ...Read more

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Does chinese medicine work for nerve damage?

Traditional Chinese: With complete damage or loss of function, probably not. ...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