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Is this nerve damage i had neck sergery this past october, when i got back in my room i had no use for my right arm and hand. Now i can only raise my arm a little from my side, and raise my arm a little streach out in front of me. My hand and fingers is n

Is this nerve damage i had neck sergery this past october, when i got back in my room i had no use for my right arm and hand. Now i can only raise my arm a little from my side, and raise my arm a little streach out in front of me. My hand and fingers is n

Hello. : Hello. It is very important to advise your neurosurgeon about this. It is quite common to have symptoms after surgery as often nerve roots become irritated by being handled. However your surgery was about five months ago. Your symptoms could be impacted by obstructed nerve flow or obstructed blood circulation (as well impeded lymphatic flow). This needs to be evaluated. Take care. ...Read more

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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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Do I have nerve damage because my hand feels numb? I’m a 45 year old male of average height and weight. A week ago, i fell a sleep with my right hand behind the back of my head. I woke up in the middle of the night and my arm was numb with no feeling. Wit

Do I have nerve damage because my hand feels numb? I’m a 45 year old male of average height and weight. A week ago, i fell a sleep with my right hand behind the back of my head. I woke up in the middle of the night and my arm was numb with no feeling. Wit

Nerves : Nerves can get pinched by sleeping in funny positions, and this can result in temporary (and sometimes longer-lasting) numbness and weakness. A google search for the term "saturday night palsy" will reveal a "textbook example" of a not-so-common, but very well-recognized, nerve compression syndrome (in this case, of the radial nerve). Also, one of the contributing factors of carpal tunnel syndrome (pinching of the median nerve) may be hand position during sleep. Other things can also cause numbness of the hands. Determining the cause involves a careful physical examination (which most doctors should be able to perform, but many cannot or do not), and sometimes requires special tests (including electrodiagnostic testing -- see my health guide at the link below) which probably get done more often than necessary. Left undiagnosed and untreated, hand numbness can get worse, can become associated with weakness, and eventually cause inability to use the hands. Indications that a doctor is qualified to diagnose the causes of hand numbness include board certification (such as by the american board of psychiatry and neurology and the american board of electrodiagnostic medicine). It is also a good idea to ensure that the board certified physician is the one who actually performs the examination, rather than a physician extender (pa or other) who is merely supervised by the physician. A thorough examination for hand numbness includes checking the strength of the major movements at each joint in the affected limb (fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulders, in this case), checking sensation in the entire affected limb up to and including the neck, checking reflexes at several points (forearms and both sides of the elbows at least), and checking coordination. This should be in addition to a general examination of the other limbs and major organs. For more information, check: http://patients.Aan.Com/disorders/ http://www.Aanem.Org/education/patient-resources/common-disorders.Aspx. ...Read more

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Why do my arms, hands and feet always fall asleep.I know I have nerve damage?

Why do my arms, hands and feet always fall asleep.I know I have nerve damage?

Possible nerve injur: You may have some early carpal tunnel syndrome when you sleep sometimes the nerve gets pinched and causes some numbness and tingling in your fingers. The foot numbness may be another story. ...Read more

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I was shot through neck in 05 with a 40 cal bullet. went through my brachial plexus have nerve damage through right arm and hand. scartissue block bl

I was shot through neck in 05 with a 40 cal bullet. went through my brachial plexus  have nerve damage through right arm and hand. scartissue block bl

Shot through neck: Sorry for what you have experienced. We can read the history you mention but there is no question. Please try to ask a direct question. A neurosurgeon may be helpful. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a ncv to miss nerve damage done in arms by gbs if main problem are my legs but do have marked numbness in hands and face? My ins. Only covered my arms to be done.

Is it possible for a ncv to miss nerve damage done in arms by gbs if main problem are my legs but do have marked numbness in hands and face? My ins. Only covered my arms to be done.

Rephrase but I think: You are asking about nerveconductiontests?I don't understand gbs.Nctests only measure damage to the large nerves in the nerve bundles. Those nerves handle touch, pressure. Thin nerves (pain) don't show up in these tests. Only a biopsy shows thin nerve damage &this is rarely done. ...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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Nerve damage, what should he do? My husband had the main nerve in his right arm removed because he suffered a near fatal gun shot wound to his chest. He has limited mobility in his right hand, as he can not write, tie his shoes, button a shirt and anythin

Nerve damage, what should he do? My husband had the main nerve in his right arm removed because he suffered a near fatal gun shot wound to his chest. He has limited mobility in his right hand, as he can not write, tie his shoes, button a shirt and anythin

Nerve Repair: Your discription indicates an injury to the lower trunk of the brachial plexus which contributes to the ulnar nerve that controls the hand. The timing from the injury is key as the optimal time for nerve repair is within the first 4 months. Grafts can be placed across the nerve resection site. If it has been longer than 6 months, the potential for nerve regeneration with any technique is bleak. ...Read more

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Had nerve entrapment in cervical spine with repair surgery in 2010. Have nerve damage in the medial side of the arm to thumb. I get sporadic spasms in the arm that locks my hand and fingers. Cause?

Had nerve entrapment in cervical spine with repair surgery in 2010. Have nerve damage in the medial side of the arm to thumb. I get sporadic spasms in the arm that locks my hand and fingers. Cause?

As above : What is the question ? If u want treatment ask u physician . But. U need to remember some times pain can be chronic and medication r to nake it more tolerable and not to cure it. In addition physical therapy may be helpfull. ...Read more

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Slept on my arm on a flight 15 hours ago and the right two fingers and side of Palm on my right hand are still numb. Nerve damage or blood clot?

Slept on my arm on a flight 15 hours ago and the right two fingers and side of Palm on my right hand are still numb. Nerve damage or blood clot?

Nerve compression: Compressing the median nerve will cause this on the palm side, compressing the radial nerve will cause his on the back of the hand. It's doubtful there is significant damage. Give it is day or so, it should return to normal. A blood clot often causes pain and swelling, it is rare for it to cause numbness. Blood clots also tend not to form in arms during sleep. ...Read more

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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