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Pinched Nerve In The Neck And Armpit
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
Pinched nerve : Tingling and numbness in the upper extremities is usually caused by pinched or compressed nerve as in pinched nerve in the neck, carpal tunnel syndrome and other conditions. Its more concerning when an MRI proven pinched nerve in the neck does this to both arms. This would need further investigation with nerve studies and a timely consultation with a spine surgeon. ...Read more
Not likely: The nerves coming from the spine in the neck do not supply sensation to the face/chin. The trigeminal nerve, one of the nerves originating at the base of the skull supplies sensation to the face. People can have irritation to this nerve, but it's not caused by problems with a herniated disc in the neck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Yes: Often a pinched nerve in the neck or other cause of neck muscle stiffness can cause the "greater occipital nerve" to get irritated and produce sensations of numbness/ tingling/ "ants under the skin" in the region of the back of the scalp, the skin above the ears and even into the forehead. This is called greater occipital neuralgia and is a side effect of the primary issue. ...Read more
Yes it could.: The nerves which give sensation to the back of the scalp come from the upper three nerve roots of your neck area. If one of these are "trapped" it could cause pain. There are a number of other causes to consider if you're having pain in that area. You should consult your physician for a full examination/evaluation. ...Read more
Numbness in pinky, pain in elbow and wrist. Cysts present in armpit. Could they be causing a pinch in my ulnar nerve?
No: A pinched nerve around the elbow will only cause problems from the elbow down to the fingers. However, the same symptoms often represent a pinched nerve in the neck, which can feel like a pinched nerve in the elbow. Many of these resolve on their own. If it persists, you can get it examined to get a clearer answer. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Unusual: Pinched nerves are usually affected by motion or position but not usually by the act of eating per se. ...Read more
Can a pinched nerve in lower back cause numbness on left side of body from mid shoulder blade to toes?
Nope: The lesion would have to be higher up to involve the shoulder blade. ...Read more
Can a pinched nerve in the neck cause pain when air is on your neck? I have extreme pain in the neck that goes to the shoulder blade.
Neuropathic pain: That is neuropathic pain you describe and minor insults like air or water flowing over the nerve can cause a burning pain. Did you recently have zoster in the area? Any trauma? If this continues see yor MD or a neurologist they can work up why the nerve is "pinched" and having sensitivity ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: The nerves connect the brain to the arms and the legs. Any interruption 'upstream' ie in the neck or back can affect things 'downstream' ie in the arms or legs. ...Read more
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
Pinched nerve in shoulder,neck and armpit .Had this before,took an MRI picture,no herniated disks!! Can muscles cause this? What is the treatment?
Different causes: Pain radiating down the neck to the shoulders levels, is very often generated by the cervical facets, usually the last 3- C4-5, C5-6 C6-7. A compressed nerve root gives you a radiculopathy down the arm but thecause of compression may be a herniated disc,a neuroforaminal stenosis or a hypertrophied cervical facet that narrows the neuroforamina, or it can be compressed anywhere else down the path ...Read more
Pinched nerve in my shoulder,neck and armpit.The pain goes all the way to my hand and fourth finger.What can cause it and what is the treatment ?
Herniated disk?: Could be a ruptured disk in neck, especially since you've had the same symptoms before, which is typical. Did u get ant treatment(Tx) then? Place to start is w/ fam doc for pain meds & referral for MRI. steroids & PT would be initial Tx, unless weakness is present, in which case more urgent. Surgery may be necessary, but most resolve without. If persists or recurs, surgery more likely. . ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Pain in my neck, and upper back. I get a tingly sensation in my neck/hand. Last night i had a brief but mild throb by my armpit.Pinched nerve?Thanks
Can be: Sometimes the c8 root will give symptoms like this. Just need to see specialist to get a more detailed question and answer session and exam. ...Read more
If you have a pinched nerve in the neck is it possible to have arm pain then the arm pain would go away and move to pressure like pain to the head?
With pinched nerve in neck , could you get zaps in arm & back? After those zaps it's like my nerves went bad or loss of sensation ...should I see someone?
The short answer yes: You can start with a primary care physician who will refer you to the appropriate specialist if indicated. When a spinal nerve is pinched, regardless of the location, pain and numbness can travel along the entire length of the nerve's pathway. While there are several treatment options, the pressure on the nerve must be relieved to prevent permanent nerve damage. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
With pinched nerve in neck , could you get zaps in arm & back? After those zaps it's like my nerves are impaired or I have loss of sensation ...should I see someone?
Yes and yes: Yes, you should see someone. If your nerves are impaired now, they may get worse without treatment, causing a serious problem. ...Read more
Since last month I've had a sharp pain in my neck, shoulder,& arm all on the right side. Wondering if it could possibly be a tear or pinched nerve?
Neck, arm pain: This question is not appropriate as it is patient specific. Having stated that, yes cervical nerves do travel to the neck and upper extremity and can get "pinched". There can be many other causes of sharp pain, some of which need looking into. The exact distribution of pain is very important to direct further diagnostic tests such as MRI. ...Read more
I have a pinched nerve in my neck, the pain radiates down my arm to my fingers , what can help my problem?
Time, medication...: Time is the biggest factor as most disc problems resolve. Activity modification, traction, wearing a soft cervical collar backwards, exercise/physical therapy, medication & epidural steroid injections are options. Regular exercise and smoking cessation play a role in maintaining a healthy spine. In 10% of disc herniations, surgery indicated with 90% success rate in a non smoker. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly pinched nerve in upper left shoulder area. Radiates up neck and down left arm. Very painfully. Only relief when i lay flat on back.
Whenever I turn my neck to the right it really hurts. Also when I cough it hurts and when I lift my right arm...does this sound like a pinched nerve?
I have pain in my neck &arm is tingling when i strech it.Is it a pinched nerve?How can I treat it? It happend about 3 months ago.Putting in a water heater
Time: This is probably a pinched nerve. It could be occuring anywhere from your shouder to your neck. The treatment would consist of nsaids, heating pads, and light stretching. It will take time to heal as these muscles never get to relax. If the pain becomes too much, or if you notice muscle weakness or significant numbness you should consider a spine surgeon to evaluate your neck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pinched nerve in neck going on 48hrs. Only left side in neck, shoulder, arm. Arm is also partially asleep/numb feeling. When to see a Dr?!
I have a pinched nerve in my neck that's caused pain for years. It's my neck & it shoots down arm to hand. Whats my options without pills long term?
My whole right arm is burning and aching. It is the same color temperature and size as my other arm. Is this a pinched nerve? Tight neck cause?
What causes pain near the left scapula sometimes radiates to my chest and left arm neck. Dr says prob pinched nerve I have acid reflux as well help!?
Nerve : Sounds like it could be a pinched nerve in your lower neck. Typically these will get better on their own. You can try icing, antiinflammatories and give this some time. If it doesn't seem to be letting up, an MRI can be done and other treatments can be tried. Follow up with your doc too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a pinched nerve. When moving my neck, I get pins and needles in my left arm. What should I do?
Cervical Disc: Your symptoms of paresthesias in the left arm with neck movement are commonly seen with a cervical disc herniation. Oral steroids may be of benefit to reduce any inflammation of the nerve but an MRI scan would be warranted if the symptoms are not improving or worsening. Consider seeing a neurosurgeon and, at your age, one who is interested in arthroplasty for motion preservation. ...Read more
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