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Neurologic Problems Nerve Conditions
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
Possibly: This compound is what's known as a sympathomimetic because it raises heart rate and constructs your blood vessels which raises your blood pressure. Brain damage can happen from many different causes one of which is strokes or a blood vessel blockage or rip. To say that the compound causes brain damage would be incorrect but long term usage could predispose you to brain blood vessel diseases ...Read more
Why is a head CT no longer indicated after 24 hours of a head trauma? Is it b/c a neurologic problem would be obvious from H&P after that time frame?
What could it show?: If you aren't having any symptoms at that point, chances are that the CT will show nothing. Most neurological symptoms are quick to develop (within 24 hrs) if they occur & would be permanent if they persisted for 1 day. Besides, what diference would a CT scan make? If a neurological exam isn't abnormal, then there's nothing to do with any CT scan result: it's exposure to radiation & wasting money. ...Read more
I have had bone pain for 9 months. I have been tested for cancer, brain diseases, nerve conditions and any rheumatologic possibilities. Suggestions?
Skeletal x-ray, MRI: Many possibilities of bony pain- from muskuloskeletal, neurological etc. If I am not mistaken, you are recently diagnosed of having mgus 19 months ago, correct? I recommend you to get a skeletal bone survey to be done. If that is normal- you should consider pet scan (superior than skeletal bone survey) or MRI of spines to detect bony lesion that may be associated with your plasma cell disorder. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can nerve conditions mimic lupus symptoms? I have high ANA but no other positive lupus test. Severe muscle pain and all over itchiness for 1 year.
Fever and damage: There is a condition called malignant hyperthermia, a disorder in which muscle breaks down, releasing myoglobin which is toxic to the kidney and results in significant muscle damage and even death usually fever is not the cause of the damage. The damage is caused by whatever has caused the elevated temperature, for example prolonged seizures with fever.. ...Read more
Can tingling of feet, hands, sore back be a neurology problem like damaged nerves? Or an underlaying disease?
Yes: tingling of hands and feet means that there is irritation of the peripheral nerves, we call this a neuropathy. Most neuropathies that are acquired are due to an immune attack on ther peripheral nerves. Conditons like lupus, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis make one more prone to neuropathy. And are treatable. ...Read more
Trigeminal Neuralgia: I think you meant trigeminal neuralgia. If so, trigeminal neuralgia is a chronic pain condition that affects the trigeminal nerve, which carries sensation from your face to your brain. If you have trigeminal neuralgia, even mild stimulation of your face such as from brushing your teeth or putting on makeup may trigger a jolt of excruciating pain. ...Read more
Loss of sensation: I'm assuming you are referring to peripheral nerve degeneration, which typically affects the longest nerves (toes and feet followed by fingers and hands). Loss of sensation predisposes to skin trauma and ulcers as well as joint changes. Loss of strength typically occurs later in the course. ...Read more
Neuropathy: The condition peripheral neuropathy affects the nerves that travel away from the spine out to the limbs (ie. The periphery). This is a diffuse process and usually the cause is a systemic issue as it is distributed throughout the body. Some of the common causes of peripheral neuropathy include diabetes mellitus, autoimmune disease, drugs. ...Read more
Herniated disc: The most common cause of a pinched nerve in a young person is a herniated disc. This occurs when some disc material-the cushion that exists between each vertebral body-protrudes out from its normal confines. It then squeezes or pinches a nerve root that is passing by. This leads to radiating pain and numbness down a limb. In the severe cases-weakness exists. Neurosurgery decompression is effective. ...Read more
Nerve diseases: Which disease you have on mind? Just don't get old! I guess the disease that comes to my mind is B12 deficiency which may be treated. It causes anemia, peripheral neuropathy and dementia. Check your levels during your yearly physical exam or if you have symptoms suggestive of the above. Other neurological conditions cannot be prevented. ...Read more
Several types: One type of degenerative nerve disease is when the sheath around the actual nerve fibers deteriorated, thus dramatically slowing the impulses traveling down the axon of the nerve. Other types include the development of inclusions within the nerve body itself damaging its ability to function. Also there are diseases wherein the glial support cells in the brain fall apart destroying the support. ...Read more
Can a tetanus shot be harmful if you already have a nerve condition, such as demyelinating polyneuropathy?
NOT REALLY: I do not believe that tetanus shots provide any significant nerve damage risk to otherwise healthy pts, and there is NO evidence, or relationship to worsening of chronic demyelinating polyneuritis, after a tetanus injection. Do not worry, but do get treatment for this by regular IVIG infusions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are there any other conditions B12 could treat other than a B12 deficiency? Since getting shots, 95% of my neurologic and nerve-related symptoms gon
Not A Panacea: It will only definitely treat something that results from its deficiency, like many problems of nerves. But it is used in just about every cell in the body as a cofactor and may indirectly affect a lot of metabolic processes. It's been touted for problems from restless legs to a cream for eczema and a sublingual pill for canker sores. I'll bet they come up with a B12 enema soon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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