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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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Can a pinch nerve in your neck cause bad headaches? I have been getting them a lot lately on the back left side and front side above my left eye.

Can a pinch nerve in your neck cause bad headaches? I have been getting them a lot lately on the back left side and front side above my left eye.

Possible: If you have muscle tension due to neck pain you could develop headache. But be careful of how much Advil (ibuprofen) you are taking for headache because too much pain med could cause chronic daily headache, I suggest that you talk to your PMD for a better evaluation and treatment of your headache. ...Read more

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How do you treat pinched nerves in the neck from forward head posture? I'm getting headaches and dizziness when standing. Other problems too...

How do you treat pinched nerves in the neck from forward head posture? I'm getting headaches and dizziness when standing. Other problems too...

Physical therapy: First line treatment for forward head posture is physical therapy, in which the muscles at the back part of your neck/spine can be strengthened to improve your posture. You may find that the improved posture helps your other symptoms too. Do see a physician if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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Pins n needles daily in arms/legs, some face. Phsy. Therapy found no pinch nerve in neck. No pain. Just stiff back sometimes. Tension like headaches?

Pins n needles daily in arms/legs, some face. Phsy. Therapy found no pinch nerve in neck. No pain. Just stiff back sometimes. Tension like headaches?

Possible neuropathy: It is possible that you have some nerve inflammation called peripheral neuropathy--sometimes caused by illnesses such as diabetes, trauma (burns/crush injury) vitamin deificiency, HIV disease, and at times no known causes found. It seems that this is really bothering you and affecting your life, I would consult doc for a thorough evaluation and possible treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve in neck cause tingling in face and head?

Can a pinched nerve in neck cause tingling in face and head?

Yes: A pinched nerve certainly can, most notably in a distribution starting at the base of your skull in the back and wrapping up around your scalp and onto your forehead on one side. Irritation to some nerves in your neck can also lead to lower face and head tingling as well. If it progresses, or if it does not go away in a few weeks, you may need some imaging to make sure there is no entrapment. ...Read more

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Can pinched nerve in neck cause serve pain on the side of your head?

Can pinched nerve in neck cause serve pain on the side of your head?

Neck and head pain: Cervical nerve problems and cervical arthritis can cause cervicogenic headaches. Not uncommon. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve cause pain in the neck (jugular area) and pain around the top of your head which is sensitive to touch?

Can a pinched nerve cause pain in the neck (jugular area) and pain around the top of your head which is sensitive to touch?

Yes: Pinched nerves can cause so much actual and referred pain. So, if you've had the pain for more than a week or few days, call your PCP, and have it examined, and see what is going on. If it's musculoskeletal, it's easily fixed or remedied with meds, PT, or osteopathic manipulation by a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO).If it's more than that, you'll be visiting a neurologists. So, start w/UR PCP! ...Read more

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Might a pinched nerve in your neck cause shooting pains when you turn your head and cause tingling?

Might a pinched nerve in your neck cause shooting pains when you turn your head and cause tingling?

Dr. Roy G. Spurling: When you turn your head to one side & experience tingling and shooting pain (radiculopathy) in your arm, upper back or shoulder region on the same side your neck was turned to, it may be indicative of a pinched nerve (foraminal stenosis; nerve root impingement. Modification of this maneuver performed by the doctor is called spurling's maneuver or sign, named after the neurosurgeon who named it. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve in the neck cause head pinch and body tremors daily?

Can a pinched nerve in the neck cause head pinch and body tremors daily?

Herniated disc: A herniated disc in the neck can cause a pinched nerve or pressure on the spinal cord. Depending on the severity of the compression, the pain can radiate into the head, create tension migraines, radiating pain into the arms, hand numbness, weakness, and tremors or spasms in the legs. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve in the neck or head cause you to be off balance and have daily body tremors? How would a pinch nerve be diagnosed?

Can a pinched nerve in the neck or head cause you to be off balance and have daily body tremors? How would a pinch nerve be diagnosed?

Yes: Some of the nerves in the neck connect with your balance system (c2), and this nerve is sometimes blocked to treat vertigo. Mri may be helpful, or it may not. Tremors are another issue and most likely unrelated. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve in your neck cause shooting pains when you turn your head?

Can a pinched nerve in your neck cause shooting pains when you turn your head?

Yes: Nerves in the upper cervical area can extend into the back of the head (occipital area) which can result in neck pain with combined headaches. Seek out a neurologist to evaluate for different types of headaches - if ruled out, consider imaging or other diagnostic testing to determine if headaches are spinal in origin. ...Read more

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Can a neck spasm or pinched nerve cause tingling on left side of head and arm?

Can a neck spasm or pinched nerve cause tingling on left side of head and arm?

Yes: A pinched nerve on the left side of the neck can cause numbness, tingling, spasms, or weakness in the left side of the neck or the left arm. ...Read more

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Neuro said I had severe pinched nerves in neck or "cervical radiculopathy" he said this is cause of my very mild swallowing and breathing issues true?

Neuro said I had severe pinched nerves in neck or "cervical radiculopathy" he said this is cause of my very mild swallowing and breathing issues true?

Insufficient data: Does "neuro" mean neurologist or neurosurgeon? Why did you meekly accept the answer but then post here? Ask doc to explain the neuroanatomy: EXACTLY what cervical levels, roots &/or nerves are affected & which ones involve breathing & which swallowing. Ask to review test results (MRI, CT, myelogram or EMG/NCS). Finally, if no treatment is recommended, I suggest seeking another opinion. ...Read more

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I awoke with numbness in my left cheek had a slight twitch in my chin for a few days. Can a pinched nerve in neck and between shoulder blades cause it?

I awoke with numbness in my left cheek had a slight twitch in my chin for a few days. Can a pinched nerve in neck and between shoulder blades cause it?

