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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


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How long can pressure be put on nerve before irreversible damage? Tried conservative treatment for 4 months after injury and am looking at surgery now

Nerve damage: Irreversible damage occurs when the blood supply to the nerve is cut off. The severity and duration of the compression on the nerve contributes to the permanency of the nerve damage. Atrophy and weakness is a sign of progressive and potentially irreversible nerve damage. ...Read more

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CRPS after injury/surgery. Pain dr- mild but will take time. Does it worsen without treatment? Options- nerve blocks, medication, physio- what's best?

CRPS after injury/surgery. Pain dr- mild but will take time. Does it worsen without treatment? Options- nerve blocks, medication, physio- what's best?

CPRS, AND PAIN: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, or CRPS, formerly known as RSD or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy is a progressive disease of the Autonomic Nervous System, and more specifically, the Sympathetic Nervous System. The pain is characterized as constant, extremely intense, and out of proportion to the original injury. The pain is typically accompanied by swelling, skin changes, are extreme sensitivity. Treatment for CRPS, which usually includes a combination of physical therapy (physiotherapy) and medications, is much more effective if it starts soon after the onset of symptoms. As the condition is very difficult to diagnose, it is not possible to make reliable estimates of the number of people affected. A significant number of patients never tell their GP (general practitioner, primary care physician) or doctor if their symptoms are mild. The National Health Service (NHS), UK, believes that approximately 1 in every 2,000 accidents or incidents of trauma probably result in CRPS. Although CRPS can affect people of any age, first symptoms tend to become noticeable in patients aged between 40 and 60 years. Experts say that more females are affected than males. The severity of symptoms and frequency of episodes of CRPS vary enormously. Some individuals have repeated CRPS episodes throughout their life, while others have symptoms which go away forever after a few months. Pain relievers. Over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers — such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) and naproxen (Aleve) — may ease pain and inflammation. Your doctor may prescribe stronger pain relievers if OTC ones aren't helpful. Opioid medications may be an option. Taken in appropriate doses, they may provide acceptable control of pain. Antidepressants and anticonvulsants. Sometimes antidepressants, such as amitriptyline, and anticonvulsants, such as gabapentin (Gralise, Neurontin), are used to treat pain that originates from a damaged nerve (neuropathic pain). Corticosteroids. Steroid medications, such as prednisone, may reduce inflammation and improve mobility in the affected limb. Bone-loss medications. Your doctor may suggest medications to prevent or stall bone loss, such as alendronate (Fosamax) and calcitonin (Miacalcin). Sympathetic nerve-blocking medication. Injection of an anesthetic to block pain fibers in your affected nerves may relieve pain in some people. Intravenous ketamine. Studies show that low doses of intravenous ketamine, a strong anesthetic, may substantially alleviate pain. However, despite pain relief, there was no improvement in function. ...Read more

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What is the healing time for an ankle surgery that fixed nerve damage?

Talk to your doctor: There is no way to know since I do not know what procedure was performed . You surgeon can give you a better answer. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about nerve damage from minor ankle surgery healing time?

Can you tell me about nerve damage from minor ankle surgery healing time?

Nerve damage is-: -low due 2 a surgeon's knowledge of anatomy. Incisions R made 2 avoid or keep damage 2 a minimum. Any surgery involving a joint is major. The main nerves injured R small cutaneous 1's, & there's usually an area around the incision that is numb or sensitive. If U have this especially sensitive, it usually goes away with time. No surg solution. Desensitization can B done by tapping the area rptdly ...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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Why isnt my knee surgery healing ? Its been a yr and a half , had a bilateral release, im getting nerve pain, is it ever going to heal and when?

Why isnt my knee surgery healing ? Its been a yr and a half , had a bilateral release, im getting nerve pain, is it ever going to heal and when?

Knee surgery: Not healing after one & half year needs more explanation. Is the site red, swollen or having discharge? Or simply not functioning properly? Just sore?Sure you saw the orthopedist after surgery& what does he/she say? If the situation remains same & you are worried then you should see another orthopedist expert in revision surgery not a regular orthopedist. Good luck. ...Read more

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During jaw surgery the surgeon said the "hook" used stretched facial nerves. I now have Bell's Palsy on right side. Is healing impossible or hard?

During jaw surgery the surgeon said the "hook" used stretched facial nerves. I now have Bell's Palsy on right side. Is healing impossible or hard?

Should be ok: Usually return of facial nerve function within a few months. Follow surgeon instructions. Oral surgeon may ask for ENT doc opinion about facial nerve injury. ...Read more

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What is my best treatment for pinched nerves had a server ruptured disc in witch i had surgery had the eperldoral shots and have been on vicodin 2 ye?

What is my best treatment for pinched nerves had a server ruptured disc in witch i had surgery had the eperldoral shots and have been on vicodin  2 ye?

Many possibilities: There are many options after the treatment you have already received. You may consider another surgical opinion, repeating the epidural, confirming that there is still nerve damage from an emg/ncv test, and/or try other forms of treating nerve pain such as neuropathic pain medications or alternative treatments like acupuncture, . ...Read more

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I had bilateral sagittal split osteotomy surgery recently. My inf alv nerve was torn but was reconnected during surgery. I have numbness and an intense burning sensation. I this healing or neuropathy? Permanent or temporary?

I had bilateral sagittal split osteotomy surgery recently. My inf alv nerve was torn but was reconnected during surgery.  I have numbness and an intense burning sensation. I this healing or neuropathy? Permanent or temporary?

Too soon to tell.: At this point in your surgical recovery, your body is going through a lot of healing. There will be discomfort from the procedue itself. Numbness and burning pain are both typical of nerve injury, even if that nerve has been repaired. Nerves heal very slowly. It is too soon to know how long you will have the discomfort, but likely these feelings are not permanent. ...Read more

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