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Doctor insights on: Nerve Root Effacement

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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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What is effacement of the right exiting nerve root?

Being pressed on: This means the nerve root is being pressed on as it exits the spine. For example, it could be pressed on by a disc or by changes in the bones or ligaments related to arthritis. However, just because a scan may show the nerve being pressed on doesn't mean it is causing symptoms. This has to be decided after speaking with and examining the patient. ...Read more

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What happens if a cervical nerve root is severely damaged?

LONGER TO RECOVER: If the root is chronically and fully compressed, could result in outer and inner nerve damage, which would truly require surgical decompression asap, but postop recovery could take months. However, the root could be salvaged. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me about a nerve root block?

Treating pain: Nerve root blocks are used by a trained pain specialist (anesthesiologist). Local anesthetic is injected in an attempt to help with the painful nerve root syndrome. It is used to relive your nerve root pain. ...Read more

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On average, how long will a nerve root injection take to ease the pain?

Immediate: Nerve root injections are usually performed with a local anesthetic drug that works immediately. ...Read more

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Do selective nerve root injections have any risks. Can they worsen your pain?

Do selective nerve root injections have any risks. Can they worsen your pain?

Corticosteroid Shot?: If you are referring to corticosteroid injections near a spinal? "root" nerve for possibly an arthritic condition that may be causing inflammation and pain, they can help but can have complications that can be serious. If the injection introduces bacteria, an infection can occur. If injected directly into tendons or nerves, it can cause severe damage. Most doctors limit them to 3 or 4 a year. ...Read more

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How effective are cervical nerve root blocks. How long do they last and can they be repeated?

How effective are cervical nerve root blocks. How long do they last and can they be repeated?

Controversial: Current recommendations are against cervical root injections because of the incidence of paralysis. Cervical epidural injections are much safer and can give you significant relief depending on the underlying issue. ...Read more

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Are those zero gravity chairs actually safe and effective in helping someone with multiple hnp with nerve root involvement?

Are those zero gravity chairs actually safe and effective in helping someone with multiple hnp with nerve root involvement?

Misdiagnoses!: There is no true 0 gravity chair. That would refute Issac Newton and all logic. You do not have herniated discs from T7 to S1. I have never seen or heard of such extensive disease. Sounds like a non-MD diagnosis or your imperception. Cardiomyopathy is serious. I would recommend second opinions on your back and exercise status. Usually, what is needed is judicious exercise and weight control. ...Read more

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Nerveroot was damag during l.P.Procedure, possible for nerve root to rejuvenate ? 14 days now has elec shocks throu body w/ pinching

Nerveroot was damag during l.P.Procedure, possible for  nerve root to rejuvenate ? 14 days now has elec shocks throu body w/ pinching

It is possible: Nervous tissue takes a long time to rejenerate. If there was nerve root damage the repair could take anywhere from 2mo to 1 year. If your symptoms persist i would suggest you follow up with a neurologist who can follow your progress. Good luck, hope this helps. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a bad s1 nerve root?

S1 injury: S1 injury would present as pain in the back of the leg, decreased plantar flexion strength(diff standing on tippi-toes) and decreased ankle reflex. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about nerve root block epidural?

Injection treatment: Epidural injection or selective nerve root blocks are done for diagnostic and therapeutic (treatment) purposes. Typically, they are done under x-ray guidance by a qualified pain specialist. Usually, it involves injection of anti-inflammatory steroid for treatment or a local anesthetic for diagnostic purposes. ...Read more

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Fluoroscopic guided nerve root block, what is this?

Fluoroscopy i: It's a continuous xray called fluoroscopy that helps guide a needle to your nerve roots to inject a local anesthetic or other agent to temporarily or permanently block them. ...Read more

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I had a fluoroscopic nerve root block and it appears to have worsened my condition, why?

I had a fluoroscopic nerve root block and it appears to have worsened my condition, why?

Injection: Itself can stir things up. Cause more irritation of the nerve root. The steroid injected which is an anti-inflammatory agent) is suppose to kick in and calm the irritated root but that does not always happen. Possible that the cause of the pain is more than just inflamed nerve root. ...Read more

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I have a molar that is broken, exposed nerve, root is in process of dying 2 months; is that dangerous?

I have a molar that is broken, exposed nerve, root is in process of dying 2 months; is that dangerous?

Dental eval.: If the tooth is broken with it's contents exposed - that definitely warrants dental attention. ...Read more

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Dear sir, the patient feels hnp can travel a long distance ( about 800 km ) by bus after taking the nerve root block injection 1 month ago?

Dear sir, 
          the patient feels hnp can travel  a long distance ( about 800 km ) by bus after taking the nerve root block injection 1 month ago?

OK, but walk.: This shouldn't be a major concern. However i would instruct the patient to make sure they are regularly getting up and walking up and down the isle every now and again every 2 hours or so. A walk to the front of the bus then to the back and perhaps stay standing at their chair for a few minutes before sitting down. ...Read more

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Is that nerve root impingement or displacement worse?

 Is that nerve root impingement or displacement worse?

Nerve root: impingement can lead to loss of function. Motor nerve root transmits impulses to muscles which may atrophy over time if the root compression cannot be alleviated. Sensory nerve root impingement will cause sensory symptoms (numbness, parasthesias and pain) in that nerve root territory. Displacement of a nerve does not necessarily result in dysfunction unless the nerve is stretched or compressed. ...Read more