Cheek numbness: Its is possible but since we have no information about you, not even your age let alone any medical history, no relevant response can be offered. If symptom persists, please see your doctor. ...Read more

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Could a pinched nerve in a neck cause numbness in the body and face?

Could a pinched nerve in a neck cause numbness in the body and face?

No: Pinched nerve in neck causes numbness and tingling in one or both arms depending on the side of pinching. The numbness on face and body suggests problem on the opposite side of brain. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve in the neck be the cause of headache?

Can a pinched nerve in the neck be the cause of headache?

Potentially: The usual causes of a pinched nerve in the neck are disc herniation, bone spurs or collapsed disc space. Most patients have arm pain, numbness or weakness in the area served by the irritated nerve. Occasionally, patients will also complain of headaches, jaw pain.

Check with a neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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Would it be possible that a pinched nerve in the neck cause headache?

Would it be possible that a pinched nerve in the neck cause headache?

Yes: The nerves of the higher cervical junctions also innervate the muscles of the neck. As the neck hurts the body tries to immobilize the neck to decrease the pain. This can then cause the muscles in your neck and head to spasm causing a muscular headache. ...Read more

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Can pinched nerve in my neck cause jaw pain?

Can pinched nerve in my neck cause jaw pain?

Bulging discs: A punches nerve due to bulging discs in your neck can cause all sorts of pains from numb hands to severe headaches. Even heart attacks radiate into the jaw. Unless you've had a clear exam from your dentist, don't forget the obvious reason for jaw ache is tooth, gum, or some other oral problem. Have a dental exam before looking elsewhere. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve from a whiplash cause headache and tightness on top of head?

Can a pinched nerve from a whiplash cause headache and tightness on top of head?

And much more.: Whiplash injuries have been known to cause an unbelievable assortment of symptoms. I'm sure that yours can be found to be one of them. It is obviously a concern, and as such, you should be evaluated to minimize the lasting effects of these types of injuries. ...Read more

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Hi can being tense, stressed and anxious cause multiple irritated / pinched nerves in neck? To an extent where fingers and head tingle randomly?

Hi can being tense, stressed and anxious cause multiple irritated / pinched nerves in neck? To an extent where fingers and head tingle randomly?

No, but it can make: You feel that way with muscular symptoms about the neck and tingling sensation about the head and neck as well as into the arms/hands. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve in the neck cause eye and facial pain?

Can a pinched nerve in the neck cause eye and facial pain?

Cervicogenic facial: If the higher nerves in the neck (c2 and c3) are pinched, usually from a disc herniation, spondylosys, and also rheumatoid arthritis, radicular pain can manifest itself as eye, ear and/or facial pain. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve in my neck cause my eyeball to shake back and forth? Two days now when I wake left eye shakes for a minute then stops. Scared!

Can a pinched nerve in my neck cause my eyeball to shake back and forth? Two days now when I wake left eye shakes for a minute then stops. Scared!

Nystagmus: Is lateral "shaking" of eyeballs, but usually on lateral gaze and bilateral. If accompanied by vertigo, it is probably just labyrinthitis and benign. If you have severe vertigo, nausea, vomiting, orheadaches, it could be a brain tumor, so see your doctor about this. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve in back of neck kill you or cause you to not be able to swollow? Pain is base of skull into ear and up to top of skull.

Pinched nerve: Occurs when too much pressure is applied to a nerve by surrounding tissues. The common symptoms are numbness, sharp, aching or burning pain, which may radiate outward to your ear, eye, pharynx and extremities.
Treatment: physical therapy, medications, cognitive behavioral therapy and acupuncture.
The treatment is usually effective and no need to die.
Rec.: see a pain management specialist. ...Read more

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Can a pinch nerve in the neck or crown of skull cause dizziness? Strained neck heard a pop doesn't hurt but very annoying. Lower back of head tender.

Pinched Nerve: A pinched nerve in the neck can cause temporary and limited episodes of dizziness but it shouldn't necessarily persist as long periods of dizziness. There might be something else going on if that is the case, including a diskmpronlem with nerve or vascualr compromise. If the dizziness doesn't clear expeditiously, I would make an appointment to see a neurologist and have it thoroughly checked out. ...Read more

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Can pinched nerve in upper thoracic spine cause headaches and more during seasonal changes back of heard to cheeks to face? Symptoms and where?

Can pinched nerve in upper thoracic spine cause headaches and more during seasonal changes back of heard to cheeks to face? Symptoms and where?

Possibly: The common denominator being muscle tightness. Most helpful strategy towards improvement involve healthy living (yoga, reduce stress, healthy eating and sleeping habits, heating pads). Seasonal changes may contribute to stress or exertion (have you shoveled your driveway lately?). ...Read more

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Is a pinched nerve in the neck at C5 C6 a serious condition? Is a pinched nerve like cervical radiculopathy? Please help

Is a pinched nerve in the neck at C5 C6 a serious condition? Is a pinched nerve like cervical radiculopathy? Please help

Outcome varies: If there is compression of one of the nerve roots it is sometimes equivalent to a "pinched nerve". This type of physical compression of a nerve root can result in a radiculopathy. The outcome is variable. Sometimes over a period of days - weeks the radiculopathy will spontaneously improve. If you start noticing difficulty in pinching (weakness) of your thumb and index finger then check with MD. ...Read more

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I suspect I have pulled muscles or pinched nerves in neck/upper back, causes headaches. Going to doc, but can a special pillow help ease pressure?

Possible: A specialized pillow for neck stability may ease the discomfort but you should have imaging of your head and neck as well as treatment such as physical therapy, massage, acupuncture and if particularly bad, steroid injections or nerve blocks may be helpful. But first an evaluation should be done. ...Read more

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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more